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December 4, 2017

Simply Doing Good

A friend and I were collecting trash along a walkway in our town. We picked up discarded coffee cups, hamburger wrappers, and potato chip bags. When we spotted two city employees...

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December 3, 2017

First Sunday of Advent

Advent may be the church season of beginnings, but in the northern hemisphere Advent occurs during a cold season in which very little in nature is pointing to burgeoning life. But...

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December 2, 2017

God’s Comfort

I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2013 when the Rana Plaza building collapsed killing 1,100 people — most of them women. I reluctantly decided not to join the search for...

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December 1, 2017

Our Anchor

I never thought about the absolute necessity of an anchor until I stood aboard a 1935, 45-foot, double-masted sailing vessel watching dark storm clouds roll in above the Chesapeake Bay. The...

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November 30, 2017

No Records

When I was a child my mom preferred to buy meats from a small grocery store south of town. Occasionally, Mom did not have enough money for her purchases. Mr. Holler,...

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November 29, 2017

The Good Samaritan

The good Samaritan story is so familiar to me that I often skim through it instead of looking at the details. Most of us think we are, or should be, the...

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November 28, 2017

“God is Good!”

Over 30 years ago I met a woman who made a lasting impression on my faith journey. She was bright, articulate, a mother of two young children, and a career woman....

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November 27, 2017

Willing to Learn

“You should write a book,” my pastor friend told me after I led a workshop at his church. He thought my ideas deserved a wider audience; I thought his idea ridiculous....

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November 26, 2017

Passion that Motivates

My son was raving about his favorite sport, rugby. As I sat there nodding now and again, all I needed to say was, “Wow!” or “Really?” He was waving his arms...

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November 25, 2017

Regaining Trust

I am a teenager and an international student from China living with a host family in the United States. Recently I made a huge mistake and lost my host family’s trust....

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God comes to us . . .

"God comes to the woman who feels in exile in her own marriage. To the man who grieves the loss of life dreams. To the child who lives on the street. To the parents who struggle to feed and clothe their children. To the one whose loneliness or depression intensifies every Christmas." Click to watch video.