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May 16, 2017

Choosing Joy

I spent one summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan planning and leading children’s activities. Before I arrived I imagined that the other staff members would be friendly, that the children...

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May 15, 2017

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One of my favorite places to study the Bible and to spend my devotional time is in the room adjoining our kitchen, near a fireplace and lots of windows. In this...

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May 14, 2017

Seeds of Faith

My parents were of Armenian heritage. My mother’s name was Zabel, or Isabel. I give thanks to God for my parents and their legacy of family prayer. I remember with fondness...

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May 13, 2017

No One to Help

It was the Sabbath. Jesus and the disciples were in Jerusalem when they encountered a number of people who were blind, sick, and lame waiting by the pool of Bethesda. These...

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May 12, 2017

Unflinching Devotion

My elder brother, Ajagaboka, takes great delight in his service to God. Most weekends, he wakes up early and joins the women in our local church in keeping the chapel clean....

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May 11, 2017

Unchanging Values

When asking for directions to a certain shop, a newcomer friend asked me, “Is it on the right side of the street or the left side?” I replied that it depended...

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May 10, 2017

God, the Mother

“My translation says something different here,” my co-leader said. We were leading a discussion on Psalm 91 and its comparison of God to a fortress that can protect and shield us....

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May 9, 2017

Clean Viewing

Winter seemed to drag on for months and left all the windows of our home covered with a dull film. On the first nice day of spring, my wife washed them....

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May 8, 2017

Using Time Wisely

One night, after a period of feeling detached from God, I received word that one of my childhood friends had died in a traffic accident. The news was so painful that...

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May 7, 2017

Learning to Listen

My husband, Dan, and I have been birdwatching together for 20 years. Recognizing bird songs helps us to know which bird is near so that we can more easily spot it....

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God’s transforming presence . . .

“Spiritual vitality in our churches stems from our openness to God’s transforming presence, not in anxious striving. Tending the soul of the congregation starts with attending to God’s presence in our lives as leaders, then bringing the same prayerful openness into the meetings and ministries of the church. Our work is to help the people to pay attention to, listen to, learn from, and live in the Spirit.” Read more.