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April 22, 2017

Great Expectations

When we look at the first Easter, we see that everyone 
except Jesus had expectations that were not fulfilled. Peter expected to remain loyal 
to Jesus. King Herod 
expected Jesus to...

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April 21, 2017

The Aroma of Christ

I used to work at a local mission. Some of my most vivid memories of that place are of the distinct smells I encountered there. Before guests arrived, the aroma of...

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April 20, 2017

The Gift of Laughter

One Sunday morning I noticed many solemn faces in my congregation. I knew these people well, and many concerns weighed on their hearts. As I invited the children to come forward...

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April 19, 2017

Someone Prayed for Me

Each time I hear the song, “Somebody Prayed for Me,”* I remember a special woman, a servant of God, who prayed for me during a time when I was rebelling against...

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April 18, 2017

God’s Perfect Harmony

For my birthday one year, my daughter, Veronica, gave me a deluxe collection of gospel music. The collection contains nearly everything — classic hymns, artists that my parents grew up listening...

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April 17, 2017

The Best Out of the Worst

Every Easter morning my family would gather at the table to begin our Easter celebration by eating rice bread that our mother baked for us. One Easter morning, my siblings and...

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April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

None of the biblical accounts explains how the Resurrection took place. The Gospel writers say nothing about how the stone was rolled away or what happened to bring Jesus back to...

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April 15, 2017

To Pray is to Change

Last year I was diagnosed with a deadly heart disease. The prognosis was grim, and my sole option was a highly specialized surgery. Fortunately I was selected for a program that...

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April 14, 2017


Each year when my husband and I planted corn, we 
marveled as the kernels we planted would grow and become stalks with many ears of corn, each ear with many kernels...

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April 13, 2017

A Secure Grip

When I was young, my family went walking in the forests of Hogsback, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. To get to the top of the slope, we first had...

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