Category Archives: Messages

Finding the Lost Coin by Oscar Mmbali

…. ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin’ (Luke 15: 9) Our ministry in Belize, looks like the parable of the lost coin (Luke 15: 8-9). It is like a house with many things in it, and it … Continue reading

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Soaked in the Peace of Christ by Paul Blankenship

Christ the little girl Christ is a little girl locked in a basement cellar. Starving, she hasn’t eaten in weeks. Abandoned, she doesn’t know where her parents are. Someone—somehow, for some reason—is pumping a poisonous gas into her basement from … Continue reading

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The Cabin in the Forest by Paul Blankenship

Inside of you there is a forest. Passed the sycamore trees, the creeks, the night owls, and the crickets, there is a cabin. Your cabin sits under the sun and the moon and the other stars. It was built—and is … Continue reading

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves . . . by Deborah Suess

Text John 14:8-12 My father’s name was Martin Suess.  And while I always loved my dad, it took some growing up on my part to fully appreciate him. As a 12 year old, Daddy didn’t exactly match my image of … Continue reading

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The Will to Love and the Wind of Friendship by Paul Blankenship

I am a cosmic ball of emotional energy, sitting in the world of my mind, the world of my office, the world of homelessness, the world of academia.   There is excitement. In a few short hours, I will see … Continue reading

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You Feed Them by Gary Jewell

Matthew 14: 13-21  Some of us were raised with a whole host of very clear and explicit rules in our families; and for some of us the rules were a little less explicit.  I suspect most of the rules in … Continue reading

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Be Not Afraid by Walter Simon

PROLOGUE: “Most people are playing nice right now managing this virus, the wreckage, pain and anger it will leave behind requires solidarity and healing.”  New York Times, 4/20/2020 “. . . a Quaker is a friend who helps you find … Continue reading

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The Gift of Liminality by Leann Williams

I Kings 19:9b -12 In the forward to Kitchen Table Wisdom, a collection of stories written by Rachel Remen, M.D. from decades of practicing medicine, I found these words by Dean Ornish, M. D. “As a scientist, I live in … Continue reading

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Unmasked by Deborah Suess

Luke 24:13-35 My wonderful Aunt,  Bunny Gillin, lives at Friends Homes, a retirement community here in Greensboro.  When the plea went out a few weeks ago for homemade masks…. she got busy making masks for anyone in need. As her … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday feels more like Holy Saturday by Paul Blankenship

It doesn’t feel like Easter. Not to me, anyway. Not right now. Let me be honest. On Easter, Jesus emerged from the tomb. He put two feet on the ground. He took fresh air into his lungs. He gardened, I … Continue reading

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