by Bruce Strom This past week John Oliver shone a spotlight on the shadier side of the debt collection industry.  He demonstrated how easy it is to purchase old debt.  For $60,000 he bought $15M in unpaid medical debt which provided names, social security numbers and addresses to pursue collection.  Rather than collect, John…

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by Crystal Easom Praise God for mothers! Brought into the world by our mother’s labor, taught how to navigate the world through our mother’s wisdom; fed by our mother’s patience, led by our mother’s love. Our mother is the most influential woman in the shaping of our character and she is the woman we honor…

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By Bruce Strom Living broken in a broken world is hard.  Pressures at work and family push us ever inward needing to meet expectations.  Consequently we develop masks to hide the struggle.  But what does God expect of us?  Rather than a continual push for perfection, God ask us to be broken and live broken. …

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by Bruce Strom Ever heard of George Muller?  Google him.  He had a crazy business plan – pray!  Seriously.  He prayed for provision and God provided.  George ran an orphanage in England so I’m not suggesting that every business leader throw out their Jim Collins’ books, but I am suggesting we can rely too heavily…

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by Bruce Strom I grew up in Sunday School and I always thought of Luke 10’s Good Samaritan Story as a nice kids story.  Man was I wrong.  Let me share three quick insights that forever changed my view of the Good Samaritan. 1.  The challenge. As a kid I glossed over the lawyer’s question…

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by Bruce Strom No greater gift has been given than the gift of Jesus.  We celebrate that gift every Christmas.  The gift came wrapped in human flesh in ordinary circumstances.  Why?  Because Jesus is the Savior of all.  If he’d been born in a palace, not all could identify with Him.  But as the people’s…

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by Bruce Strom She’s all grown up now, married with a family of her own.  But her father still stands tall.  His legacy continues. I opened the mail this past week with a note from her.  “My father thinks your cause is honorable.  For Christmas this year, he asked that instead of buying him a…

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Adapted in part from Gospel Justice by Bruce Strom Her name was Mary. She was a young, pregnant teenager who left home to follow her boyfriend. She was poor and temporarily homeless. Her boyfriend had a tax issue to resolve, but she was unaware he planned to abandon her afterward. Where could she turn for…

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by Bruce Strom I dropped my sons off at their high school today. I hope they were allowing costumes as I saw cats, witches and an assortment of others entering the school. But my son had the scariest costume of all. He was a lawyer. Dressed in a sharp suit, nothing strikes more fear than…

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by Bruce Strom A couple of weeks ago, Helen and I were able to spend some time with Stephen and Belinda Bauman.  Stephen is President/CEO of World Relief and recently published a book titled Possible.  I highly recommend it.  The thesis of Stephen’s message is simple:  “With God all things are possible.” Sometimes we forget.…

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