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A Simple Communion Message

Here are a few words which can be said before serving the elements of the Lord's Supper. This morning we are going to participate in some profound symbolism. Set before us, we see the elements of the Lord's Supper: the bread represents Christ’s body broken to make us...

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Becoming Real People

I remember coming across a timely poem in my high school American literature class.  At the time, reading it was only an assignment, but for some reason it has stuck with me over the years.  It is titled Richard Cory, by Edwin Arlington Robinson: Whenever Richard Cory...

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A Sample Ministry Covenant

Some type of "contract" between Christian organizations and their volunteers is becoming a necessity in our times of legal vulnerability. The following is a sample of the type of thing you may want to do to set the boundaries for volunteers within your church or...

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Tehuacan Teaching Project, January 2010

My JARON colleague, Kenton Rahn, and I arrived in Tehuacan on Friday, January 8 in the late afternoon after a 1:05 am departure time from Fresno.  Tehuacan is a city of around 250,000 people in the southern part of the Mexican state of Puebla, located about four hours...

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Dealing with an Unforseen Change in Plan

Lessons from a familiar holiday story Isn’t it amazing how things often don’t turn out as planned?  You think things through very carefully and get key steps set up ahead of time, with all details considered.  Finally, you are ready to go.  Then, without warning,...

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Holidays or Holy Days?

Are you ready for the holidays? There is shopping to be done, cards to send, meals to plan and a thousand preparations to make this time of year. The month of December is usually a very happy time of year. But amid all the flurry of activity, what exactly is this...

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The Christmas Focus

(Santa is No Substitute) I am not one of those people who are opposed to Santa Claus, the Christmas tree or the yuletide spirit. Personally, I think that it can be a wonderful thing when families and friends enjoy the American and European traditions of Christmas at...

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Living in Fast Forward

If I have any regrets related to the years in which my wife and I were raising our four children, the biggest would be that I was not paying attention. Melinda has asked me several times in the past couple of years if I remember one incident or another in the lives of...

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The Dangers of Missing Out

If there is something which is almost guaranteed to horrify people in contemporary society, it might be the fear of missing out on some significant life-experience.  The thought of going through one’s years without something which many others enjoy is a highly...

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A Brief Summary of the Middle Ages

    Europe from Rome to the Renaissance The Middle Ages are also sometimes called the Medieval Period of Western Civilization from medium (middle) + aevum (age). The Medieval Period extended from the late 400s to the late 1300s CE (around 900 years). Medieval...

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