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August 12, 2017

Keep Going

At age 16, when I joined a six-week bicycle trip through Holland, England, and France, I found Holland manageable, but England’s hills were overwhelming. I hadn’t properly trained for 
bicycling 30-50...

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August 11, 2017

Promises Made and Kept

A friend once gave me an outdoor house ornament made of faceted glass balls that rotate in the wind. I hung it outside. When I awoke to sunshine the following morning,...

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August 10, 2017

Making Room

At age 42, I developed an ailment that affected my motor skills. My gait became uneven, my head tilted to the right, and an array of other 
muscular problems left me...

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August 9, 2017

Discernment

I found an intriguing and challenging shawl pattern. The variegated yarn had the brilliant warm hues of a sunset. As I skimmed through the directions, I thought, What? This makes no...

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August 8, 2017

Perfect Love

When I was a child my family did not attend church regularly. My primary exposure to preaching was through radio sermons that were mostly about fearing God’s condemnation. I started to...

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August 7, 2017

The Great Exchange

We were miles from the nearest town. With the low-fuel warning light on in my car and two mountains to cross, I prayed, “Our cell phones don’t work out here, and...

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August 6, 2017

The old watch

As a minister, I recently received an appointment to a new congregation. I was packing and waiting for the big change in my life when I saw my grandmother’s old watch,...

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August 5, 2017

“follow me!”

In today’s reading we find Jesus talking to Peter after Peter has denied him. Jesus tries to help him focus on his own life. However, Peter instantly asks about another disciple...

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August 4, 2017

Sharing God’s Word

My friend Robin was discouraged. Only 13 children had attended our church’s annual vacation Bible school. “We put all this money into it,” she said. “I recruited people to help. I...

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August 3, 2017

10,000 Reasons

One morning I heard a song that mentions having 10,000 reasons to bless the Lord. As I listened, I asked myself, Do I have 10,000 reasons to be grateful? I began...

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"One Thanksgiving night there was a shooter in my neighborhood . . .

. . . The police were getting the closest families to evacuate. My house was close enough that we could see things happening but far enough away to be safe. The police had told some people to wait in front of our house where it was safe. There was a father and his young son outside our house, and they were getting cold. We invited them to come inside until it was safe. Thankfully, the situation was resolved without anyone getting hurt." Read more from Pockets magazine.