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Cabin fever

Winter in the north is hard on machinery and people. Winter stops being crisp really fast. Ice-cold things grind slowly if they grind at…

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Thanksgiving memoir

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of…

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Jesus feels your pain

Gerdi was invited to spend a weekend with her college friends, but she didn’t want to go. She had breast cancer, had lost all…

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You get the gold

In 2018, for the first time in 20 years, the U.S. women’s hockey team earned a gold medal. Now, I’m a sap for just…

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A father who broke the rules

I’m a rule keeper. A rule giver. That’s a confession more than a boast.  I reflect on the many rules I laid down for…

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Dear Dad

Dear Dad, I miss you every day. Your prayer rings in my ears: “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord” (Psalm 130:1)….

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A compassionate Father

There have been bad parents ever since sin grew roots in the Garden of Eden. Parents who get more pleasure from a private vice…

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The faces of Mom and Dad

Picture your parents in your mind’s eye. In all that you see, do you also envision the face of God superimposed over theirs? In…

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Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I miss you every day. Your motto rings in my ears: “Put on the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). I appreciate…

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Moms can do most things that Jesus can’t

Jesus ascended into heaven. He’s no longer physically here, but seated at the right hand of the Father, he is ruling all things with…

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When you’ve been hacked

On Facebook it’s easy to tell when your friend’s account has been hacked. You go from seeing family photos and funny stories to being…

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The Holy Spirit is predictive text

It’s a little creepy, but my work email knows what I want to type before I even type it. With predictive typing, I start…