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Bob Robinson

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Tim Keller – Why Work Matters

In this video, Tim Keller shares the biblical truth that all Christians are engaged in God’s work, not merely Christians working in full-time pastoral ministry. When a baker bakes bread or a musician writes beautiful music, they are the means through which God provides food and art to the world. He makes the case that ...
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Amy Sorrells

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Worth a thousand words: Announcing Jakob’s Legacy, a space for stories in pictures.

This is a photo of my grandma, Mary, my grandpa, Joe, and my dad, the tiny one they obviously adore. Don’t you just love their smiles, the way Mary seems to be glancing over at Joe, how they look like … Continue reading →
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Tom Volkar

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Delightful Work Rides Again at a New Location

Copyright © 2015 Tom Volkar. Visit the original article at http://coreu.com/delightful-work-rides-again-at-a-new-location/.This post is for all of you faithful Delightful Work subscribers. I’ve been wrtiing again at Coreu.com. Please join me to subscribe to my blog there.  Here are some recent posts if you want to know what I’ve been up to. How to Live a […]

Duane Scott

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lost in love

Someone once said, “Let my heart be broken by the […] The post lost in love appeared first on Scribing the Journey.
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Glynn Young

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Ronie Kendig’s “Dead Reckoning”

If you like suspense novels filled with explosions, kidnappings, international espionage, chase scenes through crowded markets, murders, shootings, nuclear devices set to go off, bombings, and other forms of general mayhem with a strong theme of romance, then Ronie Kendig’s Dead Reckoning is waiting for you. In fact, I suspect all 12 of Kendig’s novels are waiting for you.I’m still trying to catch my breath after reading Dead Reckoning.Shiloh Blake is a graduate student in underwater archaeology at the University of California-San Diego. She’s with a team not far off the coast from Mumbai, India, investigating an underwater site that may be a lost city. Just as she finds an odd cylinder, there’s shooting above on the surface. All of her colleagues have been shot; only one survives – Khalid Khan, a Pakistani national who’s more than a little in love with Shiloh. Neither Shiloh nor Khaled know why their team was attacked. The Indian Coast Guard responds to the distress call, and on the boat is an American, Reece Jaxon, whom, we eventually learn, is a CIA operative in India. (For the record, only Shiloh Blake and Reece Jaxon have Hollywood-style names; the other characters’ names are more prosaic.)Khaled survives his surgery, but men claiming to be local police come looking for Shiloh. She escapes and eventually connects to Reece again. He’s been assigned to guard her, although she doesn’t know that and he doesn’t tell. What they do know is that someone is desperate to get hold of Shiloh, both for what she knows and what she has. She’s essentially chased all over Mumbai and survives several murder attempts, including a bombing at a train station. What’s at stake is a plan by a terrorist group to turn the Mideast upside down.Ronie KendigAnd, not unexpectedly, Reece and Shiloh fall in love with each other, although it appears to be more like a love-hate-and-possibly-betrayal kind of relationship. Both of them turn out to have CIA baggage, Reece’s being a failed operation where an operative died and Shiloh’s being her father, who’s also a CIA operative (and the man who trained Reece).If this sounds confusing, I’ll take the blame (or credit). The story doesn’t have to be read that closely to follow it and understand what’s happening. And while many of the events and plot developments may seem improbable, Kendi’s writing is such that you can suspend belief and get wrapped up in the story. This is faith-based fiction (Reece Jaxon is a Christian believer) and while there are scenes of some passion, they don’t stray to the explicit. Well-written, fast-paced and action-packed, Dead Reckoning may be exactly the kind of book to read by the pool this summer. As long as you don’t mind all the bodies left on the ground. Photograph: "Taj Mahal Palace Hotel" by Joe Ravi. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. The hotel plays a role in the book, and yes, it was the site of the 2008 terrorist attacks.
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Jim Lange

Why Suffering Makes Us A Better Leader

Photo by Michele Di Trani via Flickr A. W. Tozer once wrote, "It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply." Years ago...

Sheila Lagrand

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Grandparenting: Please Help Me!

My Great-Grandfather, My Sister, My Mother, Me. 1959. When I was a child, I assumed everybody’s family was just like mine. I still recall the shocking discovery that  a second-grade classmate and her family lived in an apartment. I didn’t get it. Everybody knew that families live in houses, right?  Sometimes I think I know something when I really […]

Michelle DeRusha

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Let’s Lay Down Our Swords

I think most of you know by now that I love the Bible. I mean I LOVE the Bible. I read it faithfully, almost every morning. I pray it, I ponder it, and I try, to the best of my limited abilities, to let it seep into my heart, mind and soul and to change […]You just finished reading Let's Lay Down Our Swords! Consider leaving a comment!
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emily wierenga

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An Open Letter to Mothers Who Have Miscarried

