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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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September 23, 2016

Perfect details

A few years ago, I worked with a friend to create decorative window treatments for the stained-glass windows of our 
sanctuary. Since each stained-glass panel 
depicted a different scripture, we chose...

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September 22, 2016

Seeds of the Gospel

The soil was tilled and the seeds carefully planted. The spring rains were timely, and with proper care our garden flourished. We canned 50 jars of green beans and were able...

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September 21, 2016

Keeping A Connection

We enjoy entertaining our friend who is a Chinese 
exchange student. He’s enthusiastic about his classes and his time with our American family. However, each 
evening at 7:30 he 
excuses himself,...

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September 20, 2016

Clouds of Blessing

It had been a day of mixed emotions as I visited patients in the hospital. I listened to one family’s fears about imminent death and grief. Then a radiant young person...

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September 19, 2016

The Anchor and the Cross

Our grandson Landon loves boats. When he visits us, he pretends our long front porch is a ship. He “hoists the sails” by tugging on the cords of the window blinds...

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