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By Dr. John Braland Kids just shouldn’t get cancer. That’s my opinion, but it really doesn’t seem to matter much. When my then 3-year-old son Joshua was diagnosed with Acute Lymphomic Leukemia I thought my life was over. He is my only son, and I love him more than life itself. My wife Kathi and [...]

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There are two passages we need to read before we understand this reflection and they are Ecclesiastes 1:1-10 and Colossians 1:15. These two passages were read and in them we have first the question and then the answer. Or we have a background and then a focus, or we have a lock and then the [...]

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It never ceases to amaze me how much I love to be served. If you think about it, pretty much all of us do. Imagine arriving at a dream vacation resort you’ve long saved for, assuming you’ll experience the best in everything … accommodations, attractions, cuisine … and stellar service. Exceptional, well-paid for, stellar service! [...]

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me and in prison and you visited me.” (Matt 25:35-42) This is the scripture passage which I feel best describes the helpful [...]

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When my teenage son Josh and I arrived at the airport we had no seating assignment. I was told to wait until they had things “figured out.” Usually this is bad news. For some reason I always wind up sitting in the back by the toilet with no fan or next to the crying baby. [...]

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My friend Ted told me that, “Everyone is still 12 in some area of their life.” Boy is he right. I pastor a wonderful church and have the privilege of preaching just about every week, yet I still get mad when my kids leave their junk in my car or when my wife leaves the [...]

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