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Encourage: ‘It’s not about a place’
May20

Encourage: ‘It’s not about a place’

“It’s not about a place.” So said a man who had led a group at Falls Creek for 39 years in a row. We broke his streak when we cancelled our camps this summer. He was the group leader who took me to Falls Creek in the summer of 1983 when God called me to be a minister of the Gospel. To tell you the truth, I was surprised to hear him say it. He loves the place called Falls Creek! He has invested blood, sweat and treasure in that...

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Sword & trowel: Living trust
May15

Sword & trowel: Living trust

When it comes to a question of who you trust on any given topic, new public polling reveals that we are living in times of increasingly widespread distrust. From politics to news, from the economy to the Coronavirus, it seems Americans are divided on who to listen to, even divided on which basic set of facts (the “who-what-where-when-why”) is to be believed. This is not the first time in American history that people had to sort...

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Sword & trowel: Lions, Tiger Kings & screens, oh my!
Apr27

Sword & trowel: Lions, Tiger Kings & screens, oh my!

As stay-at-home and “social distancing” advisories continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to technology to do business and conduct schooling and, of course, to enjoy entertainment media. “Screen time,” as it has been called, is on the sharp rise. In recent years, reports showed that daily use of screens—whether smartphones, personal computers or other devices—accounted for some nine hours per day per individual, on...

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Strengthen: Social distancing & social media
Apr24

Strengthen: Social distancing & social media

There is no doubt is my mind that the phrase of the year for 2020 will be “social distancing.” The efforts taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 have changed almost every facet of life and has caused us to look for different ways to interact with each other. Social distancing endeavors have led to a significantly increased utilization of social media to stay connected, and it has thrilled my heart to see social media filled with...

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Sword & trowel: An E-A-S-T-E-R prayer
Apr09

Sword & trowel: An E-A-S-T-E-R prayer

Thus far, 2020 has proven to be unexpected in every way. From the Coronavirus pandemic to other issues, none of us really expected the year to go as it has gone. The forced slower pace that quarantines and “social distancing” has created, though, has afforded Christians a better opportunity to reflect and pray than we might otherwise take. To that end, as we near Easter Sunday, I offer this acrostic E-A-S-T-E-R to help you pray for a...

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Bible Q&A: Christ the victor over the virus
Apr08

Bible Q&A: Christ the victor over the virus

We have been reminded over the past few weeks just how fragile our physical bodies can be. We are susceptible to all manner of contagions and viruses, the deadly Coronavirus, or COVID-19, to name one. At the time of writing, there have been more than 3,000 confirmed deaths in the US, with the possibility of 97,000 more. This disease has quickened the sense of our powerlessness, limitations and instability. In these difficult and...

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