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July 2018

Your Twenty Loaves

After the Korean War ended in 1953, South Korea was left with a large number of children who had been orphaned by the war. Relief agencies came in to deal with all the problems that arose, especially with having so many children in the orphanages. Even though the children had three meals a day provided for them, they were restless and anxious at night and had difficulty sleeping. As they talked to the children, they soon discovered that the children had great anxiety about whether they would...

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Jesus is Our Compassionate Shepherd

I don’t know why I was so surprised, but I was. A month ago I was at Theda Care in Neenah visiting someone. As I was on my way out, I passed a male medical staffer in the hallway. I’m not sure if he was a doctor, a nurse, a surgeon, or what, but he was wearing his blue scrubs. The part I found so strange was his face was buried in his hands. He was crying, sobbing really. He was clearly overcome with grief and sadness, likely carrying the grief and burden of a patient. I...

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Aim to Be an Amos

For the past two weeks, the entire world swiveled its head toward Thailand and this past Tuesday, the world gave a collective sigh of relief.  Twelve soccer players and their coach all safe.  While we don’t want to forget the volunteer diver who lost his life in the process, we thank God for guiding the strategy and the execution of this rather risky plan as there seemed to be no alternative way to free the trapped team. You ever feel trapped?  Ever feel like you...

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Jesus is Amazing

So what word stuck out at you during the Gospel reading for today?  Amazing.  Kind of the key word of this section.  So that sent me chasing the rabbit of what people find “amazing.”  I came across a YouTube channel called “That’s Amazing.”  Two Wisconsin kids who can do all these trick shots – whether it’s with a paper airplane, frisbee, darts, flicking a bottle cap or flipping bottle itself, kind of like we tried to do with...

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Your Story Matters to Jesus

If you’re familiar with social media, then you might know that Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook all have features called your “Story.” This is a little different than making a normal social media post in at least two ways. Firstly, you can make the picture you post look really goofy. For example, you can make lasers come out of your cat’s eyes. Secondly, after 24 hours, your picture disappears from the internet. No one can see it. I’m not entirely sure why it...

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