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Broken But Useful

When I was young, our television quit. My Dad and I took the TV to the appliance repair shop in the next town. We dropped it off, drove home, waited a couple of weeks, picked it up, lugged it back into the house, hooked it up, and used it for a few more years. Aside from making …

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Three Questions to Ask During Difficult Times

I’ve been a believer for virtually my entire life. And, in that span of time, I’ve experienced the whole gamut of exceedingly wonderful and heartbreaking-ly horrible experiences. It easy to reflect on the good times. It’s not so easy to dig deep and wrestle with the difficult times. In addition to experiencing my own share …

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Ministry Highs and Lows

I love being in ministry. I enjoy working at a church with people who are committed to God. It’s fantastic to know that my work has real, lasting meaning. No, it’s not a fairy tale like some might imagine it. There are real conflicts, real worries, pressures, demands and struggles. But, I’ve found that the …

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Disappointment

I read this passage about Jesus’ ministry a few days ago. I experienced awe and disappointment at the same time: A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who …

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