East Meets West (by Mart DeHaan)

Read: Romans 14:1–12 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? Romans 14:4 When students from Southeast Asia met a teacher from North America, the visiting instructor learned a lesson. After giving his class their first multiple-choice test, he was surprised to find many questions left unanswered. While handing back

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Not the One (by Poh Fang Chia)

Read: 1 Chronicles 17:1–4, 16–25 Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. 1 Chronicles 17:23–24 David had drawn up the plans. He designed the furniture. He collected the materials. He made all the arrangements (see 1 Chron. 28:11–19). But

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His Wonderful Face (by Amy Peterson)

Read: 1 Chronicles 16:8–27 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11 My four-year-old son is full of questions, and chatters constantly. I love talking with him, but he’s developed an unfortunate habit of talking to me even when his back is turned. I

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Loving Perfectly (by Poh Fang Chia)

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7–8 Her voice shook as she shared the problems she was having with her daughter. Worried about her teenager’s questionable friends, this concerned mum confiscated her daughter’s mobile phone and chaperoned her

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The Gift of Welcome (by Amy Boucher Pye)

Read: Hebrews 13:1–2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers. Hebrews 13:2 The dinner where we hosted families from five nations remains a wonderful memory. Somehow the conversation didn’t splinter into twos, but we all contributed to a discussion of life in London from the viewpoints of different parts

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Of Love and Old Shoes (by James Banks)

Read: Psalm 139:1–12 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:4 Sometimes my wife and I finish each other’s sentences. In over thirty years of marriage we’ve become increasingly familiar with the way the other thinks and speaks. We may not even have to

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Two Portraits (by Tim Gustafson)

Read: John 16:19–24 Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22 Clutching two framed photographs, the proud grandmother showed them to friends in the church foyer. The first picture was of her

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One of Us (by David McCasland)

Read: Hebrews 2:9–18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18 At the memorial service for Charles Schulz (1922–2000), creator of the beloved Peanuts comic strip, friend and fellow cartoonist Cathy Guisewite spoke of his humanity and compassion.

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All of Me (by Tim Gustafson)

Read: Matthew 27:45–54 Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 Young Isaac Watts found the music in his church sadly lacking, and his father challenged him to create something better. Isaac did. His hymn “When I Survey

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The Talking Tree (by Dennis Fisher)

Read: Colossians 1:15–20 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross. 1 Peter 2:24 One of the earliest Christian poems in English literature is “The Dream of the Rood.” The word rood comes from the Old English word rod or pole and refers to the cross on

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Rebuilding (by David McCasland)

Read: Nehemiah 2:11–18 Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace. Nehemiah 2:17 When Edward Klee returned to Berlin after being away for many years, the city he remembered and loved was no longer there. It had changed dramatically, and so had

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Timeless Savior (by Bill Crowder)

Read: John 8:48–59 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” John 8:58 Jeralean Talley died in June 2015 as the world’s oldest living person—116 years of age. In 1995, the city of Jerusalem celebrated its 3,000th birthday. One hundred sixteen is old for a

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