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Ringing Bells for the Salvation Army; The Cry of the Poor?

I first rang the bells for the Salvation Army in eastern Nebraska as a new professional, just out of college. I had become a member of the local Salvation Army board, and I was excited to have an opportunity to get out into the field and bring in dollars via the organization’s primary fundraising source –  … Continue reading

Who will be the one to show kindness?

One thing I’ve learned as I journey through life with less focus on myself and more focus on God and others is that we need to give each other a break. Last night my family was out for dinner, and our waitress, old enough to be my grandmother, was clearly frazzled from the get-go. It took … Continue reading

… to look after orphans

So as I type I have three peacefully sleeping children giving me an opportunity for an afternoon quiet time. A fourth is playing quietly in his room, and two more are in the backyard, home early from their last day of school. The sleeping ones aren’t mine – I didn’t give birth to them – … Continue reading

No rapture today, but there will be a day – see you there?

It’s been a fun couple of days for millions who have taken this opportunity to mock the idea of a rapture and what God’s word has to say about the second coming of Christ. As a Christian, I hesitate to snicker at anything that mocks the word of my Creator, Savior and Coming King, and … Continue reading

God means for all His babies

It’s been 17 years, but I remember the difficulty of being a pregnant teenager just like it was yesterday. I no longer could relate to my peers. My sin and shame stuck out like a pregnant belly. I was awkward everywhere I went. People stared. People looked away. They judged. There were moments I just wanted … Continue reading

How are you two still together? The mission field of marriage

About 20 years ago, I started going out with this super cute boy. He had the most wonderful blue eyes and he paid lots of attention to me. He called me his angel. We spent hours and hours together – every possible waking moment – and when we weren’t together, we were on the phone. … Continue reading

When I was hungry …

I met a transient couple named Justine and Wayne sitting outside of a downtown hotel today.  This wasn’t the first time I’d seen them, but it was the first time I’d stopped to talk. Yesterday, they had been sitting alongside the on ramp for the interstate with their dogs, holding up a sign and asking … Continue reading

Will you be watching The Passion of the Christ?

  As I considered appropriate, meaningful ways to reflect on Jesus’ death today, Good Friday, one of the first things that came to mind was to watch the well-known Mel Gibson movie, The Passion of the Christ. I remember when the movie first came out in 2004, theater-goers flocked to the film, and everyone I … Continue reading

Would you stop?

Last night my 16-year-old daughter, Jennie, called me to tell me she and her friend, Jacob, had stopped to help a woman who ran out of gas just outside of town. This woman’s 13-year-old son was walking back toward town, along with the woman’s boyfriend, and they had gone to look for them and give them a ride. … Continue reading

You’re richer than you know; we must help the poor

  I can still remember the day that a global consciousness moved from somewhere in the back of my mind to the forefront. I was leading a women’s small group through Nina Roesner’s book, the Respect Dare (www.therespectdare.com). If you’ve heard of the Love Dare, the Respect Dare is a similar concept geared at showing … Continue reading