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From Joshua Stewart | December 4, 2019

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Dear friends, This Thursday, we host our 74th Christmas Party for the Blind. A number of years ago, when the group who organized this party told us they were closing, our Youth Committee bravely stepped in and decided to take the reins entirely. Since then, the Party for the Blind has...

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From Joshua Stewart | November 13, 2019

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Dear friends,   Today is World Kindness Day, which is also known this year as “Cardigan Day” according to folks excited about the upcoming release of the new Mister Rogers movie.  Along with many of you, I’ve been waiting in great anticipation for this upcoming film...

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From Joshua Stewart | October 23, 2019

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Dear friends,   I love this definition of generosity written by Grady Nutt:  “To take everything you know of yourself and give it to everything you know of God, with all your heart, with all your joy, just for the heaven of it!”  As we approach another Commitment...

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From Joshua Stewart | October 2, 2019

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Dear friends,  Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”  It’s so true that our mindset often plays a big role in our results and outcomes.  Certainly, this also applies to our daily faith journeys...

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From Joshua Stewart | September 4, 2019

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Dear friends,  Getting started is oftentimes the hardest part of a journey.  Making the commitment to take that first step requires courage, faith, and risk.  In our everchanging world, when it feels like everything is at our fingertips, it seems to be harder and harder to summon...

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From Joshua Stewart | August 21, 2019

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Dear friends,   Many years ago, I remember being asked to attend a big event called Triennium.  I had recently graduated from high school, and the trip sounded like fun.  It would involve traveling on a plane with a bunch of youth from Palo Duro Presbytery who I didn’t...

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From Joshua Stewart | July 24, 2019

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Dear friends, Mark Yaconelli writes, “If you have a group of twelve kids who don’t understand your illustrations and one of them wants to kill you, you have a youth group just like Jesus.”  Working with young people is one of the great joys of my life, and it’s also...

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From Joshua Stewart | July 3, 2019

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Dear friends, This week, we celebrate our nation’s birthday. We remember, we reflect, and we party with parades, lakeside festivities, baseball games, slip ‘n slides, and cookouts. As I reflect on our country’s founders as well as our church’s founders, I’m...

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From Joshua Stewart | June 19, 2019

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Dear friends, Over the years, I’ve had the honor to share leadership in a variety of youth trips with my colleagues. From trips to Scotland with Michael Waschevski and the Heifer Ranch with Amy Parker, it’s a joy to share in Christ’s ministry with such gifted and committed...

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From Joshua Stewart | June 5, 2019

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Dear friends, When my wife, Annie, told me she was interested in recruiting a soccer team of Sunday School friends from our twins’ class, I was skeptical.  When she told me that I needed to be the coach, I was even more skeptical.  But, after our first team practice, I knew that...

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