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[January 6, 2012 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
As the new year gets underway, two major changes are happening in my life. Number one, I am looking for work, as the contract with my previous employer has expired after three years. It would be a comfort at this time to have the familiar surroundings of my church where I have been worshipping. But – and this is the second change – on January 15 they are decommissioning our building. For the next year and a half we will be holding services in a seniors lodge while our …


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[October 4, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Although the Apostle Paul writes in Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” a harder saying is what he writes in Ephesians 5:20. There he says we should be “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ….” Yes, you read that right: give thanks not only “in” all circumstances but “for” everything.
I read an account in the book The Hiding Place several years ago where a …


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[August 16, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
 
Growing up in the 1960s, I saw the peace sign everywhere. People locked arms singing: “Give peace a chance.” Mostly these were protests against war, but it was also an age when people sought inner peace as well. 
Gurus offered peace through meditation and chanting, environmentalists offered peace through nature, rock stars hyped peace through drugs. Naturism, affirmations, massage, seminars, workshops, retreats—there seemed no end to the offerings of ways to hitch a ride on the “Peace Train.” But, although everyone was crying out “Peace! Peace!” there was no …


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[June 18, 2011 | One Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen 
When I was a child taking swimming lessons, we had to pass a test at the end of the summer. We took all our lessons in the shallow end of the pool where you could stand with your head above water. The swimming test was scheduled for the deep end. As we waited for my class’s turn, we watched as instructors tested other swimmers. I was anxious about the test and the deep water. My mother reassured me that it really wasn’t all that deep, but another mother, standing with …


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[April 21, 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die (John 11:25-26). Do you believe this?”
The thing about death is the regrets. Both the dying and the bereaved regret the time not spent with loved ones, the lost opportunities, the talents wasted, the loving words not said, and the hurtful words said…. And we cannot undo any of it. Sometimes people say, “…if I had it to do over, …


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[March 29, 2011 | One Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
This week while I watched news coverage of fighting in Libya, a reporter discovered one of the combatants had only a plastic toy gun. At one point the man even risked death—braving live ammunition—trying to recover his “weapon.”
How often in life’s trials and spiritual battles against forces of darkness we are tempted to place our faith in useless weapons. These come in many varieties: our own merits and strengths and wisdom, fallible people, false idols and ideologies. Trusting in these endangers not only our life, but our very …


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