Charlottesville - Pastor Toby Mueller

Sitting in my office, I was wondering what I was going to write about for this blog, when the obvious hit me - Charlottesville. Isn't it funny how one minute we have no idea about or connection with a word, or place, and the next - usually because of some tragic and traumatic event - that word or place has become loaded, and all we have to do is say it, and everyone in the room knows what we mean. Katrina. Oklahoma City. Aurora. Sandy Hook. Charlottesville. I'm sure the mayor is not thrilled with the new connotations his city's name now brings to mind: Hate. Anger. Racism. Neo-Nazis. Murder. Not quite what the chamber of commerce had in mind. Are we really back to the 1930s? How ca

Be Still and Know That He is God - Lou Ann Karabel

Be Still, and Know That He Is God Recently I've been getting lessons in waiting. Not just the kind of waiting we experience daily. Waiting in line. Waiting for a dropped call to reconnect. Waiting for our children or grandchildren to put their shoes on so we can leave the house! There's another kind of waiting we all do at some point in our lives, a harder kind, a kind that requires faith and reliance on God. One of our dearest friends was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma nearly a year ago. He endured the extreme chemotherapy very well. He has been in remission for several months, but he and his wife have lived in a constant state of waiting since his illness first began

Summer Travels - Jim Hubbard

Summer Travels When the summer weather is nice (usually) and the temperature is warm... it is a good time to get on the road or in the air and "go somewhere." Often we choose to get closer to nature and spend more time in the great outdoors during nicer weather. Once we get to see and experience more of God's wonderful work... if we take the time to "stop and smell the roses"... we can truly feel a sense of awe and wonder at God's creation. Our son lives in northern California in and near those giant redwood trees one sees when visiting the "Avenue of the Giants." He occasionally takes them for granted, but when we visit and see stands of coastal redwood trees that routinely grow to over

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