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Ryan Arnold of Denver, Colorado, knew what was important to him. He also knew the risks. In fact, there were many risks to consider, but the decision he made demonstrated that he had his priorities straight: the life of his brother was worth risking it all. Before the surgery, where Ryan planned to...
I think we can all agree that we are living in some difficult times. Whether we are facing personal tragedy or national crisis, difficult times are painful to live through. So how do we cope through difficult times? I can’t give us an easy-to-remember formula or a twelve-step program for coping...
Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians ends with a section often known as “Final Instructions.” This is because the words close out the letter. (I Thessalonians 5:16-24). There are some very familiar, short exhortations contained in this portion of the letter: “Rejoice always … pray continually...
With so many activities happening in the summer, a gradual move back to “normal,” and people going out again to do the things that they have been unable to do for almost two years, worship may once again take a back seat. Summer is upon us, and with the full swing into a summer season, I’d like to...
As you read this, my wife, Beryl, and I will be in kayaks, floating down the White River in Arkansas. We will start at the tail waters of Beaver Dam and mosey downstream, enjoying the beauty along the way. All the descriptions I have read say you can sit back and enjoy the beauty as the current...
“I hope I can find a job after I graduate.” “I hope I meet the right person and get married one day.” “I hope my new college or university is a good fit.” “I hope my team wins the championship.” “I hope I get to go to heaven.” When we use the word “hope,” there is often a lot of uncertainty...
The name Job is a name synonymous with suffering. God allowed Job to endure so much, including the loss of his wife and children, and he is remembered for remaining faithful. Still, there was a point at which Job wasn’t so faithful. You might remember Job saying, “The Lord giveth and the Lord...
The cry from the streets across America today is “Black Lives Matter.” Right next to them are signs saying, “All Lives Matter,” or “Blue Lives Matter.” On the next block the battle cry is for living wages for all people regardless of age, race, gender or education because that is most important to...
“Love, love, love, that’s what it’s all about. ’Cause God loves us, we love each other – mother, father, sister, brother. Everybody sing and shout, ’cause that’s what it’s all about—it’s about love, love, love.” These are the words to a song I learned as a youth. And love IS what it’s all about!...
It’s been a long night. Or a short one. Depends how you look at it. I caught a few winks in the recliner, but most of the night was spent on the floor of the kitchen with a sick lamb. She was clinging to life and I so desperately wanted her to live. I lost a newborn lamb a few days ago and I didn’t...

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