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What CAN you do?

Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Resources, Weekly Reflection | 0 comments

What CAN you do?

Paul Smith (1921-2007) dug deep to summon incredible gifts of creativity and perseverance. Born with severe cerebral palsy, he started making art at age 11 on an old typewriter. Steadying one hand with the other so he could use one finger to make one deliberate keystroke at a time, he typed symbols, such as # and @, using a black or colored ribbon. In this painstaking way, he “painted” stunningly detailed pictures. In a TV report from 2004 (search “Typewriter Artist” on YouTube), a friend says Smith found joy in being creative, and saw that...

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Laws or Love?

Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Weekly Reflection | 0 comments

Laws or Love?

Businessman John Barrier, unrecognizable in jeans and a T-shirt, cashed a check at his longtime bank. But the teller refused to validate his parking ticket, saying Barrier hadn’t made an official transaction. A manager agreed, saying rules were rules. Barrier then performed a major transaction: withdrawing $1 million and taking it elsewhere. He got his parking ticket validated after all. What a great illustration of the perils of legalism, when man-made laws become more important than people. Jesus repeatedly healed and...

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Commandment #11

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Resources, Weekly Reflection | 0 comments

Commandment #11

During the 17th century, an archbishop traveling through Scotland met theologian Samuel Rutherford but kept his identity secret. Rutherford invited the man to stay with him. When Mrs. Rutherford gathered the servants on Saturday to prepare for worship the next day, the guest joined in and was asked a basic question: “How many commandments are there?” When the guest replied “11,” Mrs. Rutherford said, “What a shame it is for you, a man with gray hairs, in a Christian country, not to know how many commandments there are!” The next morning, Rev....

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Fulfilling the Mission

Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Weekly Reflection | 0 comments

Fulfilling the Mission

Jim Elliot was one of five Christian missionaries killed in Ecuador in 1956 while trying to tell the Huaorani people about Jesus. Despite that tragedy, the mission didn’t end. Elliot’s widow, Elisabeth, later spent two years as a missionary to those same tribe members. She described returning to the jungle, now as the single parent of a 10-month-old baby: “You can imagine how tempted I was to just plunk myself down and say, ‘There’s no way I can do this.’ I wanted to sink into despair and helplessness. Then I remembered an old Saxon...

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Dying To See Jesus

Posted by on January 24, 2015 in Weekly Reflection | 0 comments

Dying To See Jesus

At age 20, George Ritchie fell gravely ill and was pronounced dead. Amazingly, he revived, convinced he’d had what some call a near-death experience. Ritchie’s return to physical health left him longing so deeply to experience the Holy again that he prayed to die. Some 15 months later, as an army medical technician, Ritchie became consumed with the care of a particular patient.  Then he had an epiphany, recounted in Return From Tomorrow (Chosen Books): “If I wanted to feel the nearness of Christ … I would have to find it in the people that He...

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