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Dee Farrell

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  • Me? Unthankful? Not Really...

    How many times do you say thank you a day? Alot right? At least we are supposed to.

    But the United States didn't make the top ten list of the friendliest, or most polite, places to visit. Michigan shares a border with a country supposedly legendary for their politeness. Michiganders have always raised our skeptic snow covered brows at that one. We are nice too...aren't we? Turns out, Canada made the list and Michigan didn't.

  • Transform Your Pain to Strength

    Life stretches you. Three words that combine into a common saying—easily rolled off the tongue in precise moments of reflection—which belie the pain threading them together. Experience grows. Empathy increases. Wisdom...comes. But, to the one on the rack crying out for it to stop. It is a common saying for common circumstances. Until the pain is yours. Then it is unique to you. If circumstances in your life are stretching you beyond your ability to cope, be encouraged that God has not left you …

  • God's Secret to Success: Part 1

    Success starts with a dream. It grows by believing in the dream. It humbly proceeds by patience and hard work. But patience is the longest word I know. My earliest experience with the word is negative. It involved waiting, waiting and...more waiting. As an adult, when the Holy Spirit instructs me through James 1:4-8 to "let patience have her perfect work," I inwardly cringe, the memory of the word washing over me. But a biblical definition of patience does not mean to tolerate a delay just for t…

  • Do You Have Enough Faith to Walk Through Water?

    When the Israelites stood watching Pharaoh's army advance, they melted in fear. Surrounded by desert and faced with the sea, they began to doubt. Freak out may be a better visual. But God already had a way of escape planned. They just needed to do what He said. Move on. Years later when Joshua stood on the banks of the Jordan at flood stage, he told the priests carrying the ark to step into the water. Rushing water met their eyes and ears but faith in God's command moved them to put both feet…

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    #DowntonAbbey: Where Can We Go When

    the Sun Sets on Our Fleeting Dream?

     

    #Downton Abbey is almost over. I can’t believe I’ve been watching a nightly soap opera for so long. But I loved it! My daughters and I phone, text, message and re-live over coffee the week’s show. What on earth is going to replace Lady Mary on Sunday night? I had no idea I would like or come to need that time in front of television or computer to get my Abbey fix. I, just like the Israelites slaving away making bricks in Egypt, was unaware that something wonderful was waiting for me. The…

  • Do You Embrace Life's Challenges Positively?

    My two-year-old grandson, JT, tries to line up his matchbox cars on the arm of my sofa. One truck continues to roll off. He tries twice, then starts an indiscernible conversation with the truck that sounds oddly like a Curious George monologue. Finally, anger and a meltdown follow. It is hard not to laugh. But then I remember my own meltdowns over things beyond my skill and understanding, and think God probably looks at me like I’m looking at JT. Oh well. I wish my first thought would be, “O…

  • What is Your Popcorn #Praise ?

    Have you ever heard of popcorn #praise? It’s when your pastor or ministry leader announces that you can, by turns, stand up and briefly give God praise for something He is doing or has done in your life. It carries the effect of kernels of popcorn popping up. Today my popcorn praise may sound weird, but I am praising God for spare sump pumps and for teaching me how to install one. To explain, when my husband passed, he took with him the knowledge of sump pumps, septic tanks, generators, elec…

  • When It's Picture Not So Perfect

    The sky is blanketed with murky gray clouds, and there is a bite to the wind. This is not the sixty degree sunny Christmas the weatherman predicted. But this is Michigan. We’re used to the weather having a mind of its own. The Christmas at my house didn’t go as planned, and it wasn’t just the weather. The morning dawned with a phone call from the hospital. My father had arrived there by ambulance and was seriously ill. I left the house and last minute prep for our family Christmas in the hands o…

  • Genesis and Climate Change

    The meeting in France on climate change, #COP21, was not as popular on social media as Cyber Monday. It is understandable when you consider many Americans are not convinced it is a valid threat. They view it as politics masquerading as science. I am not a scientist. But as many other Michiganders and other Northerners, I sometimes wonder while standing in snowdrifts over my knees as I shovel the driveway, how could warming be a bad thing? I know the threat is now change not warming. In fact, s…

  • How To Speak Christian Vol.1

    Christianity has its own vocabulary. I learned it the hard way by hearing it and hoping for someone to enlighten me. Of course this was way before Google. Still, I thought it might be helpful to give you a rundown on some of the most used words from an inside the pew perspective. Born again. Not a Matt Damon movie but a state of being. This is the result of asking Jesus into your life. It is like starting over but now Jesus is on the inside of you. In Revelations Jesus says, “I stand at the …

  • Fashionable Christianity
     

    My daughter wants purple hair. I cringe at the images swirling behind my raised brow of gaudy strings of livid color. My mother’s mantra of understated elegance has been drilled into my head since birth. Her own look never strayed from natural hair, moisturizer and red lipstick. It must have worked because before she married my father she was never in want of boyfriends. I strayed from this model of perfection in my teens– strawberry blonde streaks and purple eyeshadow followed by my Marily…

  • Ezekeiel's Vision: A 20/20 View For Difficult Days

    The setting sun paints the clouds pink, and the white trunks of birches glow against the fading grass of the field. I am driving home, my thoughts racing through memories of many such sunsets and birches. It is an ache that persists, and I know its only cure is the day I am forever home. The emotion of loss is to be wrestling with grief on some level everyday. The ancient Israelites, huddled in Babylonian cities, spent their lives looking back, mourning the way of life and the temple they lost…

  • Three Questions Every Christian Should Know How To Answer
     

    If you are engaged in sharing the gospel today, you know that apologetics is the new evangelism. It is not enough to know what you believe. You must know why and be able to articulate it in words meaningful to the educated skeptic next door. Much like the Pharisees, the atheist may be able to get off by saying, “I don’t know”, but a Christian needs a ready answer. Below are three questions directed to believers. Before you consider them, let’s take a look at the belief that generates these q…

  • Is Biblical Illiteracy Changing America?
     

    According to Barna Group’s The State of the Bible 2014, Americans are not ready to give up their Bibles. They just don’t read them much. Is this rising illiteracy changing America? The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, yes and yes. Frank Newport’s article, “Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues,” showcases a 2015 Gallup Poll on Values and Beliefs. When compared to a similar Gallup poll in 2001 the results suggest an increasing move away from Biblical morals. 68% b…


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