March 23, 2020

Wow! This COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc with plans all over the world. People have died. Workers are displaced. Some companies may not survive an extended shutdown. Serious stuff is going on.

On an individual level, long-planned trips are being cancelled; weddings were re-scheduled; and celebrations of all sorts are on hold. 

Perhaps one of the most affected groups will be the Class of 2020. Whether high school or college, graduation ceremonies are just the tip of the iceberg. Senior proms, trips, and saying goo...

January 6, 2020

Last year, I read a great book by Rachel Hollis called Girl, Wash Your Face. Although many Christians have never heard of the book, it has been on Christian bestseller lists since its release in 2018. One publication estimated the book's sales at over 1.5 million copies.

Although reviews have been mixed, a large group of women follow Hollis for her lifestyle blog and social media accounts. The book recounts lies women have been told that inhibit their ability to live their best lives. Most of the criticism of...

November 22, 2019

I should have known from the way the day started that Thanksgiving would be one for the record books. As I got the turkey out of the refrigerator, it clearly did not thaw out as I had expected. After a quick call back to Ohio, mom's solution involved warm water in the sink and much prayer.

Next, a survey of the ingredients for the various dishes indicated no sour cream for the corn casserole. Fortunately, that could be remedied on my trip to 7-11 for my morning Diet Pepsi. Standing in line, the lady in front of me took the...

May 18, 2019

Excerpt from The Accidental Missionary by David Bredeman and David L. Winters

Labor Strike in Juliaca and Puno

We drove the rest of the way out of town without further incident. On our drive to Puno, we saw scenes that suggested the strike had ended. Roads mostly looked clear, and people swept up debris in a few spots where there must have been trouble. Everything appeared quiet, or at least returning to normal. Then, somewhere between Puno and Juliaca, we saw people standing in the road and large obstacles strategically pla...

September 20, 2018

Cynthia Ruchti

Latest book: Miles from Where We Started (Coming October 16, 2018)

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Bio: Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope through award-winning novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and through speaking events for women or writers. She and her grade-school sweetheart husband live in the heart of Wisconsin.

DW: Cynthia, thanks for joining us. You are amazing and I am so excited to visit with you. Tell our readers what state you currently call home and any other place(s) that h...

August 25, 2018

All kinds of people are Taking God to Work. Featured in our book are thirteen profiles of ordinary Christians doing amazing things each day.

Johnny Curtis, shown here with his lovely wife, runs a tree service company. With his brother, they implement God's plan for work by caring for their employees and customers.

Their game plan includes prayer for their employees to start each workday and treating their customers as they would want to be treated. The hallmarks of their service include excellence in maintaining and removing...

March 20, 2018

Have you consciously thought about the image you project? Most adolescents go through times when they try on various identities to see what fits. As young adults, many of us tire of worrying about what others think. So, we try to be "ourselves," whoever that may be.

In our thirties, we may be confronted by someone who points out a downside to the us we are portraying. Perhaps, it is part of our fallen nature. Suddenly, the game changes. Instead of being ourselves, we decide to try to be someone better than the egocentric ma...

February 7, 2018

Have you ever been tempted by an office romance? My Pastor took a poll at our church. The number one workplace temptation of the medium-sized congregation (800 on Sunday morning) is sexual impropriety or romance. People look their best, smell their best and act on their best behavior at work. For the most part, we seldom, if ever, see our co-workers in old, dirty clothes or badly-kept hair. Co-workers don't tell you to take out the garbage or ask "what's for supper" after you've worked a long shift.

October 16, 2017

 After 40 years, everyone had changed. Life has a way of knocking us around and teaching us lessons we never wanted to learn.

Last weekend, about 100 of us gathered back in Ohio for our 40-year High School Reunion. Some came from as far away as California, Las Vegas and Denver. Others drove in from Maryland, Virginia and Indiana, but most of those that made it still lived in Ohio.

Some of my classmates had suffered great losses, like the unexpected, sudden death of a spouse or the  gradual passing of a sick child. Others see...

December 21, 2016

From Matthew Chapter 2

"8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a...

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