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September 22, 2016

Seeds of the Gospel

The soil was tilled and the seeds carefully planted. The spring rains were timely, and with proper care our garden flourished. We canned 50 jars of green beans and were able...

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September 21, 2016

Keeping A Connection

We enjoy entertaining our friend who is a Chinese 
exchange student. He’s enthusiastic about his classes and his time with our American family. However, each 
evening at 7:30 he 
excuses himself,...

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September 20, 2016

Clouds of Blessing

It had been a day of mixed emotions as I visited patients in the hospital. I listened to one family’s fears about imminent death and grief. Then a radiant young person...

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September 19, 2016

The Anchor and the Cross

Our grandson Landon loves boats. When he visits us, he pretends our long front porch is a ship. He “hoists the sails” by tugging on the cords of the window blinds...

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September 18, 2016

Privileged to Teach

I recently turned 80 years old. Even at this age, I cannot forget my Sunday school teachers. I attended Sunday school from the ages of three to 18. During this period,...

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September 17, 2016

Hide-and-Seek

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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Missing an Opportunity

"I am concerned about our aging church membership, not out of fear that we are becoming an 'old' church; rather, my concern is that churches are missing an opportunity to help build the Kingdom of God with older adults." Read more . . .