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October 3, 2016

serving with faith

As a teenager, I was in a youth service group. The group was made up of young people from 10 churches within a 
radius of 60 km (37 miles). Years later,...

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October 2, 2016

God’s Shirt

I was studying full-time and trying to hold down a part-time job as a pastor. My spouse worked full-time. One day, my toddler son sat on my lap at my desk....

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October 1, 2016

Stealing Jesus

I could tell something was wrong with my friend before she made it to my bunk. She had a bewildered look on her face as she approached me. “You will never...

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September 30, 2016

Shining God’s Goodness

Sometimes we see the evil in this world and wonder how a loving God could let it go unchecked. I think perhaps we should be asking a different question. Aren’t goodness,...

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September 29, 2016

The Lord’s Song

When I was eight years old, I asked the Lord into my heart in Sunday school and soon discovered the joy of singing and dancing for Jesus. In fifth grade, when...

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September 28, 2016

It’s NOT Fair!

“It’s not fair!” As a father of five, I have heard that a few times. I don’t think we ever grow out of that feeling. Jesus told a parable about fairness....

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September 27, 2016

Where to Focus?

I looked up to see cobwebs outside on my upstairs window. As I thought about the best way to clean them up, along came a Willy Wagtail who flew to the...

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September 26, 2016

Desire to Change

“I really said that?” The new teacher’s assistant had just spent five minutes badgering a struggling student. Hearing her words and irritated tone of voice, the demoralized second-grade boy had slumped...

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September 25, 2016

Focusing on the Divine

That Sunday the pews were filled. I was seated near the front surveying the gathered church family when suddenly a tiny spider came dangling down from the ceiling before my eyes....

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September 24, 2016

Riptides

From the walkway above Ipanema Beach near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I saw a terrible sight. A young man was caught in a fierce riptide and quickly swept out to sea....

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A Desire to Belong

“We all have a desire to connect and belong. It is my prayer that every young person seeking God and a safe place to belong will find a faith community that loves and supports them.” 

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