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Eighty years ago, a man from the small town of Abilene, Kansas, was in Southern England about to make the biggest decision of his life. As Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in … more
All of us face the reality of life on earth coming to its end. Do you ever wonder about what comes after that? I know there are some that have had near death or temporary death experiences and have … more
“The story of God’s the story with a cross at its center but not at its end: its plot moves toward the upsetting of all things, the Great Reversal in which the dead Jesus was … more
According to an article in the New York Times, scientific evidence has led people to believe that couples will eventually start to look like one another. Sounds crazy, right? Well, it might not … more
The Lord knows the widow at Zarephath and is aware of her needs There was a great drought in the land at the time of Elijah’s visit to the widow at Zarephath in 1 Kings. This story bears … more
My mom’s house has a sign in Swedish on the wall. My dad painstakingly cut its letters of wood, and painted it yellow and blue. It runs along the ceiling above the dining room table, and it reads: … more
In the book Restoring Your Spiritual Passion, Gordon McDonald writes: “One memory that burns deep within is that of a plane flight on which I was headed toward a meeting that would determine a … more
At this time of year, there are a lot of “must do” things. Farmers work long hours gathering their harvest. Then they have their post-harvest machinery clean up, repair, and storage. Other folks … more
“Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth; do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness … more
Have you ever noticed a door is essentially useless without the two hinges? Without the two hinges, the door just doesn’t work; it isn’t very useful; it doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. … more
What breaks your heart? This is more than a bad day, or a break-up with your last date. What are those things that you are passionate about? Is it your family, your job, your hobbies, people in your … more
Freedom: Miriam Webster says, “1: the quality or state of being free: such as a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action, b: liberation from slavery or restraint or … more
Walk a mile in your neighbor’s shoes You’ll understand them better if you do See the world through your neighbor’s eyes So many things you’ll realize Live a day in the … more
“Peter said, “I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another. Rather, in every nation, whoever worships him and does what is right is acceptable to … more
As International Women’s Day was on March 8th, I’d like to take this space to honor women whose lives have been a fine witness to the Christian faith over the years and have touched so many with … more
I don’t know about you but that seems impossible. How in the world can you love someone who doesn’t love you? How in the world can you love someone who wants to do you harm and tear you down? … more
Many reading this today, grew up familiar with the days of the town “General Store,” so you can picture the scene of this story. Back in the days of those local stores, before the big box stores … more
Nobel Prize winning playwright, Samuel Beckett, wrote what is considered to be the shortest play ever written. It’s called Breath, the curtain opens to a stage littered with garbage. You hear the … more
“This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12, CEB) When I was a child growing up near Claremont, Christmas Day always involved a … more
Messenger newspaper article Rev. Chad Christensen, 11-9-22 A minister relates a time back during the days of 1929 when a group of ministers in the Northeast discussed how they should … more
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