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September 17, 2016


Hide-and-seek was one of my favorite childhood games. I remember curling up behind my dad’s recliner, stifling a giggle that begged to erupt. My 
sister, Rainey, would prowl through the house...

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September 16, 2016

Not the Final Word

On a trip to Israel, I visited the gravesite that many people think is Lazarus’s tomb. It was a somber but hopeful experience. Being in that place brought to mind the...

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September 15, 2016

A Sympathetic Savior

Someone in my seventh-grade Sunday school class 
remarked that Jesus experienced all the same temptations and trials that we face today. Then one girl’s head shot up; and with a questioning...

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September 14, 2016

A Concert of God’s Word

When I was a little girl, I took piano lessons. Playing piano was not something that came naturally to me, and my teacher assigned me only the 
simplest tunes. Within a...

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September 13, 2016

a Spiritual Family

It was my 47th birthday. I was celebrating it without any family that year because God had called me to serve in a new church in a different state from the...

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September 12, 2016

Begin with Truth

Although I am generally an optimist, I know things don’t always turn out well. Financial fears sometimes come true. Biopsy results sometimes show cancer. People disappoint us. Problems arise.I was often...

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September 11, 2016

Give me the words, Lord

After the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, I was asked to help at the New York City Family Assistance Center. I was assigned to the legal division to...

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September 10, 2016


The youth group were traveling in a caravan. Those 
following thought that the people in the first car knew their destination. Then, they 
circled around several times, one of the youth...

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September 9, 2016

THe stones will cry out

Last year just before Easter our pastor preached a beautiful sermon on today’s reading about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The pastor spoke about how important it is for each of...

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September 8, 2016

Things Above

I often ride my motorbike in the middle of traffic in Marseille, one of the most congested cities in France. Surrounded by all the potentially dangerous cars, exhaust fumes, engine noises,...

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A Breath of Fresh Air

"Discovery Weekend (The Upper Room spiritual formation weekend experience for middle schoolers) is a breath of fresh air for the youth ministry in local churches. I was impressed with the way it invited both spiritual maturity and committed leadership from our older youth as they served. Of course, our younger youth received so much as well." Read more about Discovery.