Dear Mothers Who Have Miscarried,I've lost two, and it's near torn me apart, this longing to be in heaven with my babies, but I've learned the secret to staying on earth.I learned the secret, just weeks ago, and I want to share it here with you, if I may?It was December, a cold afternoon and I was meeting in a church with a prayer team. They asked me about the babies I'd lost and I wept so hard I couldn't speak because this past spring, God had told me my Madeleine would live. And then she'd died. He'd told me about her personality, and then she'd slid from my body, and I gave birth to Stillborn Faith that day.I've been grieving ever since and sometimes it's just a white lace shoe that undoes me. Or a pink dress.  Or the sight of a woman's rounded womb.And I met with the prayer team and they prayed over me, that the Grief would end. I nodded tearfully.Following the prayer, one of the women pulled me aside and told me she'd heard a pastor speak once, on miscarried and aborted babies, and that this pastor had received a vision of a nursery in heaven. In this vision, the pastor saw a nursery filled with miscarried and aborted babies, angels watching over them, and upon reaching heaven, mothers who'd lost their babies would be given a second chance to raise them.Now, friends, I don't know that there's anything in Scripture that talks about a nursery in heaven but I also know that heaven is mysterious and unfathomable and eternal, and that a nursery is something akin to the loving character of God the Father. He may just give us a second chance to raise our babies.I breathed long and hard and fast after she told me this. Because if this nursery does exist, then suddenly God's words to me in the spring made sense: his words saying that my baby would live (even though on earth, she died); his words describing her personality, as though she were already alive.Because no life is lost to Jesus.The night I lost my first child, I had a dream, even as I slept: a little girl with golden curls sat outside my bedroom door playing with toys, and when she looked at me, she had her father's eyes. And then I looked down at my arms and there was a little boy asleep in them, but I couldn't see his face.If this nursery exists, that dream was of my daughter, playing in heaven (and the baby in my arms? My eldest son, who was conceived months later).And my daughter's waiting for me--even as your children are waiting for you.13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139)Friends?Our God does not lie.If he's told you that your baby lives? She does. Maybe not on earth. But nothing can separate us from the love of God--not even death, Romans 8 tells us.May you be filled with hope. This world is not all there is.Hallelujah.Your sister,e.*** Hey guys--I hate asking this, but I guess it's part of being a "professional" writer; I created an Author page yesterday and am wondering if you'll consider Liking me? Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/emilytwierenga. XOXOSubscribers that had been using the RSS method may have tore-subscribe and choose the non-comments feed. Old (dead) link: http://canvaschild.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/defaultNew (working) link: http://www.emilywierenga.com/feed/

Tod Bolsinger

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Of Collaborators and Winter Coats

By Tod Bolsinger “No one would live in Boston without owning a winter coat. But countless people think that they can exercise leadership without partners…” -Ronald Heifetz “I’m going to need new clothes,” my daughter warns me. “It’s just a weekend trip,” I remind her. “I mean, if I go...

Jeanne Damoff

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Twenty-One Grains of Wheat

They were good men by pretty much any standard. Able-bodied, hard workers who only wanted to provide for their families, but there was no work available. So they counted the cost, took a big risk, and crossed a border into dangerous territory in search of jobs. And we all know what happened. We’ve seen the […]
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Susan Jones

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Finis~

“For last year's words  belong to last year's languageAnd next year's words await another voice.And to make an end is to make a beginning." T.S. Eliot *  *  * "Any new beginning  is forged from  the shards of the past,  not from the  abandonment of the past." Craig D. Lounsbrough *  *  * Juniper "The Juniper tree's name is derived  from the Latin word juniperus.  In Latin,
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Brock Henning

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3 Virtues Even Non-Trekkies Can Learn from Spock

Many of us were saddened this week at the passing of Leonard Nimoy, an icon (if not the icon) of the Star Trek universe. I guess you could say I’m a trekkie, minus the spock ears. Okay, I did own a pair when I was a kid, but I never wore them in public. Does […] The post 3 Virtues Even Non-Trekkies Can Learn from Spock appeared first on Brock Stephen Henning.

Heather Holleman

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Some Beauty Here

The snow still rises up around the house today, and it's still icy cold. However, we enjoy the bright sun, the blue sky, and the lovely tree bones. This view comes only through winter.

Marilyn Yocum

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Dumping My Blog

I’M THINKING OF DUMPING MY BLOG – been thinking it a while – but is it one more step away from writing? Or toward it? Unsure. I admitted to these very thoughts while riding to church a few weeks ago and wouldn’t you know it? The morning’s passage included “immediately they left their nets.” I […]

Marni Arnold

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Who’s Really the Enemy?

Passing by a particular denominational church recently triggered memories to a moment when I felt deep pain. Not because of the church, but because of how I was treated by my family concerning a boy I once was interested in dating who attended this church denomination. He really was interested in dating me as well, and when […] The post Who’s Really the Enemy? appeared first on Marni Arnold.