A Work in Progress

by Alan Dowd The dictionary defines disciple as “one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another 
. . . a convinced adherent of a school or individual.” The word is rooted in the Latin term for student. But I think Jesus has a slightly different definition of disciple. Exposed The first time […]

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A Listening Love

By Alan W. Dowd When you think of being like Christ, what comes to mind? being gentle and humble? being a servant? sacrificing for others? How about being a good listener? There are numerous examples from the Bible that depict our listening Lord. Amidst today’s tidal wave of noise—all designed to divert our attention from […]

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Our Father’s Fridge

  By Alan W. Dowd   I always suspected they had kept all that stuff. I remember how proudly they displayed it—sometimes on the refrigerator, sometimes on the dining room table. But I had never seen all of it in one place and never thought about how much time and care, space and effort they […]

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A Little Boy’s Big Question

By Alan W. Dowd   My most memorable and Christ-exalting Christmas came at a most-unexpected time. Our family had a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party that Christmas, complete with a birthday cake. After he helped blow out the candles, my nephew Mike asked, “Where is Jesus?” It was an honest, matter-of-fact question. Yet he asked it […]

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Heaven’s Heroes

By Alan W. Dowd   My wife and I were reorganizing our bookshelves—another wild weekend at the Dowd house—when I came across a little book titled Love Everlasting. Someone had given it to us on our wedding day and it had been sitting on the shelf for the better part of a decade. As I […]