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Join us at the 2014 Wilberforce Weekend Conference

Wilberforce WeekendOur friends at the Colson Center invite you and your listeners to come to this year's Wilberforce Weekend in Chantilly VA (just outside of Washington DC) on May 2-4.  Created by Chuck Colson in 2007, the annual Wilberforce Weekend gathers together hundreds of influential individuals who share a desire to grow and network with like-minded Christians.

This energetic event, designed to educate and equip, has inspired thousands of "thinking and doing" Christians to create real, restorative change in their communities through the power of biblical worldview.

We hope you will consider joining us at this unique event!  In fact ...

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Proof of Life

Mattes and TadasWhile I don't travel extensively, there was a recent article in the LA Times travel section which caught my attention -- it was about how to keep your possessions safe at a hotel.

Yes, the travel expert noted, there are the hotel safes for storing laptops, cameras, etc., but many hotels say they aren't responsible for items left in rooms.  There's the front desk safe but those aren't always practical (or indeed, "safe").

While the best way, the author notes, to keep your possessions safe is to not take anything of value with you to hotels, he ...

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"Haven Today" Celebrates 80 Years

Haven Today

I still remember the day Jon and I met Charles and Janet Morris as Charles had been invited to consider joining HAVEN--it's hard to believe that's been well over a decade ago!   

I have heard my parents recount the story of Haven's remarkable founding many times--a once well-known radio personality whose life ended up in shambles, coming to Christ in a hotel room with a Gideon's Bible.  A homeless alcoholic, Paul Myers was transformed spiritually--and just a month after his salvation, "The Haven of Rest" with its "First Mate Bob" was launched. 

Charles MorrisIt was my own ...

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Choosing to Praise

My refrigerator is on its last leg. I'm helping my mom navigate multiple doctors' appointments as she faces health challenges.  My son hasn't heard from his college of choice.   Time is a commodity and it's scarce. Among the many blessings in my life there's room for moments of disappointment and doubt. Though my "lows" of late are not valleys by any means (I think of dear friends battling cancer, losing jobs and some, struggling to save marriages), they're my disappointments; my life.

Sometimes, dare I say, praising Him doesn't come as easily.

Anne Graham ...

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Winning Souls for Christ this Easter

This past Sunday, we said goodbye to a very special family in our church -- the father, a loving husband and respected elder; his wife, a discipler of young women, devoted mother and encourager to her husband; the children, one of whom is among my youngest daughters' best friends.

They leave our church and his job at Azusa Pacific University for a head football coach position in mid-America.

They leave because they feel God's leading them . . . uprooting their young family to move to a place where they don't know anyone but where a team of young men seek discipline ...

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Not Forsaken When On My Own

Reading through 1st Corinthians, I was reminded of Paul's steadfast faith in prayer and God's hand on his life . . . even in his lowest valleys as he sat in chains, Paul rested in Him.
The most recent addition to my playlist is "Alone But Not Alone."   The song has become my most played track.  Listening over and over again to Joni sing the beautiful lyrics, I am reminded of the promises which Paul clung to in his trials:

When my steps are lost.
And desperate for a guide,
I can feel his touch,
A soothing presence by my side ...

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