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    On the Boat

    ON THE BOAT:Verses to read: 1 Corinthians 2: 6-10I will never forget standing on the deck of a boat in the Caribbean Sea. As I looked behind us, I discovered we had traveled so far out that I could not see the shoreline or our hotel. My stomach did a little flip-flop and I felt a nervous light-headedness.   Read More...

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    Not Ashamed

    NOT ASHAMED:Verse to read: Romans 1:16When I first became a Christian, I was so excited! I wanted everyone—including my friends and relatives—to know that I was a believer in Jesus Christ and that my sins were forgiven. And I wanted to tell them how they, too, could receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.   Read More...

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    On the Floor

    ON THE FLOOR:Verses to read: Philippians 2:7-8My wife and I are expecting our first child. We have been praying for several years that God would grant us a child. What a wonderful blessing our God has given us!   Read More...

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    Standing Guard

    STANDING GUARD:Verses to read: Habakkuk 2:1A pastor once told me of the time he spent on a naval ship in Europe. He told me that he had a difficult job. His job was to stand night duty at port side.   Read More...

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    Connect the Dots

    CONNECT the DOTS:Verse to read: 1 Corinthians 13:12As a child, I always looked forward to our family vacations. We often rented a 24-foot recreational vehicle. It had a kitchen, bathroom, dining tables and plenty of room for children to stretch out in.   Read More...

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    True Peace

    TRUE PEACE:Verses to read: Psalm 23:1-2We are living in a consumer-oriented society that is constantly promoting the idea that you can never have enough. The commercials on TV make it clear that we don’t drive the right car or wear the nicest clothes. Commercials tell our children that they need to have the “cool” toys, or wear a designer label to be part of the “in” crowd.   Read More...

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    The Auction

    THE AUCTION:Verses to Read: John 3:35-36Some years ago, I heard a story about an extremely wealthy man who dies. The old man had lived a very private life due to a family tragedy years earlier. His only child, a son, had died from a rare disease before his 10th birthday.   Read More...

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    The Father's Compassion

    THE FATHER’S COMPASSION:Verse to read: Psalm 103:13Recently I took our infant daughter, Hannah, to the hospital for some tests to check for common ailments. This should have been a routine procedure, but it quickly turned into a traumatic event. The nurse was having trouble drawing enough blood and had to draw blood three times from Hannah’s feet.   Read More...

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    The Race

    THE RACE: Verses to read: Hebrews 12:1-3In the 1948 Olympic Games, a gifted long distance runner named Emil Zatopek had trained for the 5,000- and the 10,000-meter races. It was obvious to all spectators that Emil had come ready to run. He was focused.   Read More...

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    The Crown

    THE CROWN:Verses to read: 2 Timothy 4:5-8The 1996-97 season was both victorious and sorrowful for the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. In this triumphant year, the team had won the greatest prize in hockey—the Stanley Cup. But joy quickly turned into tragedy as a car accident claimed the career of a leading player on the team.Just days after winning the Stanley Cup, Red Wing player Vladamir Konstantinov lay in a coma.   Read More...

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    Chariots of Fire

    CHARIOTS of FIRE:Verses to read: Daniel 3:1 and 13-18My favorite movie is “Chariots of Fire,” based on a true story. The film’s main character is Eric Liddell—a missionary to China and a great man of God. Eric Liddle was also a phenomenal runner who entered the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.   Read More...

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    Headwind

    HEADWIND:Verse to read: Luke 10:1Bicycle touring is a favorite hobby of mine. There’s just something satisfying about hitting the open road on a bike. You pack your bags, check your tires, fill your water bottle, and start pedaling.   Read More...

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    Miracle Worker

    MIRACLE WORKER:Verse to read: 1 Peter 5:7My pastor once told me the following story about his daughter. One day when she was two years old, she was playing in her bedroom while her father worked in his study nearby. Suddenly, he heard a quiet groan coming from his daughter’s room.   Read More...

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    Have No Fear

    HAVE NO FEAR:Verse to read: Psalm 23:4A few years ago, some friends and I took a canoe trip through a canyon in the Rocky Mountains. I was quite excited about this adventure because this was a new experience for me. I had never been to the Rockies and certainly never dreamed of having the opportunity to ride a river through a canyon.As we drove to the starting point, however, feelings of fear came over me.   Read More...

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    Cozette

    COZETTE:Verses to read: Romans 10:9-13In his book, Les Miserables, Victor Hugo introduced the world to an intriguing character, Cozette. For the first few years of Cozette’s life, she lived with foster parents and was badly treated. She was malnourished and clothed in rags.   Read More...

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    Year End Thank You

    One of the highlights of being an FCA missionary is the amount of time I get to spend on school campuses with both faculty and students. I love being on our local campus and my favorite time to be on the campus is game time. Recently I was attending a local high school basketball game.   Read More...

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