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The Kingdom of the Gracious One

The sun rose in gentle strides over the kingdom that lay in the southern mountains. The light chased away the shadows of night as it drew its curtain up the mountainside. It peeked into the houses and shops of the inhabitants of the kingdom as if to say “Up, up. A new day is beginning.” […]

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Lessons From Father

When I close my eyes to recall my childhood memories I find myself standing in the middle of a forest on a warm summer day. The trees are rustling all around as the wind plays among the branches. The sun is rising steadily, chasing away the damp and dew of night. The forest is alive […]

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A Daughter to Her Mother

As a child I always loved watching my mom bake a pie. To me it was like watching a fine art in progress. The precision of the ingredients, the exact rolling out of the dough. My favorite part was when she would shape the pie crust with her thumb. Scalloped u-shapes would form around the […]

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Moving Mountains

Please understand that when I tell you this, I am not boasting but rather speaking a plain truth. I am a wealthy person. No, I do not own a Fortune 500 company or have a really diverse portfolio. What makes me so wealthy is that right now, at this very moment, I have three boxes […]

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Silent Night

It started at eight o’clock on Christmas Eve morning. First she needed to bake 3 pies. She needed flour, sugar, cinnamon, apples, butter, pumpkin filling. She preheated the oven, rolled out the dough and mixed the filling together. As the first pie was baking she prepared the pumpkin and the mince meat pie and then […]

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The Man in the Cage

Three days ago he had given himself over to insanity. Not the insanity of the schizophrenic or the deranged, but the mindless silence of a man past speaking. How long he had been in this cage he could not say. It was since the beginning of his remembering. And where remembering began he did not […]

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Sir, We Would See Jesus

Sometimes you think you won’t make it through the week. I mean that in a spiritual sense. The week seems so long. You battle the enemy, you travel up the hill. The enemy never relents. The incline of the hill never slackens but instead you keep going up, up, up. You wonder where Sunday is. […]

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Hear My Words, O Lord

“What’s in a word,” they say? What’s in a word? You couldn’t imagine your life without them. It would be so lonely. Unable to communicate, unable to express your thoughts. So much frustration, so many walls built all because you couldn’t say what was on your mind. Words are so essential in how we communicate […]

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Between You and Me

Of all the parables that are given to us in the Bible, I have always loved the parable of the good Samaritan. Perhaps I might even acknowledge it as my favorite and I can’t help but wonder if there are others who would agree with me. We are drawn to this story because it is […]

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Be Still My Soul

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me?” Psalm 42:11. When I walk through the forest on a warm summer morning, I find that it may be a hard thing to catch a glimpse of a songbird. They blend so well with the foliage and they flutter and […]

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The Case for a Creator

Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2004. Pp. 340. $14.99 (paper). In this instructive book packed with scientific information, author and journalist Lee Strobel interviews several scientists on the theories of Darwin and how well they have withstood the scrutiny of science within the last one hundred years. Strobel, a […]

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I Have a Dream…of Charity and Love Above All Else

In the eyes of the world there is nothing worse than being labeled as a racist person. To the world, being racist means being ignorant, not understanding that all human life, regardless of skin color, is precious. Racism is slowly becoming the fad of yesterday. And it’s simply because after thousands of years of racism […]

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In His Will

Trisha is a short story contest winner from South Holland Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois. Suffering. Her life could be summarized in that one word. Suffering. Chisel that word on her gravestone. Anna’s life had never been easy, but she had the impression that not all life was easy. There was some element, […]

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No Greater Comfort

He sat quietly in the cave. No sound or movement came from him. He had the look on his face of an old man reminiscing of long ago. He was thinking of back then, but they were not happy thoughts. They were thoughts that left scars on his tender heart. Joey had lost his mother […]

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