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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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The Work of Refugees

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The people at World Relief have been resettling refugees for years, and I recently spoke with three of World Relief’s employment specialists, because I was curious about the work that refugees do. Barb Galli, who has been finding work for refugees … Continue reading

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Living Life Now and Forever

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If you are a Christian, you know that you have been given the unimaginable gift of eternal life with God. We’re told that we will have resurrected bodies and that there will be no more death, tears, or pain. I … Continue reading

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The Gospel Story According to You

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What is your story? What does it mean for you to follow Jesus? The big gospel stories have always impressed me. Mother Teresa. Brother Yun. Billy Graham. Elisabeth Eliot. I’ve heard many other powerful stories, although I can’t remember the … Continue reading

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Honey, I Shrunk My Life

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“I feel like my life is shrinking,” said my sister as she talked about a close friend that had moved, a sister-in-law’s quick relocation to Florida and other relationships that had changed or diminished. I’ve had the same thought. Is … Continue reading

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Risk and Refugees

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The game of Risk bores me. My husband and sons enjoy strategizing and scheming with their armies, but not me. I’d rather play cards or have a chat instead of rolling dice to determine the outcome of battles. However, when … Continue reading

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Five Steps to Take On Every Page of Your Bible

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Sometimes I forget that the Bible is not a textbook. The thousands of books written to help us interpret the Bible, like commentaries, dictionaries, and resources on systematic theology and hermeneutics, will never be as powerful as the Word of … Continue reading

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Six Months of Reading – Fiction

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I’m looking forward to some beach worthy reading this summer, but first I’ll share a sample of the novels I’ve read this year. (Six months of non-fiction here.) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was a surprising and delightful book. … Continue reading

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Six Months of Books – Non-Fiction

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Call me obsessive, but I keep yearly lists of every book I’ve read. There are a couple reasons for this. The list is very handy when someone asks me if I’ve read any good books and the titles immediately escape … Continue reading

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Communication: NPR, Facebook, The Declaration of Independence and the Bible

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Communication is not as easy as it seems. We each speak, write and interpret words based on our experience, education, opinions, and temperament. Without understanding the individual who is communicating or the context from which the message arises, the possibilities for … Continue reading

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