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32 Reasons to Be Thankful (His Encouragement)

Scripture: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  (Colossians 2:6-7)   A Very Happy Birthday The current year has been a strange one, and yesterday brought us to  the… Continue reading 32 Reasons to Be Thankful (His Encouragement)

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Devotion: This Is My Father’s World (His Encouragement)

Many of us have complicated relationships with our father's. The first week of July will mark almost exactly one year since my father passed away. I mourn the loss of the many years I wanted to spend getting to know him. This Father's Day, I am holding everyone who has lost a parent in prayer.  When my heart is heavy, I often find solace in the Psalms. This week, I have found particular comfort in Psalm 93.

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Devotion: Family Resemblance (His Encouragement)

When people look at me, they can see the face of my mother and my grandmother. The family resemblance is clear. In many ways, I am reflection of her.  I hope that I am also a reflection of my Heavenly Father. I pray that by the way I live my life and by the actions that I take, people will also be able to see the love of God reflected in me. 

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Devotion: We Are Not Alone (His Encouragement)

The story of Lazarus offers comfort to all of those who mourn. We are all mourning something right now, but we will all get through this together. Although we cannot physically gather, I encourage you to lift your hearts with me every day in prayer for five minutes at five in the afternoon. The church is not a building, it is a people. Let us be a people united in prayer.

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I Started a YouTube Channel: Plus a Video to Make You Smile! (With guest pianist Alex)

I'm putting all my social media skills to use for the Glory of God and the service of Church. I will be posting daily devotional videos. Some will be humorous, and others will be a bit more serious. Some will have special guests(filmed from a safe distance)and others will be just me. I hope they help provide you with comfort and a smile during this time. 

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Book Review: The #MeToo Reckoning by Ruth Everhart

Everhart offers hope to survivors as she declares that God is present with the violated and stands in solidarity with victims. Scriptural narratives like those of Tamar and Bathsheba carry powerful resonance in today's context, as do the accounts of Jesus' interactions with women.

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Want to Read Wednesday: The Pastor Wears a Skirt by Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Rev. Dorothy Nickel Friesen, an ordained Mennonite pastor, digs deep into the soul of a pastor with humor, pathos, and passion. Her memoir, a collection of short stories based on true events, visits the agony of bedside death, lost dreams, and angry parishioners who walk away from her leadership. She also shares the laugh-out-loud stories of weddings (a missing groom), rituals of deep meaning (with water from the Jordan River), and tension-filled advocacy for peace (on a military base).

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Devotion: Happy New Year- Babies Change Lives (His Encouragement)

Have you or a family member ever known the joy of a holding a newborn baby in your arms? Babies change our lives. One of my friends can vividly remember the day her son was born. “It was a long and painful process,” she said. “I had labor pains for three long, grueling days and the contractions were so brutal that I thought that I was going to die. I had never known such pain in all my life. But then, when they laid that my new son in my arms, my entire life changed. Up until that point, I had loved my son and anxiously awaited his arrival. But that moment, when I held him, I knew what true love was. Becoming a parent changes your life forever, and it has never been the same.”