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The Miracle of Divine Inspiration

By Ken Walker – Only those who have juggled multiple writing and editing projects on deadline can appreciate the kick in the gut I felt recently when an editor kicked back a devotional I had written. He said it didn’t quite fit theme and he wanted a new version. At the time, I was behind…
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Gift Card May Be Empty

We received a gift card last Christmas season, which we immediately used for a dinner out to celebrate my wife’s birthday. With more than $48 left on the balance, we decided to use it again for our anniversary dinner six weeks later. Despite a great meal, our delight turned to disappointment when our water returned,…
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The Power of a Testimony

The verse has been one of my favorites since my wife and I made the decision to follow Christ many years ago: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11 MEV). Sadly, in our frenetic-paced society, we have lost sight of the value of sharing…
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Hillsong Church’s Fall Offers Cautionary Tale

My first exposure to Hillsong Church’s worship music came 25 years ago while attending a series of Friday night meetings at a church in the Louisville, Kentucky area. While the Shout to the Lord album had been released in the U.S. the year before, I had never heard of it or its popular title track…
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Average Person Does Care About Gas Prices

It’s a good thing Sen. Debbie Stabenow doesn’t have to run for re-election for another two years. By then, the flap over her rather tone-deaf remarks about not caring about high gas prices may have blown over. Or not, if gasoline continues its upward trajectory following a temporary easing in late June. Most folks are…
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Streaming Takes a Wizard

We found ourselves ordering so often on Amazon during 2020’s lockdowns, largely because we weren’t able to find items on local store shelves, that we turned Prime into a monthly habit. The bonus: being able to stream Amazon programming on my laptop (and later on our flatscreen TV). That temporarily replaced our tradition of watching…
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Measuring Our Woes by the Ukraine

As the grandson of a man who emigrated from Ukraine to western Canada in the late 1800s, the eastern European nation’s name has always been familiar to me. Interesting how much relevance Ukraine assumed on the U.S. national stage after Russia’s late-February invasion. Suddenly everyone started flying yellow-and-blue flags. It has also become a one-word…
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Time to Rub Out Time Change

Now that nearly three months have passed since we “sprang forward,” I’ve finally adjusted to the time change and am starting to feel better. With dust out of my eyes and cobwebs cleared from my brain, I hope that Congress does the right thing and puts an end to clock changes. The Senate has taken…
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Musical Steps of Courage

Anyone who appreciates great musical harmonies and heartfelt lyrics in a country mix grieved the recent death of singer Naomi Judd. But we who live in the Tri-State Area encompassed by eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio, and western West Virginia felt the loss closely. Not because we knew the Ashland, Kentucky native personally; that number was…
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Ukraine a Land of Family Values

Were many of my extended family members alive, no one would be more horrified about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine than my aunt and uncle. They owned a small apartment building on Chicago’s Near North Side. Before shifting demographics changed the neighborhood, they lived in an area largely populated by Eastern European immigrants, whether Ukrainians, Poles,…
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An Author Who Became a Friend

Even though he wrote seven books, his name isn’t in the annals of best-selling authors. Yet when Romey Swanson died in late March at the age of 82, I lost a great friend. We got to know each other 30 years ago at a banquet he organized for contributors to Hands Extended. This crisis pregnancy…
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