Can the Holy Spirit Help Me Love Someone When I Don’t Feel Like It?

By Barbara Rainey | June 8, 2020 | 13 Comments

    Years ago we had neighbors with children about the ages of our middle kids. They didn’t come over to play very often, but when they did I insisted they play outside in the backyard. One of them seemed like an angry kid. This child used a few bad words, sometimes played rough, and found […]

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How Do I Become Friends with the Holy Spirit? Summer Blog Club Week 1

By Barbara Rainey | June 1, 2020 | 22 Comments

  Miraculous true stories of people led by God’s Spirit have been told for generations. Pastors, medical missionaries, and believing men and women manning mission outposts experienced intimate friendship with God. Reading about their adventures generations later called my heart to desire His Spirit’s work in me, too.  I went into full time mission work. […]

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Why Freedom Is Precious

By Barbara Rainey | May 25, 2020 | 1 Comment

  Today is Memorial Day. The calendar calls us to remember those who ignored fear to serve in the military to preserve our freedoms. Today it feels more real medically instead of militarily. We have two close family friends whose children volunteered to work in the Covid units in their cities. We prayed for them […]

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Celebrate a New, but Old, Holiday

By Barbara Rainey | May 18, 2020 | 3 Comments

  This Thursday, May 21, 2020, marks forty days since Resurrection Sunday, the day in the Bible when Jesus left the earth for heaven. But for most Christians, Ascension Day is uncelebrated, unnoticed, even unknown. We know the Easter story, but do we know the Ascension story?  For centuries too many have missed this critical event […]

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The Value of Women

By Elyse Fitzpatrick & Eric Schumacher | May 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

  In early May we think about our mothers. This year, with the load most mother’s carry being realized more clearly than ever as daycares, schools and even most grandparents are cancelled; perhaps we can see the value of women, of moms, of those women who have ‘mothered’ us as never before. I’m grateful for […]

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