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What You Said to Me on the Phone Last Year (and Why it Made Me Hopeful)

Remember when we spoke on the phone last year? Thanks for taking my call!

Don’t worry if you can’t remember. I do.

When the pandemic first hit, you explained to me how giving at your church had dipped significantly. But then you shared how members found ways to give, even though they couldn’t meet in person. Some simply mailed in their contributions, while others set up online giving accounts. I even heard about arrangements for a local bank to take offerings through the window at the drive-up teller!

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Giving Up The Coyote Life

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (John 6:27, NIV)

I saw it this morning, while walking my dog. An hour before daybreak, the shadowy figure of a coyote disappeared and re-appeared between the streetlights just ahead of us. After my dog let out a nervous huff, it stopped, turned to stare at us, and then kept trotting ahead.

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What It’s Really Like to Have It All

Know a person who “has it all”? Got a name? A face?

What else can be said about a person who only gets green lights and open doors? It seems they always have more followers, dollars and points than you.

Deep down, you don’t really believe any singular person has it all. So, why do we still let that person bug us?

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Friendships And Kingdom Service

If you want to catch the Ottens, you’d better call early in the morning. Each at the age of 90, Roger and Audrey are on the move every day.

Connecting and investing in the community is how the Ottens have spent their 67 years of married life together.

“We think it’s important,” states Rog.

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