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What I learned in Israel

I recently spent two weeks exploring Israel with students and professors from Fuller Seminary. It was a phenomenal time and I am sure it will take me a lifetime to process all that I experienced. Many people visit Israel as a personal faith pilgrimage, exploring the Holy Land of their spiritual ...

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A Word about Praying

Many years ago I drove from our small church in Skowhegan, Maine to the north shore of Boston to participate in a one-day symposium on preaching at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.  The instructor:  Dr. Stephen Olford.  They say that he was a role model and friend to Charles Stanley and ...

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James Paton and the Impact of Fatherhood

James Paton was never famous. He was not a great leader. He did not cure a disease, liberate an oppressed people, suffer for a great cause, or lead a nation. In fact, he spent his life making socks.This does not mean his life was not well spent. It was. It doesn't mean that he did not leave a deep ...

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A word about softball and missions…

A word about softball and missions… On Tuesday evening I had an up-close and personal view of our church’s two softball teams as they dueled each other with bats and gloves.  Church softball is a cultural phenomenon where generations suit up and battle side by side.  One of ...

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Want To Meet Them All?

Have you ever met a woman who named her kids, “One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six?” Ria has.  She was actually sitting on her porch watching her grandkids, “One, Two and Three” plus some neighbor kids named “One” and “Four.”  What is life ...

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