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3 years ago

Purrrrseverance Pays!

May 23, 2015   |   Carolyn Kell

My parents were both avid readers and instilled that love in all their children. My earliest memories are of one parent or both reading to me from A Child’s Garden of Verses, Dr. Seuss, A.A. Milne and so many others. One of my favorite books featured a kitten who, throughout the book, would comment “purrrrseverance pays!” Read more »

3 years ago

Randy and God

May 23, 2015   |   Anne Corriston

I remember the first time I met Randy. He came by to pick up a bicycle that we were giving him to help him get to the various jobs he had. He was a small, slender man in his mid-fifties with a big smile and dimples. Being homeless off and on for 10 years had given him that look you see in people who live on the streets: hollow-eyed, thin, and in need of a long, hot bath. Read more »

3 years ago

Power of Prayer

May 23, 2015   |   Kathleen Webb

I believe in prayer. At a very young age, in my faith tradition, we learned memorized rote prayers. These prayers have always been a comfort for me. In my husband’s faith tradition, his prayers have no formal pattern. They are heartfelt and sincere, but never the same words. So different, yet still prayers. Read more »

3 years ago

It Is a Tough Job

May 23, 2015   |   Kathleen Webb

I was definitely surprised to read that 90% of pastors believe the ministry was completely different than what they expected after first starting their careers. 70% of surveyed pastors reported lower self- image now than when first starting their ministry. 40% of pastors said they have considered leaving their pastorates in the last three months. Weariness was also a challenge, with 70% feeling God called them to pastoral ministry before starting their careers, but after three years of ministry, only 50% still felt called to the work. Read more »

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