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The Power of Verbally Expressing Gratitude

The Power of Verbally Expressing Gratitude

One morning, as I was moving clean plates and utensils back to their respective places in the cabinet, I found myself saying, “Thank you!” to each item. This made me think, “Oh, if I am showing my gratitude to them, then I should really take care of them!” I then...

The Obstacle Is the Way

The Obstacle Is the Way

"Whatever we face, we have a choice: Will we be blocked by obstacles, or will we advance through and over them?"- Ryan Holiday All of us face obstacles. Such obstacles can be physical (e.g. size or ability), mental (e.g. knowledge or experience), or emotional (e.g....

A Mother Is God’s Gift

A Mother Is God’s Gift

by Naomi MacMurdie “A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” —Tenneva Jordan  This Mother’s Day is the first time I get to celebrate as a mother myself with my own mom. I’m...

Melting Grudges

Melting Grudges

By John Mowris During World War II, my father was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps and my mother was in the Navy. My mother worked in the Washington D.C. office decoding Japanese messages. My father saw very brutal action in the Pacific during the fighting. He never...

Finding Forgiveness through God

Finding Forgiveness through God

By M.G. I recently attended a Sunday small group meeting. The theme of the discussion was, "Forgiveness." This topic reminded me of my past relationship with my father. It was the worst when I had turned 20 years old. My heart was full of resentment towards my father,...

Our Paths Lead to The Same Summit

Our Paths Lead to The Same Summit

There is a saying in Japan, “There are many paths to reach the top of Mount Fuji.” Many people have pursued greater meaning and purpose in life in search of God. I grew up in an inter-religious home --my father was a Buddhist and my mother was raised with both a...

Serving Together With God

Serving Together With God

By Mark Johnson Families or individuals who serve as a way of life usually do so due to the example that their parents, family members or mentors demonstrated early on. Education through example is the most powerful way to continue this way of life, the goal being to...

Putting Love into Action in the Community

Putting Love into Action in the Community

By Mike Yakawich My wife, Yukiko, and I have raised five children in Billings, MT. We had a wonderful journey living on the South Side where Yukiko and I started the ministry. It was a time of pioneering. We had to be creative, innovative and resourceful. Certainly,...

Grandma and Fevers

Grandma and Fevers

By T.J. Whenever my kids fall sick with a fever, I think about my paternal grandmother. In my life, I have only met her a handful of times but my few memories of her are filled with a sunny warmth and images of her small, cluttered house in Kyoto. When I first...

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