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No one believes them.....

Dear Friends,   I traveled again to France this week to register the campers that could not attend our meetings in December because of the national strikes in France.  But this week  it’s a different kind of calamity to hit France and my international travels—-the Coronavirus from China. At the time I am writing this devotion, over 200 people have died and over 10,000  are infected. Experts expect 100,000 will get infected in the next few days and 2000 will die by the end of February.  Even now, 7000 tourists are stranded on a cruise liner off the coast of Italy because a Chinese couple on the cruise have apparently come down with the disease. 7000 people stranded indefinitely!  ...

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On Facing the Lions..

On Facing the Lions..     Some days I cannot imagine how things could possibly end up right or get worse.  It’s hopeless. Too many variables and too many irons in the fire.  It would take two of me, working 24 hours a day to get it all done—and one of “me” would need to have a much larger brain. I cannot do it all—-I am unable.   He says: “Let not your heart be troubled”; but what happens when your heart is troubled and you can’t bring about the things essential to taking care of your children or your obligations to others that have trusted you? It does become troubling to your soul.   It’s akin telling a drowning...

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2019 Winter Grapevine

Dear Friends,As you celebrate the birth of our Savior this season, may God bless you and your family with mirth, peace, joy and a special sense of His presence. As we get older we note that some who celebrated the holidays with us last year and not with us this year. May we all pause to give thanks for the wonderful memories of Christmas past, and perhaps be a bit more reticent about how precious these moments are that we all remain together. Let’s put aside those things that divide us and embrace those things that cause us to become one in spirit—His Spirit. Download our Grapevine newsletter to read more from Dean, Greg, Holly, and Jedd. Don't forget, there's only a few days left for...

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The baby born to suffer....

  It’s Christmas time, but of course, were it were not for the resurrection of Jesus, there would be no celebration of His birth.  And were it not for the execution of Jesus, there would never have been a resurrection.  But again, what about the suffering that He endured for us? Do we look at the cross and the suffering Man on that cross closely and often enough?  Do we see in the baby in the manger for fullness of God’s purpose and redemptive love?   Last week I wrote about how I considered the suffering of Jesus as He was scourged prior to the crucifixion.  The image of the incredible torture He endured is something we tend to speak...

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The Back of Jesus...

  Shroud of Turin   The shroud of Turin, the burial cloth that is believed to bear the “negative photographic” image of the crucified Christ,  is something I have wondered about since I first heard about.  And from what I have read, seen and heard to prove its authenticity, consider me a believer.   But I never saw the under half of the shroud, which showed the back of Jesus, until last night at a friend’s house.  It was horrible to behold,  and I now believe, more than before, that this is no hoax or medieval attempt to fool the faithful.    The image of that back caused me to put my hand to my mouth in shock, and haunted...

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