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Jun
2010
Bernie Powell
  June is the month of weddings. So for many readers, it’s also a month of anniversaries. All this reminds me of my 40th wedding anniversary that comes up somewhat later this summer. Hallelujah! Forty down and forty to go!   Then suddenly it dawns on me: I am in a whole decade of major anniversaries. Last year, the fortieth anniversary of entering full-time ministry, as well as the fortieth for our first date. In the next few years there will be my fiftieth spiritual... + read more
May
2010
Bernie Powell
  Yellow ones. Blue ones. Purple ones. Little flowers come peeping out of the ground to greet the spring. And to greet me on a spring day.   Where do they come from? Are they just hiding beneath the soil, waiting to kick the blankets off when the weather warms? No, for they are made out of that soil. And air, and water, and sunshine. But how does soil make itself into a flower? Or a tree? Or a carrot? Does the soil direct this process? No, but it is indispensable. Same for... + read more
Apr
2010
Bernie Powell
  Sometimes I feel tempted to give up. Do you? When troubles and trials and worries and griefs pile on, how can we make sense of it all? Do you ever feel like saying “What’s the use?”   The Bible is realistic about life. It doesn’t sugarcoat what seems like senseless suffering. That’s where we live. Pretending won’t make it go away. But the Bible shows us how to make good use of trials. Two examples of this are found in the opening... + read more
Feb
2010
Bernie Powell
  The sign in front of our building reads: “The Fellowship: A Community Church with a World Vision.” Our networking worldwide brings us into many intersections with Haiti, and the horrendous nightmare that has unfolded there.   The day after the quake, Hans Wolf and Jeremiah Howdy bought their tickets to go down to help. That Sunday before they took off, the church prayed for God’s blessing on their efforts. I admire these young men of faith and courage.... + read more
Jan
2010
Bernie Powell
  America’s great gift-giving season: we just survived it one more time. That wall plaque from Aunt Delores – if only we can remember to get it back on the wall every time she comes over! That new necktie from the kids will be great at holiday time. Halloween, that is, not Christmas.   How long will the gifts last? Some of the toys won’t make it until January 15. The blender and the DVD player have a one year warranty. It’s 6 years or 60,000 miles... + read more
Dec
2009
Steve Cox
  Some of you reading this article are probably old enough to relate to the statement I make below. (If you’re not old enough to relate to this statement, don’t worry, you’ll be with the rest of us before you know it.) The statement: the older I get, and the more I learn, the more I realize that I don’t know anywhere near as much about anything as I thought I did.    The Apostle Paul draws a very similar conclusion for us in I Corinthians 8:2... + read more
Nov
2009
Steve Cox
  Do you ever have that feeling that God is trying to teach you something? I suspect this is a fairly common experience to all of us that follow Jesus Christ as Lord. The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives to gradually transform us to be like Jesus Christ in our character and our actions. Sometimes I even get the feeling that God intends to teach me something the hard way. These are usually the deeper issues in life that He is seeking to address. If I am to be... + read more
Nov
2009
Bernie Powell
  The colored leaves, the nip in the air, the shorter days remind us of that time of year when our forefathers would celebrate harvest. Today we have so little direct experience of the cycle of sowing, growing, and harvesting: long hours of hard work, and long months of waiting and praying. Everything depended on the harvest.   Perhaps we taste it a bit if we invest (sow) in the stock market and wait for long periods through influences beyond our control to see if there... + read more
Oct
2009
Steve Cox
  No, I am not asking this question in the way people say it when they think you are staring at them. And I am not asking it in a way to question the appropriateness of what you are viewing on television or the internet (although it is a good idea for us to re-evaluate our viewing habits every once in a while). By asking “What are you looking at?” I mean, what is drawing your attention lately, what are your thoughts and concerns focused on? In other words, where are your... + read more
Oct
2009
Bernie Powell
  Since everyone is asking me about our sabbatical adventures, this month’s column will be more personal than the usual. This space is usually filled with some reflection on The Fellowship and what is happening here.   Both Cheryl and I are deeply grateful to The Fellowship for the generous opportunity for six weeks travel to visit our missionaries around the world. The missionaries also, in so many ways, have expressed their gratitude that the church cares enough... + read more

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