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Pondering Easter

One of my earliest childhood memories is of wearing a colourful, brand new outfit to church on Easter Sunday. My sister and I received these pretty dresses and bonnets, hand-made by our mom, every Easter while we were little. We felt beautiful, happy and loved. This may not be a very spiritual memory and some

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Autism Awareness

Purple and Yellow and Blue, OH MY

Another Awareness Day? Mom, I need a yellow t-shirt. It is Cancer Awareness Day. Mom, I need a purple tee for tomorrow. Guess what day it is? Green Day. I may appear to be exaggerating but, nope, I am not. Somewhere, wearing a coloured tee became an awesome way to spread awareness of a current

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Life after Gastric Bypass

It’s more than 10 years ago now, on October 19, 2006, that I was in New York City having gastric bypass surgery. I’m not boasting, but remembering and being grateful for so many amazing blessings that I have experienced. At the time I tipped the scales at 310 pounds. Just to give some perspective― I

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Father, Let Me Dedicate

Father, let me dedicate This new year to Thee, In whatever worldly state Thou wilt have me be; Not from sorrow, pain, or care Would I ask that Thou shouldst spare; This alone shall be my prayer: Glorify Thy name. Thy great name! Thy great name! Let my life, O Lord, each day Glorify Thy

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Perhaps Christmas is more

Christmas decorations, parades, Santa at the mall, letters to the big guy, treats and candy, holiday concerts, Christmas music on the radio tons of Christmas movies and parties all season. All this goes on every year at this time. But let us not forget church, Advent readings, Christmas carols, pageants, food drives and toy drives.

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5 Ways for Dealing with Bitterness

There’s often a lot of pain and hurt behind the smiles in church lobbies and pews on Sunday mornings. If the things that haunt us were projected on a screen, we’d all be looking for a hole to crawl into. Maybe it’s lying or cheating on your income taxes. Perhaps it was a little thing,

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who is on the lords side

Who Is on the Lord’s Side?

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King? Who will be His helpers Other lives to bring? Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe? Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go? By Thy grand redemption, By Thy grace divine, We are on the Lord’s

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can Christ go Viral


Viral is a word heard so often. What do we see on social media that goes viral? A talking dog, someone’s funny misfortune caught on camera, stories of awesome good deeds. I see challenges such as “Love your spouse”, “a song from the 80s” and “proud to be a mom”. Let’s not forget the ever

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Linda Gilbert-Family

My Cancer Journey

December 3, 2015, is a day that I will never forget; it was the day I was told I had breast cancer. Now I am cancer free. When I reflect on this journey I can see the positives that came from fighting cancer and how God was with me every step of the way—God is

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Whether you are deciding to eat that day-old bread or what to talk about for a class presentation, life is full of decisions. I’m currently at the crossroads of several life-changing decisions. I need to decide if I will work at summer camp or stay home and keep my job. I have to decide whether

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You Are Better Than Anthing!

You are Better than Anything

When my granddaughter turned five, she received lots of wonderful gifts and cards from family and friends. But, one stood out. Her kindergarten friend, Maya, had insisted on making a card for Anna and writing her own special message in it: “To a special birthday girl. You are really my friend. You are better than

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I Remember When

I’m in my 80th year and am a retired Salvation Army officer/pastor. My wife and I served for 31 years in corps/churches, divisional and territorial appointments, and loved every minute of it. In moments of idleness, and there are many these days, I’ve been thinking of all the changes I have seen and experienced in

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