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Being a Blessing

Posted by Tyler Couch on

I have for some time believed that the purpose of short-term mission trips is concerned much more with the development of those who go on the trip than it is with the actual work done by the goers. I don’t think I’m alone in this belief – people frequently return from a week...

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Called to Serve

Posted by Lori Couch on

It was my first mission trip and now I was ready for the first day of our work in Collique, Peru, at the OSA House. But I hesitated as I stepped out of my hotel room that first day. What was I doing here? What good could I possibly bring to the people we were to serve that day? After all, I...

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Empty No More

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Last October I sat at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. The Garden Tomb is an alternate site to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as the place for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Both sites have their merits and persuasive arguments. The Garden Tomb setting, however, invites its visitors...

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Cross Story 6: Carol Kellison

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Carol Kellison is someone who is detail-oriented, focused, and maybe just a little bit different. It's no surprise that the metallic Russian Orthodox cross that she brought is similar. It is a cross with three cross beams, with a fair amount of ornamentation close to the bottom left of the right...

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Cross Story 5: Polly Dvorak

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Polly Dvorak hopes that you are reminded of the differences among us when you look at the cross she lent us. It's a freestanding cross made of wood sitting on the floor just to the right of the middle of the display. It gives off this interesting 3-dimensional kind of idea, which helps you to...

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Cross Story 4: Marilyn Lasseter

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Marilyn Lasseter had the distinct pleasure of going to Israel with FBC Norman last October, and the wooden Jerusalem Cross in the bottom right corner of the cross display caught her eye. Fittingly, it caught her eye in a Christian store in Jerusalem, but it was the detail of the cross that...

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Cross Story 3: Donna Dye

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Donna Dye has a special story around the cross she brought. It's a large cross at the bottom of the left panel of the cross display, made of many small pebbles, with a smaller cross put on top of it.  Her mom (Polly Jones) made it for her at Life of Service, an adult day care center in...

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Cross Story 2: Jan Hodges

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Jan Hodges takes care of people, makes them well and whole again. It was interesting that this was somewhat reflected in the cross she brought for our cross display - it's a large, multicolored cross that looks like there are some white "stitches" in it that hold it together. As you're looking...

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Cross Story 1: Jim Spearman

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Jim Spearman likes Corvettes. Making old things new again is something that he does well. Because I know this about him, I wasn't surprised to see the Spearman name on the back of one of the crosses. As you're looking at the display, it's the large 3-layered, predominately white cross close to...

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What we're doing and why...

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

A few weeks ago, we asked our church family to bring crosses to share in a congregation-wide cross display. So far, we have had 43 crosses brought to be a part of this display.  Some of the crosses are large, some are small. Some are simple, some are heavily ornamented. Some are made only...

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