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    Stamped or Forged?
    08.30.21 | Stories | by Linda Opp

    I have an electric knife sharpener. It works splendidly, and I regularly demonstrate its worth by accidentally slicing open my finger when cooking the first meal after sharpening. I consider it quality control: Is there blood? Yes. The knife has...

      Falling Down The Stairs
      08.23.21 | Stories | by Linda Opp

      I've told this story before, but the daily bombardment of bad news from across the globe has reminded me of it. I grew up in the farmhouse my great-grandfather built. It featured a dirt basement, illuminated by one lonely, naked light bulb, and...

        How Old Are You?
        08.16.21 | Stories | by Linda Opp

        Lately, my five-year-old grandson has become fascinated with numbers in general, and with my age specifically. “How old are you, grandma?” begins most of our conversations. He knows the answer; he just thinks it's amusing to keep...

          Different Perspectives
          06.28.21 | Stories | by Linda Opp

          This will come as no surprise, but Christians disagree. Regularly and loudly. We're on the same team, but we have different ideas. What's the best way to do worship, to disciple young believers, to build community, to teach young children about...

            Off Script
            06.21.21 | Stories | by Linda Opp

            My favorite funny television moment occurs in an episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Mr. Rogers and a young boy are sitting on the couch, having a neighborly chat, when Mr. Rogers decides to take off his sweater. Somehow in the...

              A Good Father
              06.14.21 | Stories | by Linda Opp

              I grew up in a little Baptist church in North Dakota, where we faithfully had Communion, or the Lord's Supper as we called it, once a month. Just like now. It must be a Baptist thing. On communion Sundays, when the service was over and the...

                Small Things
                06.07.21 | Stories | by Linda Opp

                I'm often roped into playing Monopoly with my grandsons. In my opinion, a game of Monopoly is a good illustration of eternity, minus the benefits. But no matter how I feel about it, my love for my grandsons outweighs my objections, and so we...

                  I Sure Hope So
                  03.22.21 | Stories | by Linda Opp

                  It was an ordinary walk on the nature trail with my two grandsons, ages four and seven. Somehow the older one acquired a cut on his finger, which bled entirely out of proportion to the seriousness of the injury. Fortunately, I produced a bandaid...

                    A Perfect Composition Part 2
                    11.20.20 | Stories | by Barbara Williams

                    Continuing with the theme of “The Perfect Composition”, we will look at some additional musical terms and symbols and the analogies to real life. MEASURES – These are segments of the music divided by vertical lines on the music...

                      Don't Envy Them
                      09.09.20 | Stories | by Josh Johnson

                      Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.” Psalm 73 is a psalm that each of us can likely relate to, as much of God's word is. I would encourage you to read it. The...

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