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Unsung April 6, 2017

As I was walking in my neighborhood the other day, it occurred to me that I was operating as an unsafe pedestrian. I was so lost in my thoughts and wonderings, reality as it was, escaped my notice.   This pre-occupied state began when I noticed a flower growing up through a crack in the sidewalk. Not an entirely improbable sight, but it got me to thinking. Here is this little plant, volunteering itself up through a small opening, far…

Forgiving From the Heart March 23, 2017

For most of us, there is much confusion and misunderstanding about the concept of forgiveness.  Undeniably, as followers of Jesus, we are admonished to forgive.  Check out the Lord’s Prayer and verses following in Matthew 6:9-15 and the story of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18: 21-35.  Verse 35 says that you must forgive “from your heart”.   There is a difference between forgiving from the heart and forgiving from the head.  Heart forgiveness begins with head forgiveness.  The decision…

GSM Bible Class: Building Intentional Community March 17, 2017

  Last Wednesday evening, Bettie Mitchell and her team of teachers finished their ten-week exploration of the New Testament. Each year, twenty to thirty people show up on these nights to experience more than just a class about the Bible – they come to experience the Bible in the context of a holy community.   What makes this class a community? The people, of course, but more so, the intention of the people. We can only build community intentionally. To…

GSM Burundi – Serving the Poorest of the Poor March 9, 2017

For many years, the GSM Country Leader of Burundi was Jeremie Ndayishimiye.  Several years ago Jeremie and family, his wife and six children moved to the United States and are now settled into life in Oregon.  Jeremie was recently elected to the International Board of Directors.   One of the most important tasks Jeremie undertook while still in Burundi was to raise and develop a staff who could carry on the work in his absence.  A lesson well learned by…

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