byon September 26th, 2014 | 3 responses
Recently, our family took a trip to visit my parents in a distant state. Our two boys love their “Grams” and “Pa,” so they were excited to see their grandparents. They were also excited to miss a week of school, to travel by aircraft, and because we had tickets for all of the guys in the... read more »
finding joy in Jesus
byon September 6th, 2014 | 2 responses
We’ve all heard that God’s plans are more important than our own. And if you’re like me, you’ve nodded your head in agreement at the wisdom of those words. Yet when we encounter a situation in life where things don’t go according to our plans, we can often become devastated! John the... read more »
byon August 25th, 2014 | 3 responses
For the past 2 years, I’ve served in a church in the urban heart of a large city. It’s a difficult ministry that calls one to have deep compassion and an open heart for others—things that don’t come naturally to me. I often feel woefully unqualified and wonder how I can be the person of... read more »
a merry heart . . .
byon July 15th, 2014 | one response
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endure toward joy
byon July 8th, 2014 | 5 responses
When people become comatose, one of the many concerns is to keep their muscles from degenerating. Atrophy sets in quickly when there is no movement. On the other hand, most exercise trainers will tell you that muscle grows after it has been under stress. Strenuous exercise makes small tears in the... read more »
when . . . I will . . .
byon June 27th, 2014 | no responses
—submitted by Terry and Pat Lampel, US ... read more »
now unto Him . . .
byon June 24th, 2014 | no responses
—copy and design submitted by Terry and Pat Lampel, US ... read more »
hit the cymbals!
byon June 19th, 2014 | no responses
In an instructional video, Neil Percy, lead percussionist for the London Symphony Orchestra, demonstrates the proper technique for holding cymbals to generate the the loudest noise possible. He begins by holding the cymbals vertically just below his waist. He clashes them together while moving them... read more »
in the end . . .
byon May 31st, 2014 | no responses
“In the East End I found grace and faith and hope hidden in the darkest corners. I found tenderness and squalor and laughter amid filth. I found a purpose and a path, and I worked with a passion for the best reason of all—I did it for love.” This quote from an episode of the BBC TV series Call... read more »
shame and inheritance
byon May 28th, 2014 | 5 responses
In 2013, the Catholic Church in Venezuela reported that it was running out of wine to celebrate Mass because of a nationwide shortage. This reminds me of another shortage of wine that took place in the village of Cana where Jesus was attending a wedding. The wine supply ran out during the... read more »