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March 21, 2017

The Shadow of Lent

From the large picture window of my childhood home we could watch storms develop across the vast fields. They started as a cloud on the horizon that grew larger and darker...

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March 20, 2017

Celebration Practice

I was exhausted from the fast pace of my first collegiate softball practice and the pressure to make a good first impression. Just when I thought practice was over, Coach called...

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March 19, 2017

3rd Sunday in Lent

When I’m at a social gathering and someone discovers I’m a pastor, the person often responds with nervous laughter and says something like, “I’d better watch my language!” Then sometimes people...

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March 18, 2017

Ready to Serve

When I read the announcement asking for Sunday school teachers, I thought, I want to serve in the church, but I don’t feel prepared. I talked with the pastor, who encouraged...

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March 17, 2017

The Power of Prayer

Seventy years ago, at the age of two, I lay strapped to a board for several months. This was the only form of medical help available to those who had infantile...

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March 16, 2017

Planting God’s Love

As a young man I suffered a series of losses and failures that left me with a hard heart. The God I had known as a youth seemed to have disappeared....

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March 15, 2017

Welcoming the Stranger

I once led a group that met twice a week for lunch at the local community college. One day a new student sat down at the far end of our table....

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March 14, 2017

All God’s Children

The coffin was carried in, and the family followed in a seemingly never-ending stream. All the seats in the big church were filled. Margaret had always loved children, and in some...

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March 13, 2017


Worshiping with fellow Christians is special. Being fed from the word of God, being taught and encouraged by singing and praying together, giving to meet the needs of others, and remembering...

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March 12, 2017

2nd Sunday in Lent

I tend to be a slow learner, and I also tend to think that I know what’s best. As a teenager, I sometimes did what I wanted to do instead of...

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Sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ . . .

“Prayer, searching the scripture, and service are means of entering into and sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ. A balanced spiritual practice helps us get in step with the transforming rhythm of Jesus’ life with God: work and worship, engagement and rest, service and Sabbath, contemplation and action.” Read more.