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Facing The Impossible?

January 2009
By: Mark Hiehle
It seems impossible... how can it be done? A small voice even tries to suggest that what is asked is more than unfair to even expect. Yet, the challenge is unavoidable and the assignment is center stage. "Oh Lord, what do we do now?" Have you ever contemplated those thoughts as you face a chall...
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Call in the Reinforcements

January 2009
By: Shauna Amick
Pressure involves being backed into somebody else's corner. Some of those tight spots feel worse than others, yet they all have a few things in common. They're uncomfortable. We might reluctantly give in, or we may be forced to temporarily give up. Either way, pressure can be overpowering. Whethe...
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Love Sick... An Ailment of the Heart

January 2009
By: Carol Van Atta
Remember as a young teenager that feeling of despair when your first boyfriend 'pulled the plug' on your infatuation? Those daily phone calls, love-notes, and stolen glances behind your teacher's back screeched to a sudden halt, leaving your heart wounded and seemingly beyond repair. The agony, the ...
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Valentine's Day

January 2009
By: Debby Lee
usually means heart-shaped love notes, candy in rosy pink cellophane boxes, and sappy love songs. Many sweethearts spend the day celebrating that mushy feeling and commemorating love. I was one of them until February 14, 1994, changed all that. A jangling phone at 8 a.m. brings me out of a deep s...
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CENTERBOARD: Keep On Keeping On

January 2009
By: Tom Lothamer
In the Fall 2008 ATC Centerboard article, I focused on the subject of prayer as being a key ingredient in our walk with the Lord and the pursuit of successful board governance. Recently I came across this study note from the Life Application Bible (Mark 9:29) that really spoke to my heart: Prayer...
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AT THE RURAL CENTER: Lord, What Is My Motive?

October 2008
By: Dinah Monahan
When you are in a position of leadership, you learn one thing quickly. You become a target. People don't like your decisions; they take offense because you didn't say something quite right, or they just snipe at you. It is sad, but it is human nature. It is not that leaders should be considered a...
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Sweater of Love

October 2008
By: Amy Michelle Wiley
Dear Sweetheart, I picked out a little pink sweater for you today. It has lace around the throat and sleeves. If only I could see you in it right now, all dolled up. I stood there in the store and got lost in thought for a while. I could picture you running around, playing with the stuffed bunnie...
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Glorious Release

October 2008
By: Pamela Raynor
Recently, I sat in a pastor's office hoping to gain permission to hold our CPC's next post-abortion Bible study in one of the church's classrooms. Just a few days before, I had the privilege of co-facilitating the study for a second time—and the third would begin in a few weeks. I briefly shar...
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