Scalding to Balding by M.L. Anderson

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Scalding to Balding by M.L. Anderson   “As for the man whose hair has fallen from his head, he is bald, but he is clean,” (Leviticus 13:40, KJV).   As a rebellious kid, I disdained rules and advice. When I turned ten, I demanded a new hygienic practice. I no longer desired […]

Paper Missionaries by Alice H. Murray

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Paper Missionaries by Alice H. Murray   “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15, NIV).   The Christian and Missionary Alliance church my family attended when I was a teenager shaped my view of missions. Missionaries left home and […]

Give Your Way to Success

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Give Your Way to Success by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson Hayes   “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you,” (Luke 6:38 NIV). Several […]

Confident Joy in God-Goals

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Confident Joy in God-Goals by Tina Yeager “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of […]

How Do We Prepare for His Way

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How Do We Prepare for His Way by Jasmine C. Gatti  “… the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, […]

There’s Room for Everyone in the Manger Scene

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There’s Room for Everyone in the Manger Scene by Donna Mumma “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1, NKJV).   I adore nativity scenes. I own four sets I display […]

Christmas and the Message-Bearers

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Christmas and the Message-Bearers by Tina Yeager “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’ … When they had seen him, they spread the word […]

Freedom From “Not Good Enough” Feelings

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Freedom From “Not Good Enough” Feelings by Elaine Creasman “…Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23, NIV).   I sat in my seventh-grade music class eagerly awaiting the chance to show my music teacher the instrument I had made. Several of my ideas failed, but I finally came up […]

Pre-Prayer my Heart for Writing

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Pre-Prayer my Heart for Writing by Tina Yeager “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14, New International Version).   I skim through a Psalm while scarfing down my toast and java. The clock […]

God’s Good in Our Gray Mess

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God’s Good in Our Gray Mess by Cindy Carraway Williams “…for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13, NASB 1995).   I sat at my desk and typed a scene in my manuscript. A glance at […]