Transparency in Relationship

In one of those pre-dawn periods of clarity preceding wakefulness, thought provided the perfect language, which didn’t quite follow me when I wrote it down a half-hour later in the kitchen downstairs, as Dad and Lady (the border collie who knows more than we do) also began the day. I...

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LOVE1st Facilities

“What’s going on at the church? I couldn’t find a place to park.” This might be a comment you’ve heard or even made over the last several months.  It’s a normal problem when the congregation members begin to live out the Love 1st concept.  Let’s take a look over our...

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In Stitches of Love

“And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them…” Acts 19:11-12 I recently received a prayer shawl – hand knitted by the ladies in our Knitting for...

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Stunt Doubles – Sam Hunter & Charlie Branch

Sam would say “No, we don’t look much alike…”   I’d told him that infrequently over the past five, now six, years while downtown, I’d been told “Excuse me, there’s somebody else downtown that looks like you.” The mystery was finally solved one morning several months ago when another of the...

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Focusing Love on a Range of Emotions

I’m elated! I’m sad. I’m worried. I’m a problem-solver. I’m prayerful. And, I’m feeling all of these feelings—probably many more—all at the same time! Did God mean for me to run this gamut of emotions? Hearing the carefree laughter and squeals of delight from the church gym brings me such...

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Gigily Love

Why do we measure out what we give Him when He gives us all things beyond measure? Aren’t all our interactions, simple and complex, just there to wiggle lose the stones​ in our heart​s​ – free us to be free in Christ? Free us to find God in a dreary...

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Sunshine in the Midst of Storms

My family and I became Idahoan’s just six months ago after moving to the area from Helena, Montana. Montana was where my husband and I were born and where we raised our children. Although we lived in Helena most of our married life, we knew that we would one day...

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Have a wonderful day!

The world today, at times, can seem like a cold place which can lead to a miserable attitude. There will always be enough injustice and irritation to keep us in the wilderness. Especially if we choose to complain, criticize, doubt, and rebel. However, life also offers plenty of people or...

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The Importance of Place

Our lives are organized around the concept of location and place. When meeting a person a series of introductory questions might include: “Where are you from?”, “Where do you live?”, “Where do you work?” Answers to those questions provide a better sense of identity so that we can deepen our...

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Examining the Mirror’s Reflection

It wasn’t the Facebook post itself that bothered me, it was the extreme response to it that riled me. The post read: “Amazing Calendar (2018): 1-1-18 Sunday 2-2-18 Sunday 3-3-18 Sunday 4-4-18 Sunday 5-5-18 Sunday…” And it concluded with, “Interesting…Share to everyone!” Well, my friend Sandy followed his instructions and...

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