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On Top of the World

By Doug Redford “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Just hours after Jesus spoke these uplifting words of hope to his disciples, he himself was arrested, severely beaten, and “uplifted” […]

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It’s Opening Day!

By Doug Redford This year opening day of the baseball season is tomorrow, Monday, April 6. Opening day is always a major event in Cincinnati, where I live, in part because the Cincinnati Reds are the oldest professional baseball team, dating back to 1869. In the year 2012 opening day became designated by the local […]

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The Hiding Place

By Doug Redford Most everyone who has attended Vacation Bible School remembers the pledges that were often recited at the beginning of each session. I grew up in the era of two-week VBS programs, so the pledges are perhaps a bit more etched in my memory for that reason. There were three pledges: one to […]

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A Journey from Heartache to Hope

By Doug Redford   Baseball fans recognize that the number 42 is a very important one in the history of baseball. That was the number Jackie Robinson wore on his uniform. Robinson became the first African-American player for a major league baseball team when he took the field on April 15, 1947, to play for […]

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Waging the War of the Worlds

By Doug Redford   The Bible begins with God’s creative activity, including a paradise that was shattered when the first man and woman yielded to temptation. It ends with the tempter, Satan, condemned to “the lake of burning sulfur” to be “tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). In between those points […]