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There he was, sitting right in front of me, sharing why he plans to relocate to a different incarceration facility. It bothered him immensely that he witnessed a violent attack a few weeks ago where … more
Judas Iscariot is one of the most reviled characters in biblical history. Christians characterize him as the New Testament version of “Public Enemy No. 1.” He is so despised that nobody … more
Bob Goff is one of my favorite contemporary Christian writers. His meditation on grace begins with a dissertation about Peter Pan’s shadow. There is a scene in the Disney movie where Peter and … more
Enjoy these snapshots of articles written in past issues of the Nisqually Valley News from 45, 35, 25 and 15 years ago, respectively. A Look Back at This Week, 45 Years Ago: - The Yelm School … more
I read my friend Terry’s daily “Sabbath Moment” on a regular basis. One reading last week especially caught my attention. “Today invites savoring. Today gives birth to … more
For us in the Pacific Northwest the weather this Memorial Day Weekend will likely be one filled with fun outdoors, since the “mountain is out.” Many will share in barbecues, picnics, … more
It blew me away when a longtime lead pastor admitted outside his family he had led very few to Christ. He said he had done many more funerals than weddings, and less than a handful of baptisms. As it … more
Eulogies are always difficult to compose. How can a person’s entire life be shrunk into just a few paragraphs? You know what makes it even harder? When the person hasn’t lived a good … more
Enjoy these snapshots of articles written in past issues of the Nisqually Valley News from 45, 35, 25 and 15 years ago, respectively. A Look Back At This Week, 45 Years Ago: - The children of … more
Naturally aspirated automotive engines typically utilize a mechanical thermostat to regulate the temperature. Since lots of fuel explosions and friction occur in the operation of such motors, heat … more
We’ve watched a lot of documentaries since the pandemic started. Those that explore man-made disasters are especially upsetting. The oil spill in 2010 off the coast of Louisiana is one of … more
My friend Terry recently reminded me of this story: A greatly loved rabbi died. He had been revered by his congregation and there was great concern that a successor would be hard to find. After much … more
The concept of What Would Jesus Do is said to date back to a book by Thomas Kempis, originally entitled, “The Following of Christ,” written between 1418 and 1427. It would later be known as … more
People who study insects are predicting a huge swarm of cicadas will emerge from the ground in a few more weeks. This super hatch occurs every 17 years. They aren't sure exactly how many will … more
Some of us know what it’s like to experience the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one. We look back at our last visit with someone — the last memory with them that we didn’t know would be … more
For two weeks I have written about Jimmy, the prisoner who is supposed to move to our house when he is released from prison. He was scheduled to arrive this week, but that doesn’t seem likely. … more
As I mentioned last week, my Husband and I anticipate bringing an inmate into our home when he is released in the next couple weeks. We have initiated the arduous task of preparing our hearts, … more
My Husband and I are about to embark on an adventure that will require everything we have experienced and many years studying the heart of God. Because you are reading these words, I believe you … more
In an article entitled “2021 Ram 1500: Car and Driver 10 Best (November 18, 2020),” an unexpected line caught me so off-guard I really did laugh out loud. I test drove all the big truck … more
A couple weeks ago, my Husband and I drove to Oregon and delivered our friend Phil's ashes to his daughter. The last time we embarked on a similarly somber and sacred task was when we visited my … more
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