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It’s About Time

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Tina

Authored by Tina Kapp

Imagine if you could go back in time and relive any moment in your life. Are there any decisions you’d make differently? Any specific moments you’d enjoy again? Or people you wish you’d spent more time with?

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How Can I Make a Difference?

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MariaD

Authored by Mara Hodler

There is a message that’s been on my mind for some time. It’s been composing itself in my head as I have waited to find the time to put it into words. For the past few weeks, each time I log onto my Facebook page, which is also, ashamedly, my news source, I have seen things that greatly troubled me.

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Knights and Mirrors

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MariaD

Authored by Mara Hodler

One of the movies I watched the most often when growing up was Man of La Mancha.1 It seemed that every couple of months, some parent, youth group leader, or teacher decided it was time for a rerun. I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but I do have a soft spot for this film.

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Keeping Up with the Joneses

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Tina

Authored by Tina Kapp

My brother Jeremy wrote a fascinating article on his blog, titled “Lifestyle Inflation.”1 In it, he talks about how people are pressured to spend more money to keep improving their lifestyle. As you make more money, you may begin to feel you have to get a better car or a fancier house, all of which traps

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Defying Odds? Or Accepting Defeat?

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Authored by Steve Hearts

When God calls us to undertake a quest or venture for Him, we are usually happy to rise to the occasion, excited by the prospect of thrilling, fruit-bearing adventures. We set off with anticipation in our hearts and a song on our lips. But then unforeseen emergencies, or even downright tragedies, present themselves, sometimes without the slightest hint of warning, and our bright day that started out so promising abruptly becomes a dark night.

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A Temperamental Garden

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Tina

Authored by Tina Kapp

When I was in elementary school, we had the most amazing gardener whom we all called “Uncle Silas.” He could make one of those “picture book gardens” with tomatoes, beans, cabbage, and lettuce bursting out everywhere. Our flower beds in front of the school were always an amazing range of color, and he knew

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Bringing Out the Artist in You

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Tina

Authored by Tina Kapp

A few years back, I was invited, quite out of the blue, to a church here in South Africa to dance for a concert that was raising funds for missionary projects. This was no ordinary church: Aside from the fact that it seats 3,000 people, their stage and lighting is so good that the last four seasons of South

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Denying Ourselves

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MariaD

Authored by Mara Hodler

There’s an old story about a Roman soldier named Caius. He was one of the footmen in the ever-advancing Roman army. Caius had a sickness that he knew was terminal. He knew that there was no medicine or doctor, at least not one he could ever afford, that could reverse the course of his illness. Despite his

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Conquering Fear

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Authored by Steve Hearts
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Who in this world can say they are completely exempt from fear? Most definitely not me. Fear, imaginary or legitimate, has knocked on my door countless of times throughout my life. When I was a child, my mother often read me the following quote: “When fear knocks at your door, send faith to answer it.” I’ve had a couple of incidents where faith not only answered the door, but also helped me conquer my fear.

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God Never Lets Go

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Janet

Authored by Janet Kluck (a guest contribution)

Have you ever been faced with a tough decision and wrestled to find the right path? If you are a member of the human race, I am pretty sure your answer would be a resounding “Yes!” I think we have all been there at one time or another and know how scary it can be to face the risks or consequences should we make the

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Future Bods, Part 1

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Scott

Authored by Scott MacGregor

It is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.1

I think it is good to be curious, to have a healthy interest in and investigate things we don’t understand. It is also good to

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Flirting with Failure

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Joe

Authored by Joseph McNally (a guest contribution)

As the sun was setting, I walked briskly toward the bus station after a tiring day at work. I knew from experience that the city bus didn’t come by that often, and I didn’t want to miss it.

A teenager sporting Oakley sunglasses, a plush black suit, and a haircut with designed grooves shaved into the sides above his

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Do You Feel Lucky?

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Tina

Authored by Tina Kapp

I watched an interesting documentary by a mentalist and illusionist magician, Derren Brown, called “The Secret of Luck.” He selected a small town that had a random dog statue in a park, and started a rumor that it was lucky to rub the dog’s head. They sent in a fake film crew to follow a few chosen

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The God from Podunk

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Scott

Authored by Scott MacGregor

I have come to realize that my perceptions have been wrong when it comes to where Jesus lived as a kid and presumably as a young man. I have always been aware that Galilee was in the north of Israel and a fair distance from the big city of Jerusalem, but it is only lately that I have come to appreciate just how far out “in the sticks” Galilee was, and how this impacted Jesus and His followers and also the Jews of His

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Just Do It

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Deepa

Authored by Deepa Daniels

In my podcast titled “Want Success?” I talked about how having self-discipline is a key to being successful. In this podcast I want to take a look at how one can establish self-discipline as a habit. You’re going to need to play a bit with the advice offered to find what works for you; but even if you try something and it doesn’t work, don’t give up, as it just

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The Most Unlikely To Succeed

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Scott

Authored by Scott MacGregor (a guest contribution)

I’ve been thinking about the unlikely characters God chose to work through. This line of thought was kindled when I read the following:

This is a letter supposedly written to Jesus by the Jordan Management Consultant firm in Jerusalem, which is reporting its findings on the twelve men he had submitted

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A Much-Needed Fruit

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Ado

Authored by Dan Roselle

I’ve always been a bit impatient. As a child I wanted to accomplish things more quickly than it usually took. I was ambitious and driven, though, so I usually did reach whatever goal I set out to accomplish. For example, in school I made good grades. I had a goal to finish all my homework before leaving school, and generally reached that goal. In high school

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Do It with All Your Might

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Marie

Authored by Marie Story

Marina Piccinini, a world-renowned flutist, travels frequently around the world. As she is often traveling for concerts, she has to take her flutes with her. Unfortunately, airport security frequently seems to think that the flutes pose a threat.

One day as she was passing through security in the Munich

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It's All About Perspective

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Ado

Authored by Dan Roselle

When I was 21, I studied diligently to become a certified teacher. I’d never wanted to be a teacher, but when I realized God was calling me to this vocation, I accepted it. Initially I taught elementary ages, which I enjoyed, but in 1983 the opportunity came to teach at a private high school. I anticipated that it would be different, but I didn’t realize it would

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