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Collateral Beauty and An Unprepared World January 13, 2017

*Spoiler warning. Minor plot twists revealed. December 16th was wet and cold in Portland. My parents and I trudged out into the dark streets to see the newest movie from New Line Cinema, Collateral Beauty.   For weeks before the movie premier I would cry when I watched the trailer. What touched me the most was the title. I’ve been on a journey trying to understand beauty (though that is a journey to discuss another day), and I thought the idea of…

Letters from Bettie, Entry 2 January 4, 2017

The following is an excerpt of a letter written by Bettie Mitchell to a leader in Africa in 1993: “The more I urge, the more they believe that this mission is permanent and that God has ordained it to be so. They are beginning to see this in the spiritual realm because everywhere your eye falls, human need cries out for education, wise counsel and deep permanent friendship in Christ Jesus. The religious systems have failed for they have just…

Newness of Life in Christ December 29, 2016

Reflections of the year that has just concluded float gently in my heart and mind. Many blessings flutter about, as butterflies in a garden. The challenges I faced are like railroad tracks laid down for the foundation for the journey ahead that God is preparing me for. I am learning to trust God even more, for my life and for those whom He will bless through me. It is new, exciting, and challenges me to grasp the confidence I have…

In the Spirit of Giving December 22, 2016

    Charles Dickens’ classic work A Christmas Carol outlines the need of human kindness and compassion for not only a hurting world, but the hurting human soul of Ebenezer Scrooge. The role of the Christmas spirits is to remind the wicked Scrooge that he is a part of a world that is much bigger than his individual concerns for wealth, or fear of inconvenience; and in fact, he is carrying a wounded soul destined for eternal calamity. The answer to…

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