Written by Pat Ashcraft Barbara was the youngest of four children. Born in the early 1920’s, she lived through the depression. When she was seven, her mother died and she was raised by her dad and grandmother. [...]
I’ve been told that I’m lacking in the laughter factor; that I take life to seriously. When my daughter suggested that I knit vests for their six chickens for Christmas, I thought, “Ok, that’s funny.” I imagine[...]
Have you ever thought about how you treat people when you enter your church on Sunday? Do you enter your bank or grocery store and treat others the same way? How about your friends and family? Philippians 2:4 ([...]
Enough! How much pain should I endure at the hands of those I love? That’s been my heart’s cry recently. With each infraction, I struggle to forgive, find hope and keep on loving. But when is it enough? Is it o[...]
Nearly every week when I zip together my personal laundry bag, I thank the Lord for the lesson He taught me from that zipper. That zipper is an old metal one, in good condition, but as contrary as they come. Fo[...]
For those who are struggling to be thankful this year because of the election results, I just want to share a thought. I understand the concerns of those who feel certain groups who tend to be marginalized will[...]
An incident when I was 15 years old triggered one of my deepest crises of faith. My family went to visit “Aunt Bertha,” a beloved missionary friend who had served in Argentina for many years. She was one of my [...]
I couldn’t get out of bed, not even to walk eight feet into the bathroom. If my feet touched the floor, my plans would be ruined. I had asked God to wake me up at 5 a.m. because I couldn’t use an alarm. I had a[...]
Jay Bell, who for many years led the Internationals USA program, continues to take a look at immigration from a biblical perspective. He currently serves as mobilization pastor at the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace B[...]
It’s no secret that the United States is changing ethnically. Whether it is because people come on their own to seek a better life or are moved for political reasons, many of our communities have taken on[...]
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