A new year

As we start this new year, let’s begin with hope. Hope that’s fueled by prayer. My grandmother believed in prayer. She had eight children – that would be enough to drive almost anyone to prayer. When your resources are stretched, you have to look outside yourself for help. Her third-born son was named Paul. (My […]

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Giving away a treasure

From Paul: An important part of Advent is giving. True, we are hit on all sides by, “It’s the season to give!” The Salvation Army is outside my neighborhood supermarket. My email and snailmail inboxes are barraged with requests for Christmas gifts – which can be appropriate and good. But what about giving outside your […]

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Cling to the Rock

What a week. What a year! In the midst of massive changes to our world and so much that’s out of our hands, there is one solid thing we can do – trust in God. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. […]

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Do it today

The leaves are starting to change in my neighborhood. It has been fun to watch some change and others stay green. Maybe the unusually warm days combined with typical cool fall nights are causing different reactions for each leaf. As I look at the leaves transition, I remember that our days are short, just like […]

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Two ways to pray

Prayer is like breathing – if you follow Jesus, you have to pray. One way that prayer is not like breathing is that we won’t die right away if we stop. But if we don’t pray, it will be the start of a long slow death. Picture a marriage where two people live in the […]

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