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The Tale of Betty the Visiting Chicken
Dick Duerksen
April 8, 2021

The small quiet town of Boring, Oregon, near the base of Mt. Hood, is home to DeVere and Cynthia Crawford who have been adopted by Betty the Chicken.

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"Forgive our debts..." What about ourselves?
Sara Withers
April 8, 2021

“Do what you say you are going to do.” This is a motto living in my mind every day. I’m realizing more and more that if I make plans to do something, even if those plans were just made in my mind and not said out loud, I feel obligated to follow through. If I don’t follow through I think of myself as “not good," a failure.

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Postcards from Marcia
Dick Duerksen
April 2, 2021

The poems began in 2003 when God gave Marcia the idea of writing a short poem, putting it on a postcard, and then mailing the postcards to each of the church members who were housebound and unable to attend church in person. “Even if I couldn’t visit everyone,” Marcia thought, “at least they would all have a note of encouragement.”

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Big Lake Lodge – Memories of The Old, Update on The New
Gary McLain
March 25, 2021

This past week I got to visit Big Lake Youth Camp. The old lodge made some good memories for thousands of us through the years, but it was so good to see the progress of the new lodge being built. Ross von Pohle, facility manager at Big Lake, gave me a tour.

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You Can't Miss It!
Dick Duerksen
March 4, 2021

A local friend, an experienced photographer with an uncanny sense of direction, promised me, “You can’t miss the perfect little muddy trail that leads down to Secret Beach on the Southern Oregon coast.” Three tries later I had proved him wrong. I could follow his good, detailed directions and still miss it.

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The Bouncer
Dick Duerksen
December 10, 2020

I want to tell you a story about my friend Pat.

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“Do not worry Pastor. I belong to God. He will take care of me.”
Dick Duerksen
October 22, 2020

Abundio lost nearly everything when the wildfire tore through Talent, Oregon, but gave his tithe anyway. Why?

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Identifying with Habakkuk
Dick Duerksen
October 8, 2020

The prophet Habakkuk and I would be good friends, I think.

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EDITORIAL: Online Church is Not Enough
Jonathan Russell
August 28, 2020

I’m tired. And I’m guessing you are too. I’m tired of the Zoom calls, tired of being stuck in my house, tired of the online church services, and definitely tired of wearing a mask almost everywhere I go.

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From Content to Community
Dick Duerksen
April 17, 2020

We are in a whirlwind where all churches and ministries are scrambling to ramp-up online ministry initiatives, or to launch an online presence for the first time. These are uncharted waters where the ministry needs and process have changed.