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What is Selflessness?

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I’ve been rereading a wonderful book by Cynthia Heald called, Life Promises for Women which contains a section on “Selflessness.”  For the most part, I agree with what Cynthia shares on this subject, but as I read and reread her definition of selflessness, red flags waved. She says, “If I had to write a definition […]

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We Can Know

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test […]

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Come to the Water

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Sometimes we get the idea that pastors don’t struggle with the same issues we do. We think of them as the ones who help meet our needs—not the ones who have needs. But this is far from true. I want to share the account of a pastor who is very dear to me and how […]

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God’s Promise

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 Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14 NIV) One Saturday morning, a scripture phrase kept coming to my mind, “Exceeding abundantly…”  “Exceeding abundantly….”  Finally I asked, “What are you trying to tell me, Lord?” Then I remembered the rest of the verse–“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all […]

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What is a Cheerful Giver?

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Anyone who knew my Grandpa Beiler, fondly called Grampy, knew he was a character. It was common knowledge that he was stubborn, headstrong, and never wrong, but I loved him dearly. Once when the hospital had shaved his beard after an accident, he told me I sat on his lap and said, “I love you, […]

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An Empty Stable

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An empty stable stays clean–but there is no income from an empty stable (Proverbs 14:4 TLB). Our twins would be starting kindergarten in the fall and already I was planning how I would spend my free time while they were in school. Much as I loved our children, I couldn’t wait to have more time […]

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What Defines Character?

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Some time ago, my friend, Gertrude Slabach, did a blog titled, The Two Things that Define Character. She quoted her father as saying, “There are two things that tell the character of a person: settling an estate or building a line fence.” An interesting statement. Immediately, I thought of an example of each of these […]

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COMFORTABLE OR OBEDIENT?

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Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road–the desert road–that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza” (Acts 8:26 NIV). One hot, sunny day as I walked home from the Stoneboro Post Office with Robbie and Angie, I felt a check in my spirit as I turned to walk up […]

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The Rocks Would Cry Out

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Some years ago while we were in Japan, one of our favorite American contemporary Christian singers made choices that broke my heart. I grieved for months. How could someone as solid as we’d thought this singer was in his faith make the choices he was making? What hope was there if someone like that had […]