Tag Archives: Faith

Have Faith in Times of Frustration

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September means a new school year for children and college students, a new year of work for their teachers and administrators, and a new start to church programs, volunteer plans and Bible studies. It’s a time of renewed effort; new … Continue reading

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Five Minutes of Refugee Reading

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Do you have five minutes to educate yourself about refugees? If so, keep reading. Conversations with friends about refugees go something like this, “The number of refugees world wide is going up and refugee resettlement in the US is down … Continue reading

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Inheritance for Everyone

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When the Bible records the inheritance given to daughters, I pay attention. I’m used to reading a Bible steeped in a patriarchal culture, therefore it is full of the names, escapades and inheritances of men. Except for two places where … Continue reading

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Spring and Hope

It is my confident hope that spring will one day arrive in Chicago. I have faith that even though I am wearing a wool sweater and boots today and my back yard looks like this… …that in a few weeks it will look like this. … Continue reading

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Why Do We Struggle to Rest?

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Rest is necessary and important physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We know that’s true. We know we need rest. Yet, we continue to resist rest. Why? The fourth commandment directs us to observe the Sabbath, to rest one day a week. … Continue reading

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Beautiful Grace

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Our daughter once told us of a friend who felt that God was punishing her for disobeying him many years ago, and my dad and I both said, at the same time, God doesn’t work that way. I’m grateful that … Continue reading

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In Your Trials, Trust God

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A cancer diagnosis took me completely by surprise 12 years ago. I was perfectly healthy and had no risk factors. I was processing my questions with a mature Christian friend when she said, “It’s almost a compliment, don’t you think?” She was saying that … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

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Hunger and thirst are frequent human urges. It’s immensely satisfying to eat a meal when starving or to drink of water when parched. Hunger is often used to convey a consuming desire, like a young and inexperienced sports team hungry for a win, or an individual … Continue reading

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How Strong is Your Vocabulary?

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How strong is your vocabulary?  (Click here to find out.)  A robust vocabulary can be an advantage in life, or at least it is in Scrabble or Words with Friends.  Some people enrich their words by doing crossword puzzles, others by learning a … Continue reading

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When I Don’t Get What I Want

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Sometimes, even fairly often, God doesn’t do what I ask him to do.  Circumstances do not always play out like I had prayed they would.  Shocking, I know. Then what?  As I see it, I have two choices: Whine and … Continue reading

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