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October 9, 2016

trusting god

When my wife, Rae, began chemotherapy treatments for the second time in four years, I tried to become content with our situation and rely on God for strength. My daily 
supplication...

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October 8, 2016

God is Near

One of the first things I learned as a Sunday school teacher is that one child will always cry for their parents. Sunday after Sunday at least one child dissolves into...

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October 7, 2016

Connected

My son is a United Methodist missionary. I have been fortunate to meet many faithful Christians while traveling with or visiting him in other countries. As a result, I feel just...

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October 6, 2016

Burying Your Talents?

Our interim pastor recently preached a sermon on the Parable of the Talents that helped me realize its fuller meaning. Because I had always looked at this parable only in terms...

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October 5, 2016

Fake Fishing

For my tenth birthday I begged for and received a shiny new fishing pole. On my first trip to the brook, I was squeamish about pushing the worm onto the hook,...

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October 4, 2016

God’s Constant Presence

In 2003, my husband and I decided to move out of our large house where we had lived for 44 years. The house 
that had been ideal when our three children...

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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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White Silence is inexcusable

“I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what is it that you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage. 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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