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Thoughts From Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz

Dear Friends, Time and time again I feel drawn to send out 'thoughts' on prayer. That's because we can never know enough about it, or be reminded enough to engage in it. There are so many benefits that come to the person who will set aside the time to pray. Today's selection comes from a book by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz entitled: "God is in the Small Stuff - And It All Matters." It has to do with giving God time. Though I trust many (or most) of you already pray, there is still a place for going back to reconsider the basics. Enjoy. Giving God Time "Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act." Psalm 37:7 "If there is one thing we need in the midst of our busy, loud, and nervous lives, it's the inner peace and quiet and assurance that only God can give. It's the only way to see God's

Thoughts On Easter

Dear Friends, Although last week was Holy Week, or Easter Week, I did not send out a "thought" having to do with Easter last Tuesday. Nor did it have any relation to Maundy Thursday or Good Friday! Yet, this week, I will go against the grain of our culture (and the church calendar) and offer you some very insightful thoughts on Easter and Jesus' resurrection. It's a risk, I know, because we live in a culture that tends to "move on to the next thing" almost before the previous celebration has ended!   Instead of celebrating "The 12 days of Christmas" (which run from December 25 to January 6, the traditional day for celebrating the arrival of the wise men with their gifts) we pack the camels and wise men into our celebration of Christmas and tend to shift our attention to the soon coming celebration of New Year's. For some people this shift happens shortly after the presents have been opened and the family meal is finishe