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Who Is Jesus?

2022 is off to a rough start. Sunday was warm and beautiful, but Monday brought a massive winter ...

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Sowing Seeds — Resolutions

Every year, many of us make new year’s resolutions that are forgotten by Super Bowl Sunday. According to ...

Columns

Real Christmas giving conclusion

Recently, I shared a plea from a family asking for help. Christmas can be a visible reminder of ...

Columns

Christmas giving: Letter from Canada

Recently, I shared a plea from families asking for help. Christmas can be a visible reminder of who ...

Columns

Christmas giving: Letters

I wrote about a plea for help from a family with no way to provide Christmas for their ...

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Christmas giving

A recent email: “Pray for my children. I know they will have nothing for Christmas, and it’s tearing ...

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Nativity and culture

If you visit Fredericksburg UMC near Christmas, you will see a large and intricate Nativity scene. It’s not ...

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Monopoly, change and children

I deal with changes nearly every day, but this one is too much. Monopoly replaced three of their ...

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10 church action words

If we want to be a healthy church, we must heed the warnings of the Bible. Don’t stop ...

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Four emails

The following four emails came at various times throughout my ministry. What each writer expresses is a need ...

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The Church: Judge or encourage?

Our family moved to a new area just as I entered the seventh grade. During the first week ...

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‘Hang in there’ and Colin Powell

When people came to me for spiritual guidance and counseling, I listened carefully and tried to offer sound, ...

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More $10 challenge stories

Recently, each family received a $10 bill with a challenge to multiply and use it in a way ...

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Leadership and the cockroach letter

On a dinner flight, the man opened his meal. Right on top of the salad he saw an ...

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Column – What’s going down

The song on the radio was an old sixties hit, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Stephen ...

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What’s going down

The song on the radio was an old sixties hit, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Stephen ...

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One tornado, two churches – Part 2

Early one Saturday morning, Cordelia Alexander awoke to the sounds of a concrete truck and men talking. The ...

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One tornado, two churches

I read an ad that said, “95% of our daily decisions could be made by most anyone. It ...

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Heaven and hell

Ship of fools or lifeboat to heaven? Did you hear about the man traveling from New York to ...

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The $10 challenge

A church giving away $10 bills? Whoever heard of such a thing? Especially in September when most churches ...

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Riding a dead horse

Bill Dettmer wrote: “The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, ...

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How do we prepare for the return of Christ?

A church member emailed asking about end times. One sentence stuck with me: “Most Christians do not have ...

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God comforts us so we can comfort others

We all occasionally suffer. Some hurt more than others, but all of us experience pain in different ways ...

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Persistent prayer is a part of our relationship with God

We pray about something important or painful. We desperately need an answer. We hope for a response of ...

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Angry man at Costco provides a lesson

A recent news article covered the violence and anger increasingly prevalent on airplanes. There were more than 3,400 ...

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Prayer is a crucial tool in battle of good vs. evil

The novel “This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti is about a struggling church deciding whether to keep their ...

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Why should I go to church?

As we would say in the south, I was raised right. My family attended church off and on. ...

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