Month: August 2015

Troy’s Service

August 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Troy’s Service
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Troy has been wanting to help out at church for a long time. So long, he can’t even remember when he first wanted to help! But recently, he had some grownups help him find a way he could serve his church. He gets to help as an usher and help collect the offering. He is…

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Running with God’s Word

August 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Running with God’s Word
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Years ago, when I was on my feet and used to play field hockey in high school, our coach had a thing about running laps after practice. I was already dog-tired and by the fifth lap, I would be dragging — but that’s when I’d kick in with this little habit of mine to help…

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Sing With Your Mind

August 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Sing With Your Mind
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I love to sing. But often, if I know the hymn, I’ll sing by rote. I’ll just put myself on automatic and let the music carry me. Sometimes, I’ll get so caught up in the tune or the harmony, that I won’t even know what I’m singing. The other Sunday, while harmonizing on the words…

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Henry’s Breath

August 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Henry’s Breath

Henry just couldn’t get better. He had asthma and had trouble breathing even on a good day. On the days when he got sick with the coughs and colds of everyone around him, he was always so much worse. You might think that asthma and a constant cough might keep him from singing, but you…

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Rise and Shine!

August 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Rise and Shine!
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The first days of school can seem really early. After getting to sleep in all summer, getting dressed and out the door in time for school is hard! This is just one more reason to remember this week’s Key Verse Lamentations 3:23. It says, “His great love is new every morning. Lord, how faithful you…

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Pruning

August 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Pruning
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The other night I was in bed and trying hard – very hard – not to think how painful my hip was. Pain can be so demoralizing; it can make your world feel so small. Well, while lying there, I decided to comfort my heart and listen to a reading of John chapters 14 and…

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A Mother’s Faith is Strengthened Through Your Generosity

August 25, 2015 | Comments Off on A Mother’s Faith is Strengthened Through Your Generosity
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Teadora was at the end of her strength when she arrived at our Wheels for the World outreach in Peru. Her back hurt from carrying her 8 year old disabled son, Daniel, on the arduous journey. Is it possible there will be a wheelchair for Daniel? Will I be able to even afford it? These…

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Egalitarianism

August 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Egalitarianism
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Back in the 1980s, Ken and I visited what was then, the Soviet Union, including other communist countries in Eastern Europe. Everywhere we went, communist officials tried to tell us they had a classless society. They were all about social equality. Yet for all their politically correct language; these egalitarians didn’t know anything about treating…

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First School Assignment

August 24, 2015 | Comments Off on First School Assignment

Teachers sometimes have favorite homework assignments. One of the first assignments teachers love to give is to ask their students to write about what each one did during the summer. Have you ever been asked to write about that? Chase isn’t in school yet because he’s only three years old, but he did something pretty…

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New Effort to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

August 21, 2015 | Comments Off on New Effort to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide
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This past July, the California state assembly struck down AB 128, a bill that would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill patients. But it’s demise was short-lived. Now, right-to-die advocates have re-packaged virtually the same bill as part of a special legislative session on health-care funding (this…

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