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December 11, 2016

Beyond All Expectations

I often eagerly anticipate birthdays, special outings, and holidays. The excitement grows, and then the day arrives. Sometimes I enjoy the event as fully as I expected to, but sometimes the...

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December 10, 2016

Steadfast Motivation

Anyone who knows my father-in-law, John, knows he loves God. He is also never at a loss for words. Sometimes he makes astute observations. Sometimes he simply reminds people of an...

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December 9, 2016

Wind and Waves

My mom, my two younger brothers, and I went canoeing. When a speedboat went by, the waves would rock the canoe from side to side. I would get nervous, fearing that...

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December 8, 2016

God’s Direction

As my college graduation approaches, I have a million thoughts running through my mind: Where will I work? Where will I live? How will I pay my bills? My five-and-a-
half-year journey...

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December 7, 2016

Like Trees Walking

Being the youth leader at my church is not easy for me. 
I have not raised teenagers of my own and do not have any training in working with teens. But...

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December 6, 2016

Peace that Passes 
Understanding

My friend Helen was expressing her concern for her son, who lived in a home for people with disabilities. At 86, 
she and her husband knew they would not be with...

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December 5, 2016

LEFT HAND — RIGHT HAND

My wife had surgery on her right hand and couldn’t use it for several weeks. She needed help to do almost everything; so I became her right hand. Some of the...

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December 4, 2016

Freely Given

I volunteer to speak in Sunday evening worship services for residents of a nearby healthcare facility. Preparing a fifteen-
minute sermon can be challenging. The message must be 
concise and easily understood...

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December 3, 2016

Worthy is the Lamb

We all know how hard it is to accept criticism, especially when we’re fully convinced that we’re in the right. When we get back that best-written paper from our professor, we...

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December 2, 2016

Doing What Is Right

Recently, I was struggling with feelings of uncertainty and a lack of direction; in general I wasn’t sure how I felt. My 
uncertainties were frustrating and affected nearly everything 
I did....

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Our resolve must be different.

“My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.”

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