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Stirred to Volunteer

“Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab  and every skilled person in whom the Lord had put skill —everyone whose heart stirred him to volunteer to do the work,”  (Exodus 36:2, NET) In November 2021, when we arrived at our project at Riverbend Retreat, we were presented with a 10’x20’ concrete slab and asked to build a…
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He Will Be With You

“The Lord is indeed going before you—he will be with you;  he will not fail you or abandon you.  Do not be afraid or discouraged!”  (Deuteronomy 31:8, NET) The verse above has become one of our “go-to” verses. When Moses commissioned Joshua to take his place as the leader of the people of Israel, he…
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Miracle on Ice

Dateline: Winter, 1980; Idaho Falls, ID.  Bruce was in the middle of a plant shutdown. Working for Westinghouse at the Naval Reactors Facility and the A1W prototype for the USS Enterprise was in a scheduled maintenance period. He and his engineers were at the site providing technical support. Two thousand four hundred miles away at…
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Our Source of Energy

“He gives strength to those who are tired;  to the ones who lack power,  he gives renewed energy.”  (Isaiah 40:29, NET) Isaiah’s readers were tired and discouraged captives in Babylon. He wrote to encourage them and reminded them that “…The Lord is an eternal God, the creator of the whole earth. He does not get…
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I Will … Protect You

“…Go to whomever I send you and say whatever I tell you.  Do not be afraid of those to whom I send you,  for I will be with you to protect you,” says the Lord.”  (Jeremiah 1:7–8, NET) Before the prophet Jeremiah was even born he had been chosen by God to spread the Lord’s…
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Serving and Living on a Land Schooner

“Some traveled on the sea in ships,and carried cargo over the vast waters.They witnessed the acts of the Lord,his amazing feats on the deep water.”(Psalm 107:23–24, NET) About 15 miles from shore you can see the cargo ship (above) headed west on Lake Ontario. This is an ocean-going vessel. We often refer to our home-on-wheels…
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Keeping Our Eye on Jesus

“… Peter … walked on the water, and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind he became afraid. …”  (Matthew 14:29–30, NET) In Matthew’s account when Peter got out of the boat in the middle of the storm to walk toward Jesus all went well at first. Then Peter took his eyes…
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WWDWWD

“… Let your light shine before people,  so that they can see your good deeds  and give honor to your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16, NET) At the Heartland Conference Retreat Center, “Oakwood,” is the name of the main building that houses the dining room, conference rooms, offices, etc. As you leave Oakwood, these words…
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Preparation

“… by fitting your feet with the preparation  that comes from the good news of peace,”  (Ephesians 6:15, NET) It’s the beginning of air conditioning (A/C) season and our A/C’s are even now working to keep our home comfortable in this summer’s high temperatures and humidity. To make sure the units are ready to go,…
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I Will Follow You, But …

“Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord,but first let me say goodbye to my family.””(Luke 9:61, NET) Last fall, as we thought and prayed about where in the USA we were to serve, the thought kept coming back to us that we should take the time to visit and work at a few ministries…
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