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Stuck in a Rut

By Andrea Johnson Some people, recalling an idyllic upbringing, would love to relive their childhood years. My childhood wasn’t horrible, but I would not want to go back for all the anti-aging creams in...
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Keep It Up!

When raising our youngest two children, I found myself second-guessing my every decision. I felt as if someone were watching my every move, questioning my motives. Their first mom, Kristi, had passed away when...
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Too Much Info

I am frustrated by the lack of objectivity in news reporting. Seldom does a national news team “report” the news without slanting it or commenting on it. Not only do they decide which news deserves a...
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Where Were You?

Our church had fasted and prayed for a gentleman who had nearly died from Crohn’s disease and rejoiced when his health improved. But then a young mom in our church was diagnosed with cancer. Many had fasted...
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Which is Lawful?

My husband and I are blessed with five grandchildren (so far). The youngest are identical twin boys, age two. They are way too much fun – for my husband and me, anyway. They are just learning to talk,...
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The Next Step

It was wintry and gray the day I visited Open Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa, as a high school senior. I arrived late afternoon so most of the students were away from campus at jobs and other...
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Feeling Left Out?

One of my childhood nicknames was Little Orphan Annie because my parents were always leaving me behind. (They claimed it was by accident....) Once, when I was around three years of age, I was following...
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Are We Devolving?

Had I really just said that!? Some friends were telling me about the marriage “woes” of a young couple very dear to our family. “I hope they get this worked out,” I jokingly said. “But if they...
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Don and Ruth Bryan are presented with a Star Quilt, one of the greatest honors Siouxan peoples confer on ones they esteem. (Left to right): Don and Ruth Bryan, Les Potts, and Russell...
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Do You Believe?

I was learning to drive when, on a trip with my mom one evening, we pulled onto an old highway with curbs flanking both sides of the road and narrow lanes. I wasn’t that confident at staying in between...
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Scarred For Life

If you ever meet K. C. Kopaska you will not forget him. At age 17, over 60 percent of his body was burned after the driver of the Jeep he was riding in lost control. The Jeep careened into a ditch and...
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What Can You Do?

Frank W. SmithPastor, General Chairman of OBC (1938-1947)I didn’t have the privilege of sitting under the ministry of Frank W. Smith, a man of legendary status in Open Bible, but I’ve heard stories of his...
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MVP Impacting Eight Mile Road

The infamous Eight Mile Road, made famous by rapper Eminem, separates Detroit, Michigan, from the suburbs and serves as a separation of peoples and cultures – a rift so to speak. Pastor Frank and Renita...
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Become One of the MVP Greats

2 Samuel 23 lists in detail David’s mighty men, valiant warriors who helped build his kingdom. When your church’s history is written, would you like to be considered one of the “greats” who...
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Daddy’s Girl

Deborah Quamina is definitely a “Daddy’s girl,” and describes her mom as “the best!” One might expect that, knowing Debbie’s parents were pastors and missionaries. What you might not expect is...
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No Matter What!

I am attempting to memorize the book of Revelation. At the rate I’m going it will take me until the end of my lifetime or longer, but the book has always intrigued me; mainly because I don’t understand...
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In All Things?

Our church fasted and prayed for one of our own. Kristi was a young mom battling aggressive breast cancer, which had spread to her bones. Her husband, Denny, watched helplessly as his once outgoing, bubbly...
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Doomed Forever

A 13-year-old girl crouches in a dark corner on the dusty floor – hair dirty and tangled, eyes hollow and lifeless. The scent of a hundred men clings to her small frame. The look on her face: not...
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Treasures of the Heart

As we “blended” our two families, my husband and I had to compromise when it came to traditions, as do most families. “My” two, Phil and Leslee, and I had always looked forward to bundling up to...