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December 29, 2016

The Best Dwelling Place

I have lived in many different places since my parents, brothers, and I left Latvia to escape communism. On our journey to freedom, we lived a short time in Poland and...

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December 28, 2016

The Bruised Reed

Early civilizations developed methods to transform reeds into paper, papyrus, and also to weave them into baskets, mats, and rope. Reeds were functional and beautiful. In contrast, a bruised reed was...

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December 27, 2016

Seek and Call

I remember a time when I was seeking the Lord for guidance regarding a job opportunity. Every aspect of the position seemed right except for 
one: my wife and I would...

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December 26, 2016

One More Thing

Our church has had a long-standing relationship with the elementary school down the hill from us. Church members provide for students’ material needs — from school supplies to underwear. Recently church...

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December 25, 2016


As Americans living in Bangladesh, my husband and I longed to be with other Christians for the Christmas celebration. Since we were too far to travel home, we chose to visit...

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December 24, 2016

Trusting Jesus

I conducted the Christmas morning service at a country church in New South Wales. Following the service, I was greeting the people at the door. A neatly dressed young man with...

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December 23, 2016

God Hears Our Prayers

Our Bible study leader makes a list of our prayer requests so that we can pray for one another’s specific needs. I recently asked the group to pray that God would...

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December 22, 2016

A Time For Everything

When my nephew called to tell me that my 27-year-old niece, Jen, had died suddenly and unexpectedly, my whole body began to shake. She had been like a daughter to me....

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December 21, 2016

Living in Harmony

My daughter and granddaughter met a woman named Sophia who needed somewhere to live that was nearer to her place of employment. After discussing cost, rules, and responsibilities, they reached an...

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December 20, 2016

The Aroma of Christ

As I was working in my garden one day, I noticed one winter rose starting to bloom. Since I knew that the cold would kill it anyway, I clipped it off...

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Jesus is speaking to us . . .

"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE