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March 27, 2017

Tunnels

A few years ago our family was returning from a road trip to Mumbai. I was driving on Mumbai-Pune Expressway and enjoying the scenic stretch surrounded by hills and 
valleys. Suddenly,...

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March 26, 2017

4th Sunday in Lent

My daughter Alexis is an active three-year-old who loves 
to talk. Her favorite question is, “Why?” Many days we have in-depth conversations about why I go to work, why she goes...

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March 25, 2017

“Thank You for Being Here”

As a public-utility worker for many years, I went out on service calls — often at odd times and to bad situations. Many times, I was greeted by someone who acted...

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March 24, 2017

A Cup of Tea

It was a dry, dusty afternoon. Spring was turning to summer in Italy, and the smell of the sea drifted from the port and wound through the narrow streets. Difficult circumstances...

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March 23, 2017

No Need for a Monument

In March of 2015, the founding prime minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, passed away. He is considered the father of modern Singapore because he led the growth of the...

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March 22, 2017

Strength in Christ

For many months, my six children and I were homeless and living in our rundown car. We got most of our food out of dumpsters and washed up in gas station...

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March 21, 2017

The Shadow of Lent

From the large picture window of my childhood home we could watch storms develop across the vast fields. They started as a cloud on the horizon that grew larger and darker...

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March 20, 2017

Celebration Practice

I was exhausted from the fast pace of my first collegiate softball practice and the pressure to make a good first impression. Just when I thought practice was over, Coach called...

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March 19, 2017

3rd Sunday in Lent

When I’m at a social gathering and someone discovers I’m a pastor, the person often responds with nervous laughter and says something like, “I’d better watch my language!” Then sometimes people...

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March 18, 2017

Ready to Serve

When I read the announcement asking for Sunday school teachers, I thought, I want to serve in the church, but I don’t feel prepared. I talked with the pastor, who encouraged...

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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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