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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Strength on Wilderness Paths

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Strength on Wilderness Paths by Tina Yeager   “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to […]

The Nagging Nudge

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The Nagging Nudge by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes   “This is what the Lord says—your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go’” (Isaiah 48:17, NIV).   In my senior […]

Without Fear

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Without Fear by Melinda Eye Cooper   “Write down for the coming generation what the LORD has done, so that people not yet born will praise him” (Psalm 102:18, GNT).   My co-worker complained to upper management about a supervisor who wouldn’t put anything in writing. Instead, he’d call her […]

What Do You Do After the Storm?

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What Do You Do After the Storm? by Jan Powell “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2, ESV).   […]