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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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December 19, 2016

The Perfect Parent

When I was pregnant with my first child, someone told me that becoming a parent for the first time would deepen my understanding of God’s love for me. They were right....

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December 18, 2016

The God Who Understands

Although Christmas is a time of joy for many, it can also be a time of sorrow. Some people experience isolation and loneliness in the face of broken relationships or the...

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December 17, 2016

Calm Amid Chaos

News of chaos in communities around the world tempts me to live in fear. Threats of violent attacks, natural disasters, war, disease, famine, and financial crises alarm me. When I have...

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December 16, 2016

Not What I Planned

For years, I dreamed of serving on a mission in another country. When I heard about a week-long mission trip to Haiti, I was excited! But then I was told about...

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December 15, 2016

Reaching Out

After knee surgery, I had a difficult recovery. I live alone and quickly found that I simply could not manage on my own. I do not like to ask for help...

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December 14, 2016

Unsentimental Christmas

If I could omit one part of the New Testament, it would be the story in Matthew 2:16-18. I wonder why Matthew included it when Mark, Luke, and John were able...

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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.