WE ARE LIVING MIRACLES

We are living miracles in how we are made. God created us as spirits that are tethered to this world by means of our physical bodies. And yet our bodies are fragile! They are basically carbon-based water balloons. (When babies are born, they are nearly 80% water; and even as adults, we’re nearly two-thirds water!) […]

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Brotherhood Mutual Resources

It’s Sunday morning, and service has just started. A man with a duffle bag gets out of his car, walks past two of your greeters, and heads toward the sanctuary. Just outside the doors, he reaches into the duffle bag. How would your people respond? • Would greeters know how to address a situation that “just doesn’t […]

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WHEN HE’S NOT IN THE ROOM

I would like to tell you about a miracle that happened to Sue and me this month. We had been talking recently about the fact that we had no active friendships outside of our friends in the Missionary Church. Oh, we have family members, who are all very close. We also have some treasured friendships […]

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CARS AND GARAGES

I have a relative who has a car he loves so much that after he bought it new, he took it home and put it in his garage up on blocks so the tires wouldn’t go flat. He bought a custom-made cover to place over that car, so it wouldn’t get dusty … and it […]

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THE DEATH OF SPIRITUAL NEUTRALITY

WHAT SHAKES A MAN WHO HAS SEEN IT ALL? The Apostle Paul was a world traveler by the standards of his day. In an era when people traveled on foot and most never moved more than 20 miles from their homes, Paul was comfortable traveling throughout the Roman Empire, which spread across most of the […]

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IS IT WRONG TO “EXPERIMENT” WITH GOD?

It is usually wrong to put God to the test, because He commanded us not to in Deuteronomy 6. (There is one exception to that rule, and that is when God Himself invites us to test Him, as He did in Malachi 3:10.) We are NOT permitted to test God for flaws or unfaithfulness (because that […]

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NEW BOOK ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

DR. TERRY LINHART RELEASES EXCELLENT NEW BOOK ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Baker Publishing Group has just released a new book entitled “Teaching the NEXT Generations: A comprehensive guide for teaching Christian formation” which is edited by our own Dr. Terry Linhart, the chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Bethel College. Terry has gathered some […]

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING PICTURES OF JESUS

Sue and I were blessed in the last couple of months by the birth of two grandsons, and suddenly, all of the ladies among our family and friends turned into statisticians! How many inches? How many pounds? How many ounces? How many hours in labor? How many hours of pushing? Their friends wanted to know […]

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