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The Wrong Wolf 

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35) Ever since I was a boy, I have loved and...

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Friday the Thirteenth

I'm not superstitious. Friday the 13th means absolutely nothing to me, and if it weren't for the people surrounding me at work, it would likely go by without me even thinking about it. In fact, some years ago I wrote a piece entitled "Thursday the 12th" in which I...

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Winds of Change

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 3:8) A few years back change was brewing in our home. We had enjoyed a season of peace and calm without any crises. However change was in the wind. Circumstances were stirring with my husband's job....

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Three Secrets to a Real Winner

We all want to win, to triumph and reach success. But if you fail in these three areas, winning might not come your way. The lady in this picture with me is sweet as can be. But inside, there’s a tenacious, driven woman. Not only is she a mechanical engineer with a...

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three Choices to Live with Security

"Goals for the new year? Are you kidding? My goal is just to survive another day," my friend said. Can you almost feel her heavy heart? It's a common thing. Facing a new year, new issues and a new future, uncertainty gnaws. We wonder about what tomorrow will bring....

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Simple Quiz to see how you Handle Fear

What joy, the plane landed a bit earlier in Quito, Ecuador. My friend would be waiting for me and we'd be on our way to our week of ministering to those affected by the earthquake. The airport employee who guided me out of the plane grabbed my bags and led me toward...

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The Poison Apple

The tomato was once known as the "poison apple". This myth was held for over 200 years in Europe due to the fact that aristocrats got sick and died after eating them. The truth of the matter was that the high society in Europe used pewter plates. Pewter has a high...

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Free From Fear and Full of Love

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18 NIV) As I write this we have been disconnected from the electric grid for 4 ½ weeks now. On a routine...

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Be Still

Who, me? It’s not my fault…we sometimes want to say. Blaming someone else for our sorry situation can be so tempting. When we mess up, pointing at another promises to be the easy way out. That’s what the Israelites did. As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up,...

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The Door

Faith is a key Fear is a lock Faith, the fabric that covers me. Fear, the incessant cold. Faith, the shield fear’s arrows clear. And the one who seeks for me. Until faith then becomes the door I go in and out restored. Ana Lisa de Jong Living Tree Poetry April 17...

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