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Look Up!

I’m far from a consistent movie goer. In fact, that’s an understatement. However, through the years there have been several series that I’ve really gotten into: Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. The imagination, characters, animation and plots are captivating. We had a friend who was so enamored with

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A Gift Denied?

It had been a difficult year. A year of independence, rebellion and deceit. The relationship between father, mother, and child had been broken. But oh, how they hoped he would come home for Christmas. It would not be the same without him. They had gone to great lengths to invite him, to let him know

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A Gift Given

In the summer of 1981, my wife and I arrived with our toddler at the CLB Annual Convention with great anticipation. We had been called by Lutheran Brethren International Mission to go to Taiwan and begin a ministry among the Hakka Chinese. I resigned my position in Seattle as associate pastor; we disposed of most

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A Gift Received

In the 1990s, some marketing expert came up with the idea of purple sunscreen. In theory, purple sunscreen was a good idea. Before the color faded away, it allowed parents to easily see where the product had been applied and where more was needed. My wife and I thought it was a good idea too—right

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A Gift Lost?

Joseph and I sat in the exam room of the oncologist’s office that January day. It was a check-up after finishing his treatment for neuroblastoma ten months earlier. That had been quite a year, after discovering our beautiful, precocious two-year-old had metastatic cancer in his bone marrow and bones. We learned what Jesus meant when

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An Incomplete Gift?

An irrevocable trust is a technique used by estate planners to remove assets from a client’s estate for tax or asset protection purposes. The assets the client wants protected are placed in the trust. But there are downsides to an irrevocable trust. First of all, the client loses all control over the assets. Second, the

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Six Decades of Gifts

She was twenty-five years old, sitting in an oak chapel pew, surrounded by her peers. The young wife of a Hillcrest Academy teacher, fresh from college, was about to become part of a movement of women that would influence and gift people on three continents for the next six decades. It was 1953, and she

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