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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”…

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Now What?

May 16th, 2016 Hoots and hollers echoed through the building as the graduates moved their tassels to the left side of their caps. I couldn’t believe how quickly the past four years had flown by. The erratic roller coaster ride consisting of late night study sessions and laughter with dear friends came to a screeching…

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Victory

May 9th, 2016 Shouts of jubilation reverberated around the world. People left their homes and workplaces to dance together in crowded city streets, cheering and singing together. It didn’t matter if they knew each other or not; everyone was united at heart. After so much loss, after so much hardship, the fierce fight for freedom…

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A Servant’s Heart

May 2, 2016 “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” Abraham Lincoln I cherish my mother. She is everything a mother ought to be: patient, gentle, and loving (Galatians 5:22-23). As a child, I watched as she rose in the dark every morning…

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Be Still

April 25th, 2016 It was a glorious day. The sun gently warmed the calm air. A black swan drifted lazily in the water. A tranquil breeze unfurled the flag proudly stationed on top of a turret. The still moat reflected the shape of the stone castle above it. We like comfort. We like knowing we’re…