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The Plant Doctor

If you’d met George walking along a country road or hiking in the woods in the Deep South in the 1930s, it’s likely you would have underestimated him. In his later years, the gray-haired black man was thin, stooped and frail, and could often be seen...

Methodical Love

They loved her. The rest of the world remembers Frances Ridley Havergal for writing such great hymns as “Take my Life and Let it Be,” “Like a River Glorious” and “Count Your Many Blessings,” but to her fourteen students, she was just Miss Havergal, the dear...

Marching on to a Better Land

“La, me, child! I never thought anybody would care enough for me to tell of my trials and sorrows in this world!” That was Charlotte Brooks’ response when she heard that her friend, Octavia, planned to write the story of Aunt Charlotte’s life for publication. Both...

Mixed-Up Churches: Aiming for Multi-Cultural Glory

Is it better to have Caucasian churches, Black churches, Korean churches, Farmer churches and Rock-driven churches, or to mix them up? Recently I read an unambiguous advertisement for a church in our city. It read, “We sing the old hymns.” That was it. Contrary to what...

Love Is Not Less than a Feeling

What does it mean to “love the brethren” (1 John 3:14)? It has been correctly said that to truly love someone is more than just having feelings for them. Actions, in addition to words and feelings, are the proof of genuine love. The husband who truly...

Does Jesus Believe in You?

In John 2:23-25 the apostle uses an interesting play on words to describe Jesus’ response to many who claimed to believe in Him. Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast many believed in His name, observing the signs He was doing....

Did You Say, “I Love You”?

An elderly, deep-south, retired couple sat on the porch. The man was reading the paper intensely, as he did every day. The woman was staring at the old man to whom she had been married for 60 years, conjuring up memories of good times and even...