Does Grace Disrupt Your Misplaced Affections?

By Barbara Rainey | June 8, 2016 | 3 Comments

This summer much of the world will be watching the Olympics, cheering their favorite team or athlete from their home country. Worldwide spectators love the competition, the personal stories, the medal ceremonies. Most of all, though, we love the thrill of victory. Whether it’s the Super Bowl, the World Series, the World Cup, or just […]

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How Do I Know God Is Near?

By Barbara Rainey | May 25, 2016 | 10 Comments

Have you ever woken up and felt your senses dulled? Or maybe you’ve felt dead inside from deep anguish or loss? Sadly I have learned that I am hopelessly, until I leave this planet, tied to my emotions, to unseen environmental effects on my body and to subconscious thoughts. Recently over dinner, my husband shared a […]

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

By Barbara Rainey | January 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Barbara Rainey and Janel Breitenstein My (Janel’s) mom packed a sack lunch for me daily for nearly my entire school career. Thirteen years, three sisters, and my father… that’s a lot of lunches. Barbara’s mother, too, packed hers and her three brothers for a combined 20 plus years! My lunch contents varied throughout the […]

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The Branch

By Barbara Rainey | November 9, 2015 | 2 Comments

In the last three years I’ve explored deeply the many names of Jesus, over 300 according to some Bible scholars. It has been a wonderful discovery to see in each facet of His character, reflected in each name, a hint of deep mystery or a plain description of this One who gave His life for […]

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I Wish I Could FaceTime God

By Janel Breitenstein | August 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

Over here in twenty-first-century Africa, as long as my power is on and my internet is not having a grumpy day, I am still able to “phone home.” Mornings are out because of that pesky time zone issue. But when my day is done and I sit on my locally made furniture in my pajamas, […]

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