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At the Potter’s House

By Nancy J. Unks “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message’” Jeremiah 18:3. I like to play in mud. Maybe it started in childhood when I spent summer days with my little brother building roads and villages...

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I Am Them

By Todd Hill How many times have you heard someone say, “They say”?  Have you ever wondered who they are?  It seems that they have a lot of credibility, seeing how much weight we put on what they say! As I reflect on the proverbial they, I notice that so often when I talk about...

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God’s Provision

By Beth Ann Olesen As I work through the book of Mark, I keep coming back to a specific passage: And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you...

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Hawks and Ruminations

By Jane Highley This is not a silver-linings reflection, although that is not a bad idea for another post. Instead, I am sharing with you something curious that I have come to notice since we have all been ordered to shelter in place since March. It took a pandemic for me to notice how many...

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A Stable Relationship

By Ward Shope 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb 13:8) A number of years before we came to New Life, I was part of a work team whose leader resigned.  As a result, the leadership above us decided to make me the new leader even though I had less experience than...

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Letter from a Roman Dungeon

By Nancy Unks If I am tempted to complain about isolation on my warm, comfy couch, I have only to read Paul’s second letter to Timothy, his beloved young protégé, to snap me out of that mood. It was written in dreadful circumstances. Paul, under arrest, had been taken to Rome in chains and thrown...

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We’re All in This Together

By Ward Shope Chances are you’ve heard this phrase frequently recently.  Embedded within this message is the understanding that we are restricting ourselves in a number of ways for the health of the greater whole.  I stay home, not only so that I don’t get the coronavirus, but so that I don’t become a transmitter...

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Calling All Frontal Lobes!

By Debbie Shope Have you been intimately engaging your frontal lobe lately?  (Before I go any further, I apologize to all medical and scientific people out there who have far greater knowledge of the human brain.  Please excuse my blunders.  Now, back to your lobe 🙂  At a conference some years ago I learned a...

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The Face of a Silent God

By Tracy Eide Psalm 5:1-6 “Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray… You hear my voice… I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly…” I love the Psalms; I live in the Psalms. There is so much...

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Going Home

By Nancy Unks While in western Pennsylvania last Thanksgiving, I made a trip back to my hometown. Not the one where I did most of my growing up; the one before that where I lived the first three years of my life and visited often with my family because it was my Dad’s hometown. A...

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Connecting in Discommunity

By Ward Shope As we experience the dislocation of COVID-19, some have drawn a parallel to the persecuted church in its inability to meet for regular worship and Bible teaching.  I’ve done it myself, having close connection to some serving the Kingdom in that part of the world.  There is a mix of prudence and...

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The Potter and the Clay

By Nancy Unks “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8). All clay is not the same. It comes in a range of earthy colors, from dark brown to porcelain white. It comes in various textures, from course...