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January 4, 2018

Resisting Temptation

I was overjoyed. It was Friday and payday. But I had a problem. I had no money to take the bus to my job to pick up my check. I thought...

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January 3, 2018

1,630 Kilometers of Prayer

As I traveled with a group from my home country, Ukraine, to Russia to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Methodist Church in Eurasia, Ukraine was experiencing a political, economic, and...

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January 2, 2018

Jesus Wept

The phone call came in the middle of an ordinary morning. The caller was almost incoherent, overcome with grief. “Ricky is dead.” Ricky was my nephew. It was a freak accident,...

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January 1, 2018

Another Year Begins

It’s that time again, and I am ready to begin another new year. I have the same hopes for this year as I did for the last one: exercise more, get...

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December 31, 2017

Beautiful Flowers

Today’s quoted scripture was written for early Christians, but I think many people who struggle with low self-esteem can identify with these words today. At sixteen years old, I am no...

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December 30, 2017

The Focal Point

I have always enjoyed drawing. During one of my classes on caricature drawing, my professor said: “Before drawing the outline of the person, place a cross on the face. This will...

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December 29, 2017

Still Loving and Caring

What should have been one of the happiest days of my life ended up being one of the loneliest. Eight days before my graduation from seminary, my wife decided she didn’t...

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December 28, 2017

Christmas Is Not Over

Our family had just enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and gift exchange. Our relatives were headed back to their homes. “Well, I guess Christmas is over for another year,” my husband...

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December 27, 2017

A Moving Experience

The verse quoted above sounds romantic when it is read at a wedding ceremony, but when it came to packing up and following my husband to a new city, it struck...

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December 26, 2017

Lots of Living to Do

Some say that happiness is what we make it. The more time I spend with a certain friend, the more I’m convinced that’s true. My friend was a successful businessman. Then...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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