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Dear Ali In an effort to build more gratitude in my life, I am writing thank you notes each week to someone.  I have been praying for your health and decided it was time to tell you how thankful I am for you! I am blessed by your sweet spirit; I remember when you first […]

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Changing Families

In what ways has the concept of “the family” changed from Biblical times until now?  In what ways do Christians view “the family” similarly and differently than they did in the New Testament era?  In what ways are these changes good and in what ways are they not so good? In the NT, it was […]

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Dear Kelsey, I decided in 2016, as an act of discipline to bless, to send an old school thank you note to someone each week.  I want you to know how grateful I am for your friendship, for your trust and your kindness to me.  I am so blessed to work with you and to […]

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I am not sure when or how I realized that I held such power with my words, but perhaps it was because I grew up hearing words of blessing as my dad would lay his hand on my head and declare a blessing each night.  As I grew up and found myself on both ends […]

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Our church is reading through the New Testament this year.  I wrote the devotional thought today. Response by Miriam Mohler Student Ministries Administrative Assistant For me several things rise to be noticed. The first is that everywhere Paul stops on his way back from the missionary journey, there were opportunities to build relationships and connections. […]

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Dear Joel, For 2016 I decided to write an old-school thank you note each week. So this week I want to tell you how thankful I am for you and for the privilege to work with you. Thank you for loving junior high kids so well.  Having spent the bulk of my career with this […]

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How do I even begin to thank my mom without sounding trite or sappy.  Mom, I know I have expressed my gratitude more than once over the years for all the things you have done for me, and I know it won’t be my last thank you to you, but in my effort to write […]

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While El Niño only occurs in the tropics, its impact is felt in many parts of the world. This happens because the location of the huge mass of warm water causes the location of the jet stream, or storm track, to shift. As a consequence some regions can become warmer or colder, or wetter or […]

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I grew up in a home of Christ Followers and went to church every Sunday.  We had family devotions at dinner and went to summer camp at Forest Home as a family.  My church family became a place of relatives, the blood ones all lived far away, full of “aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc”.  So when […]

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Dear Clayton.   My baby. My sweet son. It is so hard to believe that it has been 20 years since you were born. I know that the days often seem slow but the years fly by; and it as I reflect on all the moments I have missed I wish I could stop time […]

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