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The worst advice I've given today
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  Considering it is only 7:38am as I begin to write, it is hard to believe that I have already handed out some bad advice. Unfortunately, it is true! On Thursday mornings I meet with a few friends for breakfast and fellowship. At the end of our time today, we shook hands and...

I Surrender all
Posted by Andy Voelker on

As I read through my devotion this morning I was struck by the simple nature of the short devotion and at the same time the huge challenge within the few short sentences. Author, E. M. Bounds titled this devotion “Wholeness Through Prayer.” The simple message was that the...

Back to the Future
Posted by Andy Voelker on

Joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness is liking the present moment because it pleases us. But joy is much deeper and more long-range. Joy appreciates the past, the present, and the future, not because the circumstances are pleasing, but because the heart is right with God.

Posted by Andy Voelker on

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, rain is a normal part of your life. This is why people joke that the Washington  state motto is: “Rain? What rain?” and why people claim: "We don't tan in the northwest, we rust!"  The past several months have been some of the wettest...

A Church Is Born
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  Donald Barnhouse tells the story of driving with a friend and being asked to share the details of his favorite symphony. He thought to himself, "How silly it would be to try and convey the beauty and complexity of Brahms though mere words or by whistling as I...