Where Are the Others?

By Barbara Rainey | October 20, 2017 | 3 Comments

Luke wrote the story of Jesus walking one day toward Jerusalem, hearing ten lepers shouting at him from a distance, “Master, have mercy on us!” Jesus instructed them simply but plainly “go and show yourselves to the priests.” As the men obeyed, walking toward the synagogues, they discovered they had been healed. Imagine their happiness, […]

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Breaking Bread in Their Homes

By Barbara Rainey | October 13, 2017 | 7 Comments

Living in a prosperous country is a blessing in many ways, but it has downsides. One of those downsides is entitlement, the attitude that says I deserve to always have all I’m accustomed to. Before Hurricane Irma hit Florida, a TV reporter asked a young mom with a baby on her hip what she feared […]

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30 Things We’re Thankful For

By Barbara Rainey | September 25, 2017 | 10 Comments

Does being thankful ever feel like a forced obligation or duty? From a young age, our parents prodded us (as you likely prod your children), “Say thank you.” We’ve been regularly instructed to express rote gratitude for our entire lives. But have we been taught to let our hearts respond with joy and thanksgiving for […]

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When It’s Hard To Be Thankful         

By Barbara Rainey | November 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

Thanksgiving is a week away and being thankful feels absolutely foreign for many of us. Images of happy families gathering is a reminder of what could have been or should have been. And it hurts. Pain is very real. I’ve been through seasons like that.  One in particular was spring and the season for graduation, […]

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