A Story of Betrayal

By Fern Horst At this time of year the story of Christmas and Christ’s coming to earth as a baby is often portrayed as one which brings warm thoughts to our hearts — a brand new baby, a young mother and her new husband, a twinkling starry night, angels singing, awestruck shepherds, a star over […]

One Body, Many Parts

When the purpose of any group is a fixed and focused one, the group usually does well. The purpose for a group of astronomers is obvious, as it is for on-line game groups, and so on. They have identified and announced their purpose and pursue it without much peripheral organization. They have fellowship, but they […]

New Year’s Goal: To Know Him

By Fern Horst What are the objectives of your goals for the New Year? Are they to make you a better person or to come to know Christ better? This was the challenge given by my brother-in-law, Dennis Reitz, in a sermon on the first Sunday of a new year. “Christian living is not a […]

A Valentine’s Day Without?

By James Johnson There may not be a rose, But the Rose of Sharon was given to you. There may not be Latin romance, But He walked the Via Dolorosa for you. There may not be a hug, But He outstretched His arms for you. The nails did not hold Him to the cross.   […]

It’s a Choice We Make: Coming to Terms with Singleness

By Fern Horst Whether never-married, widowed or divorced, long-term singleness often comes as a surprise. Because few people expect to remain single or become single, it may take some time before many singles realize that they need to come to terms with their unmarried state. But just as anything we need to come to terms […]

The Short End of the Stick

By Fern Horst Do you ever feel like you’ve been left with the most undesirable pieces of life in your hands? The short stick, so to speak? I’ve been feeling that way lately after several “upheavals” in my life, each of which is a direct result of decisions made by others. In some situations like […]

Roommates: A Blessing, Sometimes in Disguise

By Hohna Cass “Ha any se my low andals?” My muffled voice called from the back of the closet. Emerging from the tangle of dresses and blouses, I shoved my hair away from my face and bellowed, “Has anybody seen my yellow sandals? The new ones?” Two distant voices called back, “No!” — “I haven’t!” […]

The “Lacks” in Our Lives

By Fern Horst Yesterday I received a lovely birthday card from an “older” woman — someone I’ve come to love and respect. She wrote nice things about my “genuine caring and joy in helping others” being “shining reflections of the light deep inside you.” I treasure those words coming from her because she embodies those […]

Romantic Disappointment

By Fern Horst If you’re a single adult I’d venture to say you’ve been disappointed at one time or another in the romantic department of life. If you’ve been in a romantic relationship that ended, if you wanted a friendship to become “more” but it didn’t, if you desire to be married but aren’t, if […]

Talk Down

Preparing for singleness when you’d much rather be preparing for marriage By Ross Clark When an aeroplane pilot is stricken and a passenger with little or no flying experience has to take the controls and be ‘talked down’ by those in the control tower, the experience is terrifying for all concerned. ‘Talk down’ is symbolic […]