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Trail Prepared by God

Trail Prepared by God

By Mark Sano In November, my family went hiking with 3 other families in western WA area. The hike took place during a rainy season when it rained so much that there were flood warnings for many areas near rivers. The night before the hike, I learned that a bridge in...

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...

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) I remember vaguely hearing that the 12 Days of Christmas was a hidden code for Christian teachings. Like most people, I didn’t know the specifics and I decided to take a little time out to learn what it meant. Good old YouTube had a crash...

We Hold These Truths

We Hold These Truths

By Alan Inman There are many who question God’s involvement in the founding of America. There are also those who assert that every country is equally founded by God or not. What makes America so different or special? Below are my thoughts on God’s hand working through...

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

By Keith MacMurdie  The attitude of gratitude or the state of being grateful in all circumstances is an important component in our life of faith and essential for personal growth. Without gratitude, it is difficult to develop an honest relationship with God. Gratitude...

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