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Since the release of the three Vision Stories books I have been wearing two storytelling hats. Along with stories I have written, I tell some of my own vision stories, and a number of favorites I have collected like Karen Steineke’s touching personal account here. Now I receive a different k…

As Christians, we pray to God at various times throughout the day. We pray in the morning when we get up. We pray before meals. We pray when we are dealing with troubles. We pray when we go to bed. We also pray in our worship services.

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“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

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Mary of Nazareth was an ordinary teenage girl in a day when most girls were married in their early teens. The dilemma she faced was not unlike that of unwed mothers in every age. What would she do? What would her parents say? What would her fiancé do? Would he stand by her? Would he denounce…

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Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18

Day after day, we meet people at school, at work, at church, at the grocery store, and elsewhere who we know. When we see them, our typical salutation or greeting goes something like this: “Hi! How are you?” They usually respond by saying, “I am fine. How are you?” Sometimes that is all we s…

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For the first time in her life Annie Templeton was dreading Thanksgiving. Annie loved Thanksgiving. It was her favorite holiday. Everyone would be gathering at Gran’s house, as they did every year, and that was the problem; everyone would be there. Annie would have to face her uncles and aun…

Walnut Hill Bible Church will sponsor a dinner theater production of “The Buzz in Bethlehem” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at Expeditions, E11844 Highway DL, Baraboo. The show continues at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15.

For the first time in her life Annie Templeton was dreading Thanksgiving. Annie loved Thanksgiving. It was her favorite holiday. Everyone would be gathering at Gran’s house, as they did every year, and that was the problem; everyone would be there. Annie would have to face her uncles and aun…

There are many ways we can thank and praise God. We can go to church and sing hymns and other songs. We can give our offerings in church. We can tell people about Jesus. We can even do nice things for other people. Everything we do as Christians can and should be done to thank and praise God…

It is not easy to leave this world. There are so many things that call us back: the people we love, our unfinished work, unfulfilled dreams, a comfortable old chair, a house filed with memories, the smell of fresh baked bread. What could heaven offer that is better?

We sometimes speak of those who gather in our churches on Sunday mornings as the “faithful.” No one I knew in my years of pastoring exemplified that more than Jay Murley of Blue River. Jay was one of the first persons I heard about when I was appointed to serve as student pastor there in 197…

“Doe a deer, a female deer…” is what I saw a few mornings ago when I opened the blinds on our patio doors. She was five feet away and staring at me with her big brown doe eyes. Then her adolescent fawn appeared, half grown, looking like an awkward chocolate lab, lurching along trying to keep…