A Place of Joy and Peace

At Luther Heights Bible Camp this season we ended our fall retreat season a bit early. On Labor Day we were asked to evacuate camp due to the Jakes Gulch fire. Thankfully, our guests were all off site when we received the phone call from the forest service and staff were heading out as well. I, much like many others, feel a sense of joy, renewal, and peace with Christ with moments experienced on the holy ground at Luther Heights in the exquisite…

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Perspective Changing and Changing Again

I pulled a tendon in my right ankle doing yard work. I stepped away from the bush I was trimming, and my foot got caught between the edge of a concrete landscaping border and the grass. That stepping away immediately changed my perspective. I knew something was wrong when I couldn’t put weight on the foot without pain and it was swollen. The tendon will heal if I keep weight off my foot for at least two weeks, so I am wearing an…

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Being a Blessing

For me, the most difficult thing about writing a devotion or a reflection is coming up with the topic. As soon as I turn in my writing and photo, my usual pattern is to determine the theme for the next TVPrays. Then I let the theme roll around in my mind before typing the first word.That didn’t happen this time. I sat quietly and tried to discern what might be a good topic. Nothing. I skimmed through several religious and devotional texts that…

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Streams of Glory on Dusty Trails

““But,” the LORD said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be…

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What Happened After Chicago…

I never thought I would be raising chickens, turkeys and sheep within 6 years of graduating from seminary. I think I maybe anticipated gardening at the most. During seminary in Chicago, there was a high emphasis on ministry in urban settings. It made sense at the time as we strove to practice building community where we lived. We were used to apartments squeezed too closely together dating back to the 1970s. We were used to restaurants and experiences closely located to our tiny…

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Games that Empower

With everything that is going on in the world right now, with Covid-19, politics, wars, and just day-to-day life, it is hard not to think of all the suffering, violence and stress that accompany these things. So having Learning Peace: A Camp for Kids this year was like a weight being lifted.I was tremendously excited to help with Peace Camp and to teach the kids and adults Play for Peace games. There were a lot of games that we played throughout the four…

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Reflection or Echo Chamber?

When I was around 13 years old, I remember a friend from church saying something like, “You might be the only bible someone ever reads.” We were talking about how we live out our faith and how we reflect our beliefs in the world through the way we live. It stayed with me. It didn’t necessarily inspire me to read the Bible daily, or memorize a bunch of verses, but it did inspire me to take what I learned and read and live…

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