An offering from Deborah: He lives within us all…

April 16, 2015
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He is risen!birds-of-north-america_t4868

Like many others, I  draw closer to my Creator when I pause to appreciate the great outdoors.  There is just something about the overwhelming beauty and complexity of nature that seems to authoritatively proclaim His majesty.  Sadly though, much of this gift of creation is ill-used.  From global warming to overfishing and animal abuse, from the destruction of incomprehensible swaths of rainforest to massive water waste, it is a sad proclamation of how disconnected man is from his role of stewardship when it comes to caring for the environment.  And not only sad, but demoralizing and seemingly hopeless except for one very simple and very important belief: Jesus lives.  He lives within us all.  Thus, I can rely on his strength to have the courage to do my part to care for his creation.  And as I do my part, my hope grows with the reminder that Jesus’ power to save is greater than all the ills of the world combined.

(c) 2015 Deborah Bouis

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An offering from Nancy Kate: Death allows some amazing reunions…

April 11, 2015
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He is risen… Easter LilyHe has conquered death for all… I still wait to know what all this means, but I get pieces of the meaning from time to time. Recently I got news of a friend’s death, and very soon I was talking with another friend about how death allows some amazing reunions. Like when my mother died. “Now she’s with Daddy and our brother.” And we all counted on that reunion being one without hidden agendas, without old grudges, without any of the secret things that get in the way of perfect reunions. Because of Jesus, death brings together more than it separates. I like this story.

(c) 2015 Nancy Kate Dunkerley

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