When Was the Last Time You Were All In?

“All In” Sermon Preached at Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MD Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 I don’t know about you but I’m not the kind of person who enjoys taking BIG risks. I like to make measured decisions with the risks carefully analyzed and put into a larger perspective. I’m the kind of person who likes
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When Life Happens

Life. It is always happening. Sometimes it’s great. Other times it is not. And today I am wondering about existing when things aren’t well. How do you go on when we are very aware that life’s broken edges cracked parts of you that might never be repaired? How do you keep breathing when everything in
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Learning Peace: Day 2- Beth Dotson

Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” John 14: 27  I have waited with many who are waiting to have children.  Often this path is not full of
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Love That Groans: Day 3- Elizabeth Hagan

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” II Corinthians 4:1 I have been in labor for almost five years. There have been ultrasounds. There has been blood work. There has been pain: both physical and emotional. I feel called to motherhood. It’s as strong as the calling I
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Teachers in the Philippines

There’s been a lot of talk the past couple of weeks about the Philippines, hasn’t there? From the devastating earthquake a few weeks ago to this past weekend’s destructive typhoon, it seems that the people of these islands are not getting a break. They’ve faced so many trials. It’s been almost too much to watch!
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Don’t Stop Dreaming

God’s Dreams for Us Genesis 28: 10-19, Ephesians 2:14-21 Watonga Indian Baptist Church Watonga, OK Have you ever found yourself in a position where you were confused, without direction or without prospects on the horizon for a better future? Maybe such was a time in your life when you lost a job, fell into a
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Abundant Life

Jesus says to his disciples: “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). It’s one of those scripture passages that I’ve had in my head for years thanks to all that time spent in church. It’s one of those scriptures that prosperity gospel types like to quote when
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Who Is Really Poor?

As I’ve been back in the US this week and have been processing the trip Kevin and I shared to Malawi and Kenya last week, one of the questions/ comments I’ve heard a lot is: “Aren’t you so glad to be back? I’m sure the poverty was heartbreaking over there. You must be so relieved
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How Are We Going to Meet These Needs?

Today, our delegation toured, observed, and participated in the work of Feed the Children Kenya in the Maparasha, a remote village community of the Masai tribe. We saw a water sanitation project in action as women and children gathered water from a clean well instead of walking 5 km up a hill to a remote
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