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July 26, 2018

Don’t Be Fooled

I put down the thin-skinned, brown-spotted orange and picked up a perfect, round navel orange. “Don’t be fooled by its looks,” a fellow shopper advised. “The thin-skinned orange will be sweeter...

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July 25, 2018

Meaningful Work

After my graduation, I had difficulty finding a job. I went to a town in North Sumatra, but it did not work out; so I went to another town. I sent...

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July 24, 2018

Step Out

Last summer I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to New York City. As someone who struggles with claustrophobia and a fear of crowds I wanted to avoid...

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July 23, 2018

A Change of Perspective

We had a bumper crop of dandelions. My husband joked that if we killed them all, we wouldn’t have anything left of our lawn. During this time, I was stuck gazing...

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July 22, 2018


The word providence speaks of God’s divine care and guidance in our lives. This was certainly true in the life of Joseph whose brothers sorely mistreated him. (See Gen. 37.) But...

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July 21, 2018

An Imperfect Disciple

We know that Peter was about to deny his Lord three times, in spite of his earlier protestations to the contrary. Yet he did have the courage to follow his Lord,...

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July 20, 2018

Does It Matter?

Driving through the summer-browned countryside of Romania, I heard one woman on my vacation Bible school team ask another, “What is God teaching you this week?” That question clanged around my...

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July 19, 2018

Showing God’s Love

Recently, I went through three medical procedures for my prostate, bladder, and colon. Initially I was worried because I had overheard the attending doctor say something about a round spot in...

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July 18, 2018

Learning from Elijah

I appreciate the prophet Elijah, not because he performed miracles or challenged false prophets but because he was so honest with God about his fears. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah challenged...

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July 17, 2018

Still Serving Others

A rose bush grows in a small memorial garden just outside our dining room window. The buds and early blossoms are a vivid yellow. Then as the rose opens into full...

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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.