The Resurrection and Aunt Patsy

My Aunt Patsy just passed away a few hours ago and in a few days we will celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord.  Aunt Patsy was a strange mix of compassion, unbelievable generosity, intelligence, stubbornness, and mental illness.  We loved her but sometimes interacting with her was a challenge.  Always sure she was […]
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"Joy to the World" is a Christmas Hymn

What a wonderful announcement long ago in a field somewhere on the outskirts of Bethlehem!  Shepherds, paralyzed by fear, heard a stunning and fear-allaying message:And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this […]
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Village Missions and the Affordable Care Act

Background:  When I became Executive Director in November 2000, Village Missions had a self-funded health insurance plan, in other words, we were our own insurance carrier.  We collected premiums from the churches we served and used a T.P.A. (Third Party Administrator) to administrate medical bills.  We carried stop-loss insurance to cover major medical expenses.  Over […]
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The Rural Church—Missional Community?

Missional ChurchesSo many of the churches we serve are missional. They just don’t know that’s what people call it!  Suppose rural churches realized that they are missional and started building on this inherent strength of theirs!  It would not take any finances or other resources. They simply need to realize that we are to help each […]
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The Widow’s Mite Today

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I […]
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The Arctic Wooly Bear and Village Missions

I recently watched a program on Animal Planet about springtime in the artic. One creature that they referred to as the Wooly Worm (Banded Wooly Worm or Banded Wooly Bear) particularly caught my attention. The Wooly Worm, similar in appearance to the Wooly Worms I’ve often seen in the country, freezes solid in the winter and […]
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The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

I like using a GPS. Being a location-challenged person, with all our travels its nice having that girl (we call her Flo) in the box tell me where to go!Sometimes it’s an adventure. My older model GPS will pick out the shortest route distance wise between two points, which is sometimes not the quickest route. […]
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Pictures of Village Missions Events and Churches

It has been quite some time since I posted links to the places and events that Carole and I have visited over the last several months. This is your chance to take an armchair visit to some of our fields.What Could Possibly Happen in Kendrick, CO?Visit to a New Field in ArizonaThe Good Shepherd of […]
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Village Missions Changes Health Care Coverage

Summary: Village Missions has chosen to suspend its self-funded health plan and purchase a fully-insured group plan from Regence BlueCrossHistory of Self-Funded Plan: Nearly two decades ago, because of rising health insurance costs, Village Missions decided to develop a self-funded health plan.  This plan succeeded in providing adequate coverage for our missionaries serving in a […]
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Church Revitalization and Our Cherry Tree

We bought a cherry tree about five years ago.  We only have a small lot but we love cherries, and I like to grow things.  We waited until the fall when the few rejected trees at Rite Aid were on sale.Our poor tree struggled to survive.  Deer ate most of its branches and leaves while […]
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Are You Afraid When Writing Your Will?

Carole and I did something over these past few weeks that we’ve been meaning to redo for a long time — writing our will. Our daughter Sarah, concerned about our frequent travels, wanted us to have our affairs in order in case something happened to us. I had also seen first hand the importance of […]
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Black Friday and Christmas

Philippians 2:5-8I started thinking about these verses when I heard some of the news reports involving “Black Friday.” I heard the story of one woman who “pepper-sprayed” several others, in her rush to get a good deal. In other locations, several were trampled, many were arrested, and people pushed and shoved to get the bargains […]
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