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September 23, 2023

Counting My Blessings

It was yet another ordinary day, and I did not want to get out of bed. I got ready for work, feeling unmotivated and thinking about how monotonous life can be....

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September 22, 2023

In Our Suffering

I have a chronic illness. When my disease is active, I look for anything that will provide me with a little relief. Before I had the necessary surgery and got on...

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September 21, 2023

Building Bridges

I pastor a church that has a long-running program to serve our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. Every Monday, our campus turns into a hub for people to...

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September 20, 2023

The Light of Life

The psalmist said God’s word was a lamp to his feet and a light to his path. Recently, I had an experience where God’s word enlightened my path. I had been...

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September 19, 2023

Different, Yet the Same

Growing up as a preacher’s kid, I attended a lot of different churches. Looking back, I see how every church that my dad served was distinct. The congregations, services, outreach programs,...

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September 18, 2023

My Sustainer

When I was 10 years old, we moved to a new city, and I started attending a new school. When I came to class on the first day, the teacher asked...

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September 17, 2023

Overflowing Love

A tree that I call the Sister Tree grows near my home. It is twisted and bent with roots exposed where it comes in contact with the earth. I wonder what...

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September 16, 2023

Start with Prayer

During my career I had the opportunity to give numerous presentations. Over the years I’ve also had the pleasure of giving the sermon at my church on many occasions, and the...

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September 15, 2023

Putting God First

Exams, scholarship requirements, extracurricular activities — this summed up my everyday life during my freshman year of college. The first few months went well. But I was part of a music...

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September 14, 2023

A Beautiful Song

Growing up I loved to play the guitar. While playing an instrument came easily to me, singing did not. I remember enrolling in classes with a vocal coach and attempting to...

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