LLM: January 2015

Identity Crisis Throughout my life, I’ve felt like I’ve had a different identity in different ...

All the Difference

I began a morning run outside in the dark. I am not talking about slightly dark, dusk or dark with streetlights along the way. We are talking pitch black. If it were not for my small, dim cell phone glow, I would not have been able to continue the run. The glow was small. But […]

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Life on the Beam

Watching my 4-year-old daughter’s first time balance beam experience only lacked popcorn and a comfy couch. For me, it even rivaled “Braveheart” due to the intense battles fought. Battle one began with fear-drenched words: “The beam is too high, too scary, and I can’t do it, Mom!” Battle two came after the 15 minutes of […]

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The New Outfit Identity

Last Christmas, I opened some trendy, yellow shoes from my sister-in-law. I was giddy with glee as I held a mini fashion show for the family in my parents’ living room. In examining them more closely, I noticed some scuffs around the side and asked if they were new. (My sister-in-law and I have an […]

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LLM: January 2015

Identity Crisis Throughout my life, I’ve felt like I’ve had a different identity in different settings. Growing up, I was known as the picky eater in my family. When I got married, my wife’s family referred to me as the guy who would eat anything. In some groups, I was labeled the funny guy. My […]

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Never Too Old

Before working with International Child Care Ministries, I was not a particularly child-focused person. Oh, my own two kids were my pride and joy, the sheer delight of my heart as a mother. Nate and Carrie amused and amazed me from the time they burst onto the scene for my husband, John, and me. I […]

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Not Witness Protection

A witness protection program is offered by the government in exchange for testimony that could convict a dangerous criminal. After testifying in the courtroom, the witness is given a new identity. The protected witness’s new identity includes a new name, Social Security number, birth certificate and place to live. Every effort is made to ensure […]

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Scarred and in Love

I saw a young girl with a scar on her face, and I winced. I knew she’d carry the scar through high school and employment interviews. I knew she’d always fight the first impression, always have to overcome the assumption of damage. I knew it would be hard for a lover to love her. Someone […]

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Bishop Emeritus Robert F. Andrews (1927–2014)

Bishop Emeritus Robert F. Andrews passed into eternity Nov. 11, 2014, following complications from a Nov. 9 surgical procedure. Robert Frederick “Bob” Andrews was born in Sedalia, Missouri, on Nov. 26, 1927. He was one of eight children born to Milton and Lydia Andrews. He attended Central Junior College (now Central Christian College of Kansas) in his […]

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Cultivate Health

As we learn together from the Word of God, encourage one another in faith and life, practice healthy accountabilities and serve together in the cause of Christ, we contribute to the health of each person and help keep them from falling away from love for God and others. These principles and practices will support and […]

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