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Valley of Darkness

Psalm 23:4 Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.     The path of love will lead us through many a dark valley. To love is to respond to persecution with mercy, forgiveness and compassion. Jesus showed us the way. He also showed us that all dark valleys eventually lead to beautiful, bright mountaintops. The dark valleys teach us that we cannot do it on our own. We need someone to lead us…someone like Jesus. The Good …

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The Real Good Shepherd

Sociologists of religion talk about a new category of religious people who do not identify with any denomination or tradition, including non-denominational. On surveys about religion, they choose “none,” even though they are professing Christians who attend some kind of church services. Sociologists and other researchers have dubbed this group the “nones.” During my studies as a master’s student, I spent a few weeks researching a local Dayton church community for a class on Protestantism. The community I researched was made up of people who would probably classify themselves as “nones.” As part of my …

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