What Do You Expect? (by Dennis Fisher)

Read: John 16:25-33 In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. —John 16:33 In C. S. Lewis’ book God in the Dock, he wrote: “Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is

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Fly The Flag (by Joe Stowell)

Read: Ephesians 5:1-13 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. —Ephesians 5:1 Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for more than 60 years. Her monarchy has been characterized by grace and class. She has diligently given her life to serve her people well, and as a result she is deeply

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Pink Sheep (by Dave Branon)

Read: John 10:7-18 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. —John 13:35 While traveling on a road from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland, I was enjoying the beautiful, pastoral countryside when a rather humorous sight captured my attention. There, on a

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Disposable Culture (by Bill Crowder)

Read: Psalm 136:1-9,23-26 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. —Psalm 136:1 More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates,

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In The Storm (by Poh Fang Chia)

Read: Mark 4:35-41 [Jesus] said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” —Mark 4:39 A storm was brewing—not just on the horizon but also in a friend’s home. “When I was in Hong Kong,” she shared, “the local meteorological service announced that there was a superstorm approaching. But more than the

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A Fresh Start (by David C. McCasland)

Read: Luke 5:17-26 Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. —Luke 5:31 In many countries, health laws prohibit reselling or reusing old mattresses. Only landfills will take them. Tim Keenan tackled the problem and today his business employs a dozen people to

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Every Hardship (by Julie Ackerman)

Read: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. —2 Corinthians 12:9 Like many towns, Enterprise, Alabama, has a prominent monument. But the monument in Enterprise is unlike any other. The statue doesn’t recognize a leading citizen; it celebrates the work

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The Wise Old Owl (by Jennifer Benson Schuldt)

Read: Proverbs 10:17-21 He who restrains his lips is wise. —Proverbs 10:19 Years ago an anonymous writer penned a short poem about the merits of measuring our words. A wise old owl sat in an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more

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Sick on the Scenic Route

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Philippians 3:12 On my way home from North Carolina, I followed my impulse to jump on the Blue Ridge Parkway that meanders

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Is Somebody Singing? (by Julie Ackerman)

Read: John 17:20-26 [Bear] with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. —Ephesians 4:2-3 From 200 miles above Earth, Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, joined in song with a group of students in a

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