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Put Down the Red Pen

  I am excited and proud to feature my cousin, Ben Windoffer, as guest blogger for May. Ben inspires me in many ways – his heart for God and family, his optimism, faith and can-do spirit. He has experienced challenges and hardships (you can read more by clicking the Share Your Story tab, Ben and Brenda) and he never gives up. Ben is Pastor of Church Communications and Media for First Church of the Nazarene in New Albany, Ohio. He…

No Class Required

“Where is my faith? –even deep down, right in, there is nothing but emptiness and darkness – My God – how painful is this unknown pain. It pains without ceasing – I have no faith. I dare not utter the words and thoughts that crowd in my heart and make me suffer untold agony. So many unanswered questions live within me – I am afraid to uncover them – because of the blasphemy – if there be God, please forgive…

Dear Church

“You can be sure, the Holy Spirit never enters a man and lets him live like the world.” A.W. Tozer   Dear church of Jesus Christ, church I love, I’m conflicted. I read my Bible and something doesn’t add up. We spend millions on facilities and hundreds on humanity. And my life looks the same. The least get leftovers as I fund my American lifestyle while people around me say it’s okay. Because I tithe. And with every pair of…

Jesus Calls Me to Cannonball!

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward -  just take the next step.” --unknown   The Healing at the Pool Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, “Do you want to get…

Stain Glass Masquerade

Nothing makes me lonelier than pasting on a smile and acting like everything’s fine when I’m falling apart. Of course, nothing’s worse than running into someone, asking how they are and twenty minutes later wondering what happened as they throw up drama all over you. (wish I wore a raincoat) So what are we to do? I deeply desire authentic connection and doing life with people I can be real with. People who see the good, the bad, the ugly…