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God’s Love in Suffering: Oxymoron or Divine Paradox?

Posted on July 10, 2013 in

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (I John 4:10). “We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces persevera…

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Simple Joy

Posted on July 9, 2013 in

by Cynthia Ruchti It’s been too many years since we were able to take a family vacation. That’s the perception, anyway. Our last extended getaway took us to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, our landing place a rustic cottage t…

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Memorial Stones

Posted on July 8, 2013 in

“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan w…

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A Note to Dads: Treat Boys and Girls The Same 78% of the Time

Posted on July 7, 2013 in

by Jay Payleitner Anyone without some kind of agenda who has actually spent time observing children will agree that boys and girls are different. And it’s more than just different private parts. Girls talk sooner and have larger…

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Dreams Change

Posted on July 6, 2013 in

I’ve been making up stories since I was little. Almost since the time I learned to read. Interestingly enough, I wanted to be a teacher. Being an author didn’t occur to me in any shape or form, although I always wrote my stori…

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Space Beetle

Posted on July 5, 2013 in

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:26). Brea slipped from her chair at the crowded res…

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The Things Kids Say

Posted on July 3, 2013 in

by Vickie McDonough I have always been a tomboy. I grew up playing sports, watching cowboy shows with my dad, riding horses, and when I was fourteen, I bought a motorcycle with money I’d made babysitting. That may be the reason …

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Unexpected Blessings

Posted on July 2, 2013 in

“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17 NLT). Wh…

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