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Faith

Faith Lessons From the Olive Tree

Olives and olive trees were important in Bible times and Scripture, providing food, ointment, illumination, and in the making of soap. And the olive tree is a most amazing tree!

Though not generally tall this evergreen, with its extensive root system, is able to withstand wind, heat, and drought. And in its native dry and rocky Mediterranean habitat can produce fruit for over 1000 years!

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Faith

Giving Thanks Even for Fleas {Corrie ten Boom}

Can we ever be too thankful? I think not, and I believe Scripture backs me up. Yet life is often hard, and it becomes so easy to fall into the habit of fretting, complaining, or even despair. So let’s learn a lesson on giving thanks from Corrie ten Boom

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Faith

Longing for Home: Do we Miss it Enough?

Sometimes after a long time away, I find myself longing for home. (HOME. Isn’t that a beautiful word?) And although always greatly appreciative of the hospitality we’re offered, as miles and days pass my longing for home steadily increases. Even when visiting family and friends we don’t often get to see.

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Relationships

No One is Useless: Tale of a Misfit Tree

Do you sometimes feel like a misfit or useless? Or even worse, think of others as such? What a shame it is when we overlook those we see as unimportant. Or judge them without even really knowing their story. Just as many did with the poor widow who put all she had into the temple offering.

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Inspiration

Raising Readers in a Technological Era

From the time our children were babies we read to them a lot, identifying pictures in books. Building their vocabularies, along with a love of books, one word at a time. And it paid off! Our daughter could already say many words at 9 months, and by age one spoke in complete phrases! Our son, also an early starter, was just a bit behind his sister. 

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Missional Living

Life in a Graveyard

One-by-one we’ve watched them go. Quite often heart-broken, usually discouraged, but always leaving a big chunk of their hearts behind them. Graveyard life did them in, and it’s really no surprise. It’s often dark and gloomy, oppressive and crushing.

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Stewardship

Do You Suffer With Affluenza? [Video]

Quite possibly you’re sitting there wondering “What in the world IS Affluenza?” I did too when I first heard of it! INfluenza I knew all too well! But I had only just heard of Affluenza, a term mainly used by critics of consumerism. Here’s how it’s described in the book, Affluenza: The All-consuming Epidemic.

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Faith

What the Romans Ate [Video]

The Roman empire played an important role in world history. It was also used by God to prepare the world for the birth of the Messiah and spread the Gospel. Given its important role in the time of Christ, it’s important to learn what daily life was like back then.

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Relationships

Parents, Be Careful What You Allow

John Wesley said, “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” He was referring to sin. And we see this played out in history repeatedly. But I’d like to look at it from a different angle.