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The Importance of Positive Influences

By Mallory Slocum   |  January 4, 2016

I love history. It is one of my many interests. One of my favorite areas to study is the British monarchy, especially monarchs of the late 19th century. The reason why I...

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The Ministers' Table Becomes a Pulpit

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  December 28, 2015

In the early church era (1850-1870) there was a long table at the front of the sanctuary behind which several volunteer ministers sat who were to speak at that...

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Finding Light in the Darkness

By Mallory Slocum   |  December 21, 2015

On Halloween, my professor and his wife (Chad and Jen) experienced something that most parents can’t even fathom. They lost their daughter, Evelyn. She passed away...

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A Brush With Greatness and Fame

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  December 14, 2015

Early years, before the division into church districts, "church" was held in homes/cabins every two weeks or maybe once per month, varying the locations: north, south, east, west. Since the "Brethren" tended to live in...

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Villains Can Become Heroes

By Mallory Slocum   |  December 7, 2015

One of my favorite television shows is Once Upon A Time. If you have not watched this series, this show brings our beloved fairy tale characters to reality as they...

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Maple Grove History-Names and Age

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  November 30, 2015

The Bible is clear on what a brethren is and what a brethren is not. A brethren is a Christian that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. A brethren is no more...

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God As Our Guide

By Mallory Slocum   |  November 23, 2015

Do you ever have one of those days where you are wondering, what am I supposed to be doing with my life? I would be the first to admit that I have asked myself this ...

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For Such A Time As This

By John Ballinger   |  November 16, 2015

Life poses to us some tough questions Why are we here or the more personal Why am I here? It sometimes is very clear to us and other times takes a lifetime to discover...

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By John Ballinger   |  November 9, 2015

A few months ago I read an article on the vagabond life. It explained how people are freeing their lives of excess “stuff” and enjoying a life of traveling...

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By John Ballinger   |  November 2, 2015

Like most couples on their day off, my wife and I were out running errands. Some obviously were more urgent than others so we set our priorities on what we could get done...

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By John Ballinger   |  October 26, 2015

Recently, our daughter flew in from Florida to Ohio for an extended family gathering. One of her “requirements” during her weeklong visit was spending a day a...

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By Technology Alone

By John Ballinger   |  October 19, 2015

There was a great article in the October 7 issue of the Ashland (OH) Times-Gazette that told of the steep learning curve of driving new vehicles with all their safety features; that new car...

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By John Ballinger   |  October 12, 2015

"Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don't see"(Hebrews 11:1, CEB). Faith, according to the writer of Hebrews, comes from...

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Right Path

By John Ballinger   |  October 5, 2015

One of our favorite things to do in summer and fall is go camping on the Mohican River. Since Monday is my day off, we normally leave Sunday after church and are arriving...

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Life Lessons from a Pig

By John Ballinger   |  September 28, 2015

Maybe that isn't such a good title because it might lead you down the path of contemplating a totally different subject but like many of you, last week I went to...

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The Rest of Your Life

By John Ballinger   |  September 21, 2015

I am a big fan of the Old West. I love the stories of cowboys and gunslingers. These people who seemed to be bigger than life added so much to my youth as I read about the heroes and the villains of this time period. I have sat enthralled, watching numerous movies...

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By John Ballinger   |  September 14, 2015

Oops! I bet like me you just missed it. September 12 is celebrated as National Day of Encouragement, a day set aside to remember to inspire, reassure...

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Everything You Do

By John Ballinger   |  September 7, 2015

One of my favorite songs by Steven Curtis Chapman is one of those songs you just love to sing along with. Called “Do Everything,” the chorus

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By John Ballinger   |  August 31, 2015

Recently, we were south of Columbus and saw a billboard advertising the outdoor drama"Tecumseh." We have been to see this awesome performance a few times and...

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ABC's of Life

By John Ballinger   |  August 24, 2015

In American Profile the other day, there was an article about the ABCs of back to school. The list covered a wide variety of subjects that parents need to be considering as they...

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Keywords: matthew, psalms  |   1 comments

An Empty Place

By John Ballinger   |  August 17, 2015

This week is a special week in my life. On August 18, 1979, I married my best friend and this year we celebrate 36 years of marriage. This feat alone makes her an amazing...

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Lead Us Not

By John Ballinger   |  August 10, 2015

In 1919, a big hit song was "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)." It was a time in the United States when the country was experiencing...

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Good Enough

By John Ballinger   |  August 3, 2015

An interesting thing takes place in our house when my wife is on the flower and altar committee at church. All of a sudden, spring garden shopping for our yard takes on a...

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New Things in a Bigger World

By John Ballinger   |  July 28, 2015

We have three frogs in our backyard - not the green slimy kind, but rather metal sculptures with lots of personality. They are, as my wife calls them, some of our...

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By John Ballinger   |  July 20, 2015

It's July. It's that time of year when life takes a laid-back attitude as we soak up the sunshine and warmth of the season. It is the nose-crinkling aroma ...

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By John Ballinger   |  July 13, 2015

My wife and I have entered that next season of life called grandparenting. Although we don't get to see our granddaughters as often as we might like, we do...

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Looking Up

By John Ballinger   |  July 6, 2015

This is the best time of year to be living in Ashland County. Not only is the weather typical of the Midwest with beautiful days randomly interrupted by awesome...

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By John Ballinger   |  June 29, 2015

A familiar subject came up in conversation the other day when some people were lamenting the number of days until their retirement. We seem to have become obsessed...

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In the Eyes of the Beholder

By John Ballinger   |  June 22, 2015

A few days ago, my wife was going into a restaurant the same time as an elderly gentleman. He walked with a cane and was stooped over so his range of ...

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Removing The Comma

By John Ballinger   |  June 15, 2015

When we think of the patriotic celebrations of summer, we generally think of the holidays of Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. However, there is one day that...

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