Excuses, Excuses

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Excuses, Excuses by Donna Mumma   “Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying ‘Write in a book for yourself the words that I have spoken’” (Jeremiah 30:2 NKJ).   We writers are a peculiar lot. A passion for words fills us. We observe the details and events surrounding us, […]

Turning Back to Say Thanks

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Turning Back to Say Thanks by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson Hayes   “And one of [the lepers], when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. And fell down on his face at [Jesus’] feet, giving him thanks” (Luke 17:15-16, KJV).   My administrative […]

Called and Held for New Things

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Called and Held for New Things by Tina Yeager   “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you … a light …  to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who […]

Revelations at Chuck E. Cheese

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Revelations at Chuck E. Cheese by Emily Shanahan  “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all […]

Called to Write

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Called to Write by Heather Popp “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring […]

Messy Ministry

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Messy Ministry by Diana C. Derringer “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3 NIV).   Ministry gets messy. All too often we expect a life of perfection when we follow Jesus. However, our world remains filled with turmoil, […]

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

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Tidings of Comfort and Joy by Tina Yeager “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5, NIV).   From isolated hearts to families and entire communities, darkness attacks our world. Our livelihoods and dreams of purpose reel from the blows of this brutal season. […]

You Are Not Alone

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You Are Not Alone by Sharron K. Cosby “This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit” (Lamentations 1:16a, NIV).   My husband, Danny, received a promotion that required relocation to another state. When we […]

When I Gave up Writing

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When I Gave up Writing by Christy Bass Adams   “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33, ESV).   I imagined being an elementary educator for life. The children captured my heart and teaching flowed through my […]

Perfect Pen Plans

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    Perfect Pen Plans by Alice H. Murray “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord …” (Jeremiah 29:11a , NIV)   In elementary school, I reclined against the weeping willow tree in my front yard. Notebook in my lap and pen in hand, I furiously […]