November 2015 Final Issue
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Hearing God

Encountering the Messiah

I’m captivated by the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Her story can be told in one word: shame. In fact, even today in a society where “everything goes” the dirty details of her life would make her ...

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Named by The Gardener

On a recent visit to a small town in North Carolina, I went for my usual morning run. My run took me through the historical part of town: cobblestone sidewalks, trees that are at least 200 hundred years old, and ...

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Setting the Table for Prayer

Our church, Third Reformed Church of Pella, Iowa, has known many thresholds in the nearly 150 years since its beginnings in this small town. Throughout those years, people have been invited to pray in classrooms, in the church basement, in ...

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Does God Still Speak?

It was a busy Sunday morning and I had just announced to a room packed full of teenagers that the mission trip was filled to capacity. A few minutes later, I was approached by Johnny, (a senior from a local ...

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Lessons From the Beach

It was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and my family had gotten up early to see the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. The beach we were on was only accessible by bike or hike so there were very ...

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