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Category Archives: 2022

The Not-So-Silent Night

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven,     and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14, NLT  I love the song Silent Night, but the holy evening about which the tune is based was probably far from […]

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Harvesting Hope

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord     and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.  Jeremiah 17:7  Did you know that optimists tend to have a better sense of well-being and lower levels of stress? Were you aware that positive people also are more likely to have stronger cardiovascular and immune systems?  This […]

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No one could miss the dark script boldly emblazoned on the nurse’s forearm: Strength Through Pain. It didn’t escape her notice that my eyes were fixated on her tattoo as my mind whirled, wondering what could have caused this young woman’s anguish.  “I’ve been through a lot in life,” Ava* smiled sweetly as she broke […]

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Does Jesus Still Love Me?

Does Jesus Still Love Me? The three-year-old was quite serious when she asked her mother this age-old question:  “Does Jesus still love me?” Harper had disobeyed and knew her mom wasn’t happy, but most importantly, she wondered what Jesus thought.  Could He possibly love her even though she’d “blown it” again?  Little Harper’s question is […]

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Here’s the story I’ll tell my friends when they come to worship,    and punctuate it with Hallelujahs:Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;    give glory, you sons of Jacob;    adore Him, you daughters of Israel.He has never let you down,    never looked the other way    when you were being kicked around.He has never wandered off to do His own thing;    He has been right […]

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