In the summer of 1876, grasshoppers decimated crops all across Minnesota. Desperate farmers worked day and night to keep their fields from ruin.
Exile is not something we actively seek out as a favored experience or place to visit. Indeed, there is something ominous-sounding in the very word.
Used as supplemental article for Coffee Break 12.18.2017.
"All the devil's schemes are thrown against you at once. You can't run or even walk. But by God's grace and power, you can stand!"
As I sat down at the computer to write what was on my heart, the phone rang. On the line was a district superintendent who told me the sad news that one of his pastors had just surrendered their credential.
The Church of the Nazarene is truly a remarkable denomination. It has centered its theological focus on the critical issues relative to holy living, engaging mission, and growing local congregations.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us - Yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17, NKJV)
The mission of the people called Nazarenes is "to make Christlike disciples in the nations." In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus said:
Most of us have honed the ordinary into a finely tuned expression of daily life. With few exceptions, we arrive into this world with the ordinary accompanying us.
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