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The Power of Giving Thanks

The Power of Giving Thanks

The world can be a dark place, and life can sometimes seem almost unbearable. When personal trials and tragedies take place within a larger context of political and economic turmoil, hope can seem distant and almost unattainable. And yet, no matter how difficult or...

Walking with God vs. Just Living

Walking with God vs. Just Living

When I was young I spent a great deal of time at my grandmother’s home. I would often be dropped off there when my parents had things to do. I loved spending time with my grandmother. The problem was, she worked out of her home making curtains and furniture covers....

Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

After living a life filled with the joys and sufferings of serving Christ, Paul wrote at least two letters to a man named Timothy. This young man was among those whom Paul trusted to carry forward the work of faith to which Paul had devoted his life. Sensing that the...

2022 – I AM NOT AFRAID – IANA

2022 – I AM NOT AFRAID – IANA

For several weeks I’ve been praying about the year 2022 as it approaches. There is, of course, nothing special about a new year other than the fact that it serves as a good time for reflection. The transition from one year to another provides an opportunity to reflect...

The User Guide for 2022

The User Guide for 2022

Last month I turned sixty years old. Knowing that one of the ways I relax is watching documentaries, my wife purchased me a new television. Our old one was relatively small, and the picture was so bad that one could hardly discern how many people were in a particular...

The Light of the World

The Light of the World

The Christmas season is associated with a variety of meanings and memories. This time of year holds special significance for many individuals. Cherished moments recalled from Christmas times past are among the most warm and meaningful many hold within their hearts. At...

Fullness of Joy

Fullness of Joy

Generally, media outlets focus on terrible situations. Suffering and outrage seem to sell better than reports of people helping and loving one another. The news this week included an incident in which a high school student shot and killed several of his classmates. It...

Search and Destroy

Search and Destroy

There are times when it’s healthy to stop and reflect on one’s life in a deeper way than may be usual. This week I turn sixty years old. As is true for other milestones on one’s journey, birthdays provide a great opportunity to consider what’s gone before, and what...

The Ancient Paths

The Ancient Paths

Yesterday, a friend shared a verse with me that really made me think. It was from Jeremiah. The Old Testament book of Jeremiah is difficult for me to read. A major focus of this book is to proclaim God’s judgement against his people for their decision to forsake him...

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