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Precious, Honored and Loved
By Kimberly Loontjer, Forest Park, Illinois
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you…
Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2, 4
This month, we welcomed the start of another new year. We celebrate the changing calendar with...
Another Year of Grace!
Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
A Joy-Filled January to you and yours!
A great way to continue to focus on our Lord during this New Year is to recall the hymn stanza,
“Now greet the swiftly changing year
With joy and penitence sincere.
Rejoice! Rejoice! With thanks embrace
Another year of Grace!”
Another year of grace – you betcha! Grace is a daily gift to us, even before we have...
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
The year is still new. Most of us have erased, crossed out, or written over 2015 a time or two. That’s the way it is with new things. We have to think and work at them, until repetition makes them normal instead of new.
Today is new. It is “Day 1” of the rest of this life on earth. Ask God to open your eyes to His new blessings, to see His creation with new eyes, to notice the old and new people He wants to bless through...
Mind Your Mannas!
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA
I wonder what it must have been like, that first day, in the wilderness, when the people of Israel woke up to manna. I assume it’d be like the first snow of the season – children peeking out of their tents to see a world covered in white (only without the frigid temperature). Did they bravely venture out into it, or were they hesitant? Who was the first to actually taste the stuff? How quickly...
Keep Telling the Story
By Margaret Hinchey, Englewood, CO
Read Luke 2.
Many of us have just come through a season of “telling the story” through Christmas pageants, Sunday school Christmas programs, choir concerts, living Nativities, etc. The same old story was told over and over by preschoolers, elementary children, youth, adults – all in their own way and all over the world.
It’s a story that never gets old, “And it came to pass in those days there went...