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Diane Eaton

How to Face the Bad Stuff

I can't forget our disappointing dialogue. Two of us were lamenting over societal woes, when suddenly, he walked away, exclaiming, "This is too depressing!"That's not how I wished the conversation to proceed! He never got to hear the hope welling up in me, which I was...

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The Moment of Decision

After Bible college, I went to Malawi in the summer of 1986 on a short term mission trip, staying with a missionary couple in the city of Blantyre, and experienced their Christian ministry in that country.  One day, the missionary families and visiting students...

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The Broken Goblet

"[He has sent me to] provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of...

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It’s Against My Religion

You've likely heard the phrase, “It's against my religion”, used as an excuse to avoid unpleasant tasks. You'll also know that religions tend to have forbidden practices. That's true across the branches of Christianity. Can you think of any that apply to you now? Or...

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The Gripping Silence of Jesus

"He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7b NIV) "[Herod] plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer." (Luke 23:9 NIV) "When [Jesus] was accused by the chief...

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The Cat That Wouldn’t Trust

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)Imagine a terrified cat trapped in a tight space — the space between a ceiling and the floor above it. That's exactly where we found our cat one day. Now this is not the contented cat that I...

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Loving Yourself…What Does THAT Mean?

"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'" (Luke 10:27 NIV)Loving yourself is a divine law! It is in the great commandment in Scripture. Yet...

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Bigger Is Not Always Better

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." (Philippians 4:12 NIV)"But I want the big doll!" declared...

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Playing Church

"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." (1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV) When I was five and my brother was four, we'd play church. We dressed up just like the grownups....

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