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The Measure of a Ministry

I sat in the second pew from the front and listened to the pastor gush about the families who had just joined our church. They were the products of a new ministry that had the potential of just exploding on the scene. It was a popular, modern-day, me-message kind of ministry. It was packaged right, marketed right, and all the […]

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Annabelle’s Joy — A story faithfully written

One of the greatest things about being a writer is that part of my job description includes being a reader. Add to that the greatest part about being a not-so-young person any longer – the feeling that I’ve lived more years than I probably have left and need to pursue worthwhile activities. Thus, I get to be picky about what I read. That’s why reading the Kinsmen Redeemer series written by one of my sweet writer friends, Betty Thomason Owens, has been such a pleasure. The third book, Annabelle’s Joy, has just released, so readers like me can redeem the time with good, wholesome fiction. Owens remains faithful to God’s writing gift to her and shares with us a modern-day rendition of the biblical book of Ruth in three amazing books. Faithful writing from a faithful writer. Here’s a brief look at what you will find in this book: She’s waited too long. When Tom proposed last year, Annabelle wasn’t ready to open her heart to another man. Pain still held a thin crust around it. Time has healed her heart, but with a new woman in town, one who clearly has her sights set on Tom, does it matter if Annabelle’s heart is ready to love again? Folks in town are keeping a close eye on their pharmacist, hoping to be the first to hear the good news. He’s been courting the widow Cross for nigh on two years […]

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Touch – #FMF

I was surprised at the strength she had as she snatched my right hand in both of hers. Her cold hands were just wrinkled skin draped on bone, yet her grip made me think of the documentary about ospreys I watched a few weeks back. 

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And so …

And so … it began. Wonder how many stories have experienced such a start? First lines are interesting, to say the least. It is good to see where things begin, although not all beginnings fulfill their perceived potential, and that is when the end begins. Yet, each beginning holds such trembling promise … Like our beginnings – as people, as […]

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