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Yuletide Cheer

July 25, 2016 Flip-flops, sunglasses, and sunscreen – yup, it’s clearly time for some Yuletide cheer! The countdown is on: only five more months until Christmas! And what better time to think about the birth of our Lord without the distractions of gingerbread houses, snowball fights, and wrapping presents than in the middle of summer?…

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Lemonade Stands

July 18 It’s the middle of summer now – can you believe how time has flown? School’s been out for weeks, the sun is out, and the heat is on. Kids are starting to go stir crazy, and they’re taking their parents down with them. As I drive, I see more and more kids sitting…

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Permeating the World

July 11, 2016 I sat straight up in bed. “Oh no!” My husband turned over. “What’s wrong!?” “Basher’s been sprayed by a skunk!” I lamented. Our American Akita lay by the bed, innocently licking himself as if nothing was amiss. The smell was so strong I could taste it. My sleepy mind reeled. The dog…

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The Land of the Free

July 4, 2016 America. The land of the free, and the home of the brave. Many fought for the independence of this country where we enjoy the freedom to worship God at will. Not everyone in this great wide world has the opportunity to experience this privilege. Let us stand united, thanking God for the…

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Open Doors

June 27, 2016 “Want to come over to my house on Saturday mornings to study the Bible with me? I’ll make you breakfast!” As a sixth grader, I didn’t have a clue why a mom in her forties would want me hanging around her house on Saturdays, but I accepted her invitation with ardor. Marsha…

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The Least of These

June 20, 2016 Poof! The potato nearly in my grasp suddenly disappeared. I looked up, dumbfounded. A group of us stood around a metal table bagging up potatoes at the food bank. My coworker had a mischievous glint in her eyes as she placed the tuber in her bag. Soon, the same thing happened again!…

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Fisher of Men

June 13, 2016 Rippling waves gently lapped against the boat. The low hum of the trawling motor drew my attention away from my book as Dad maneuvered the boat along the shore. I squinted through the bright sunlight and watched as he cast his fishing line into the water. He slowly reeled it back in,…

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Firm Foundation

June 6, 2016 To the High School Graduate Graduation. It’s time for parties, presents, and funny-looking hats. But after you hang up that cap and gown in the back of your closet, what comes next? Maybe you’re going to college. Maybe you have to start “adulting” and find a job. Maybe you have absolutely no…

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Raising Ebenezer

May 30, 2016 New York City fell to the enemy. General Washington was determined not to give ground, so a young military captain volunteered to spy behind enemy lines. A Yale graduate, this twenty-one year old had a bright future ahead of him, yet risked it all for the cause of his country’s independence. Through…

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The Singing Parrot

“Stand up, stand up for Jeeeesus…” Do you ever sing in the shower? I mean, do you ever really belt it out so echoes reverberate throughout the house, scaring the neighbors walking their dog on the sidewalk if the window happens to be open? Or maybe, like me, you prefer to just “let it go”…