A Final Perspective

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A Final Perspective by Nancy Kelley Alvarez   “Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing […]

Words as Our Legacy

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Words as Our Legacy by Tina Yeager   “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” (Psalm 102:18, NIV).     I gaze through my new home’s double-paned windows toward a city of strangers. Engines reverberate, their roars penetrate our walls when countless […]

The With Factor

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The “With” Factor by Jan Powell   “Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as you also do” (I Thessalonians 5:11, KJV).   A grandmother returned home with her granddaughter from church, where they had each attended Bible classes. After lunch, the grandmother announced nap time. Though compliant […]

Be Still

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Be Still by Diana C. Derringer   “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NIV).   I doubt I’m alone in occasionally feeling like a hamster on a wheel, running as fast as I can but getting nowhere. Much of my busyness relates to family, church, and […]

A Dream and a Calling

A Dream and a Calling

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A Dream and a Calling by Edwina Perkins   “His word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!” (Jeremiah 20:9, NLT).   Most people are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther […]

Right Smart of Work

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A Right Smart of Work by Diana C. Derringer   “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23 NIV).   The expression “a right smart” has nothing to do with a person’s intelligence. Rather, it means a […]

Show Me the Way

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Show Me the Way by Diana Derringer   “Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life” (Psalm 143:8, NIV).   Written words have filled me with joy for as long as I can remember. My parents treasured reading, and we spent hours devouring books, magazines, […]

Scrooge

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Scrooge by Sharron Cosby   “It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself” (Proverbs 11:25, TLB).   Most of us know the story of […]

Made for This

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Made for This by Tina Yeager   “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).   I love the scent of simmering cranberries. The heat cures their best flavors until luscious juice-steam bursts […]

Right Place, Wrong Time

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Right Place, Wrong Time by Diana C. Derringer   “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6 NIV).   I packed our bags, prepared and practiced my workshop presentation, and checked that everything in the house was in order. […]