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The Diaper

By Jerry Stephens   |  March 25, 2016

From that day forward, I did whatever I had to do to avoid any semblance of shame. I lied, hid, blustered, diverted attention. Whatever it took. It rarely worked. My efforts only made me feel more ashamed. I had never been an extrovert, but now I retreated deeper into my shell.

The Beautiful Lamenter

By Dan MacKinnon   |  March 17, 2015

Cathy was 41 when she died of cancer, leaving behind her husband and three boys - aged 17, 7 and 5. She was originally diagnosed almost three years ago...

The Gift of Spiritual Guidance

By Robert Woodcock   |  February 24, 2014

God gives his children directions, but not a GPS. A compass sometimes, but rarely a map. But more important than any of these navigation tools, God gives us a blessing for the journey, and a promise of the Spirit’s guidance.

Blessing in a Bathroom Sink

By Bonnie Nietz   |  January 29, 2014

"Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits," my dad used to say now and then. It is probably a quote from the Pogo comic strip...

It Is Finished

By Jeff Franks   |  January 1, 2014

Do you have unfinished tasks around the house? My wife could attest to the fact that I am notorious for doing 85% of a job and leaving the last 15% percent unfinished.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth

By Marcia Moskal   |  December 22, 2013

JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH - A SAVIOR - THE MESSIAH - THE LORD "I am bringing you good news of great joy which will be for all the people...

The Truest Meaning of Christmas

By Jerry Stephens   |  December 2, 2013

Of all the “true meanings of Christmas,” this is perhaps the truest. When I was a boy, my relatively non-religious family had a Christmas Eve tradition.

Come Away with Me

By Dan MacKinnon   |  November 4, 2013

As one of the members of our church heads off to a Come Away With Me Retreat, I find myself a little envious and reminiscent of my own retreat where the Lord met me with healing.

Humility and Honor

By Jeff Franks   |  October 22, 2013

When I was a kid I remember a song by the singer Mac Davis. I couldn't tell you any other song by him, but I remember this one...

Compassion

By Jeff Franks   |  October 3, 2013

A few weeks ago marked the 17th anniversary of the death of Henri Nouwen. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of his book Compassion.

Paul: A Life Transformed

By Jeff Franks   |  August 29, 2013

I had the opportunity to preach at a church recently and was asked to speak on the topic of the apostle Paul's journey with Jesus. Paul's life is such a great example of the power that experiences have in bringing change and growth in our lives

Be Careful...

By Christian Just   |  August 14, 2013

In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus sets out the nature of greed. Like all sin, it turns us inward, shutting us off from God and others.

The Happy Face is Broken

By Dan MacKinnon   |  August 6, 2013

Churches are filled with imperfect people just like hospitals. Sometimes we misdiagnose and make people sicker. Sometimes our bedside manner leaves something to be desired. Sometimes the waiting room is too full and care is not delivered in a timely manner, or the delivery room is unstaffed.

Psalm 139

By Christian Just   |  July 29, 2013

God knows you — which means God knows your hurts, your worries, your feelings, your concerns, your joys, your successes, your victories, your sins, your failures, your lusts, your vices, your securities and insecurities — and loves you through them all.

Provision

By Bonnie Nietz   |  July 15, 2013

Thunder again? There had been a whole string of rainy days, and we were getting used to hearing thunder. I love to experience storms - to drink in the smell of the rain and see the wonder and majesty of wind and lightning...

Golf and Marriage

By Dan MacKinnon   |  June 10, 2013

Now that winter seems to finally be over (I hope) and the temperature’s warming up, it’s a time when a man’s heart turns to romance…and golf, not necessarily in that order. So, I thought maybe the game of golf might be able to provide some insight into marriage.

Love Unmasked

By Dan MacKinnon   |  May 28, 2013

“I am loved!” Such simple words yet so difficult for so many to experience in their hearts. Oh, we may acknowledge with our heads that we are loved but often our hearts find it hard to accept as real.

The "Shoulds"

By Jeff Franks   |  May 21, 2013

Should. I think this has become one of my least favorite words in the English language. “You should do this.” “You shouldn’t do that.”

Not Just Any Sabbath

By Chris Cahill   |  May 9, 2013

Luke 6:6-11: On another Sabbath [Jesus] went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.

Celebrated

By Bonnie Nietz   |  April 29, 2013

She played with tiny pebbles by a stream as the sun glinted through the vibrant green tropical canopy. She had been there before when the river roared after heavy winter rains, but today the water whispered.

Paul Says in Colossians 3...

By Liz Honeyford   |  April 15, 2013

Paul says in Colossians 3:15 "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state]...

Peace from God

By Marcia Moskal   |  April 8, 2013

John 20:10-18 Jesus's tomb is empty. Mary Magdalene is in grief ("loud wailing" denoted by the Greek), desperate to find Jesus, her Lord.

The passion through three "voices"

By Jeff Franks   |  March 30, 2013

In remembrance of our Lord's death and resurrection, I've laid out a survey of scriptures that tell of the passion of Jesus. Each text color represents a "voice" from the scriptures:

Hope in the Resurrection

March 20, 2013

Jesus is our hope. “He has risen! He is not here”.

I sure hope so...

March 4, 2013

Throughout February our devotional theme will be hope. This week Dr. Christian Just shares a few thoughts on the subject. Dr. Just is a faithful friend of HCM International...

Three Phrases

By Jeff Franks   |  February 24, 2013

As we deal with fear in our lives, we can look to these three phrases for encouragement and to seek the Lord's presence.

My Little Jar of Manna (Part 3 of 3)

By Jeff Franks   |  February 18, 2013

Two weeks ago we started a series of three devotionals around the phrase “all behavior has meaning.” We’re focusing on why care receivers (and us too!) can continue to choose dysfunctional behaviors, especially when those behaviors leave us scratching our heads.

My Little Jar of Manna (part 2 of 3)

By Jeff Franks   |  February 11, 2013

Last week we started a series of three devotionals around the phrase "all behavior has meaning." We're focusing on why care receivers (and us too!) can continue to choose dysfunctional behaviors, especially when...

My Little Jar of Manna (part 1)

By Jeff Franks   |  February 4, 2013

As caregivers, we may find ourselves sitting across the room from a care receiver with some bizarre dysfunctional behaviors.

An Unlikely Teacher

By Jeff Franks   |  November 5, 2012

King David’s life is surrounded by pictures of God’s grace and passion for His people. In 2 Samuel 14, though, David gets a lesson about God’s grace from a very unlikely source, and it is a message that’s just as powerful today...

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