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Divine Opportunities — Cathy Bryant

Posted by on Dec 15, 2008 in Guest Post | 0 comments

Divine Opportunities — Cathy Bryant

>“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”. ~Colossians 4:5-6(NIV) She and I were so different from one another. I was educated; she wasn’t. I was employed; she couldn’t work. I was healthy and whole; she was an invalid. I struggled with the decision to reach out to her. We had so little in common. Or so I thought. The truth is that...

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Searching for Hope — Sue Payne

Posted by on Dec 4, 2008 in Devotions, Guest Post | 0 comments

Searching for Hope — Sue Payne

“A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” Luke 3:4 It was nearly 10:00 PM when I arrived home from work. The neighborhood was strangely quiet and the air had a crisp chill. After retrieving the mail, I headed back up the driveway. That’s when I heard the lone call. I stopped, rather puzzled as my eyes and ears were drawn in its direction. It was the voice of one Canada goose. From what I knew about these loyal birds, it was odd to hear...

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The Coolest of the Cool — Pat Patterson

Posted by on Dec 2, 2008 in Guest Post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Coolest of the Cool — Pat Patterson

> “Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 28:31 I couldn’t believe it! He was my hero. The coolest of the cool. Warlord of the most vicious gang of teenagers that ever roamed the streets of New York, and he was coming to my hometown. I had to see him! It was a teenaged boy’s dream come-true. I had read his book several times, at least to the point where he became a Christian, but I never ventured past that page; I...

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The Right Place at the Right Time — Irene Brand

Posted by on Nov 24, 2008 in Guest Post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Right Place at the Right Time — Irene Brand

>“Who knows but that you have come to the royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:12b NIV When my husband, Rod, and I planned a vacation to Ireland, September 2001, we didn’t know that we would be overseas on one of the blackest days in the history of the United States. Yet as God placed Esther in a Persian harem for a purpose, so He used us in the aftermath of 911. We were eating lunch in an Irish village when we heard the tragic news. Occasionally, I have questioned the truth of...

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Be Careful Who You Put on a Pedestal — Sue Payne

Posted by on Nov 20, 2008 in Guest Post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Be Careful Who You Put on a Pedestal — Sue Payne

>Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. John 14:6 I grew up attending church. For as long as I can remember, our family life revolved around the involvement in services, choir, youth group, church suppers and bazaars, plays and committees. I was fortunate enough to have role models and mentors through the church family whom I looked up to during this time of my life. Among my mentors was our pastor. I held him in very high regard, went to him for advice, and always felt he...

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The Best of the Best — Pat Patterson

Posted by on Nov 18, 2008 in Guest Post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Best of the Best — Pat Patterson

>“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10 To be the best: To excel, to outdo all others, to reach a level of accomplishment unsurpassed in one’s field. And for a brave young man I know—my good friend’s son— it means even more than that. It means to be willing to lay down your life, to sacrifice your freedom that others might live… “Pat-Man, I need your help.” “Are you okay?” I said. “What is it?” “They’ve called him up again.” “Again?” “They’re...

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