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God constantly uses the lives of Bible characters to teach us, to encourage us, and to warn us. Who can forget the impact of the truths lived out in the lives of men like David, Moses, Gideon, Peter, or Paul? What about the lives of Esther, Ruth, or Deborah? It is impossible to leave truth in the...
If you are like me, once you start eating chocolate, it’s hard to stop, especially M&M’s. Sure, a few can be harmless, but too many bring unwanted or unexpected consequences. When this happens, I get upset with myself and begin that negative self-hate talk because I didn’t have enough...
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 As the United States recently celebrated its 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic symbols – expressions of our American freedoms – appeared across the land: the American flag, the Liberty Bell, the American...
As you read this, Beryl, my wife, and I are riding our bicycles across the United States. We started in Portland, Oregon, in the end of May and will end our trip in Washington, D.C., in August. As we pedal our bicycles, there is always an unknown before us. What is over the next mountain top? What...
As most of you know, Sunday is Mother’s Day. I am grateful that God created moms. He did that in the very beginning time. He told Adam and Eve, the first two people created and the first married couple, to be fruitful and multiply. In other words, be a dad and mom. Parents are therefore a divine...
Last Sunday was Easter Sunday, and every year, the story of “Doubting Thomas” is the reading for the Sunday after Easter. (John 20:19-31) The risen Christ appears to the disciples on Easter evening, even though the doors were locked. Jesus said, “Peace be with you,” then he breathed the Holy Spirit...
When we think about Jesus, especially at Easter, some have a vision of a man hanging on a cross with blood dripping from his side. Some may think he was arrested, tried and crucified, which is absolutely true! However, there is so much more to the story that unfolds over the hours prior to his...
Blessings to all of you in the new year. Isaiah 43: “1But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers,...
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...

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