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Volume 3, Issue 7 - March 2007

"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.
How priceless is your unfailing love!

~ Philippians 3:13b-14 NIV ~

Hello, and welcome to the March Issue of FaithWriters' Magazine. Once again, we have a great selection of articles, stories, devotions and poems to bless your heart and stir your mind.

As I write this, there's a massive thunder storm raging outside my window. The smell of ozone is filling the air, and everything feels fresh and clean. Here in Australia, today is the last day of summer, and it is going out with a bang--literally!

No Such Thing
By Steve Uppendahl

Teaching is like any job, I suppose. I don't know that for a fact, since teaching is the only thing I've ever really done. But, I'm going out on a limb here. I imagine that no matter what you may do for a living, each job has its similarities and its routines. It can become quite easy to get stuck in those ruts. Then there are days that simply shock you and, one way or another, you're never quite the same.

I've been stunned by many things in my teaching career. Unfortunately, most of those surprises have been more on the negative side-one of my students getting pregnant with her second child before she exits high school;...

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Sitting here, listening to the rumbling sounds and first splatters of rain, I am full of thanksgiving. Every raindrop is precious to a land that is parched from ten, long years of drought--but it's not just the rain. The lightning itself brings growth, releasing nitrogen which feeds plants and helps them to grow. For all the concerns of what man is doing to the planet (and there is no argument that we have done damage), we all must still take time to look at the perfection of the original plan. Every part of nature designed to work together for balance and life. What an amazing God we serve.

And it's that same amazing God we celebrate each month in FaithWriters' Magazine--His faithfulness, His goodness, His mercy, His love, and His grace ... to name just some of His attributes. However, there is also His justice, and this month we have two stories focusing on the subject of justice.

The first is found in our front page featured story, "No Such Thing," by Steve Uppendahl. There are times when even a troublesome student is able to teach the teacher--if the teacher is open to hear. Is there no such thing as justice today? Steve's story may just leave you "wondering."

The second story can be found in Heaven Bound, and is one for all the animal lovers. "The Black Dog and the White Stone" is a wonderful redemption story, told as only someone like Teri Wilson could.

Although not specifically about justice, Patrick Oden's Straight Talk for Today article, "God Does Take Sides in Politics," will definitely leave you thinking. When I first saw the title, I was a little concerned about what Patrick may have had to say. However, as soon as I started reading his article, every concern disappeared. This is a very clear, well presented and balanced article. It is thought-provoking, and one that I hope will be read by many people.

Another bit of straight talking can be found in Gino Geraci's study, "Jude: The Burden to Contend for the Faith." Using the little book of Jude, Gino examines apostasy in the church and exhorts readers to remember that they are in a battle for the truth of God's Word. This article is particularly timely, given some of the recent best selling books and films, such as The Da Vinci Code. Gino's article is, most definitely, A Word in Season.

In a lighter mood, make sure that you don't miss Betty Castleberry's smile-inducing story, "The Hallelujah Kazoo Band," in our Crown of Splendor section. Betty has a delightful sense of humor, and it is always a treat to include her stories in FaithWriters' Magazine.

The same is true of FaithWriters' favorite, Rev. James Snyder. I think I've said it before, but Rev. James has been one of my personal favorites for years. I never fail to chuckle when reading one of his "life in the parsonage" stories, and his article this month is no exception. Every grandparent is bound to enjoy, "The World's Most Perfect Grandchildren."

I have quite a soft spot for our Teen Truth department, and we have had some excellent articles in the past (and many more to come). This month's Teen Truth story is very special, though, because it is written by an honest-to-goodness teenager. You can't get anything more appropriate than that. It's been my pleasure to know Kaylee Blake through FaithWriters for the last 12 months, and she is a true delight. Her story, "A Cross, Some Glitter, and a Tank-Top," shows this young lady's heart perfectly. Great story for teenagers and adults alike.

As always, there are so many good features in this month's FaithWriters' Magazine. Make sure you check out the contents page so you don't miss any of the excellent articles, stories and poems inside. But before I finish, I really must mention one other very beautiful article this month. It's in United as One, and is "The Picture of George and Ruby" by Sharlyn Guthrie. I can't begin to tell you how special this true story of ageless love is. I hope you'll take the time to read it and be blessed.

Don't forget, if you read something that really impacts you, please take a moment to write and let the author know. You can contact them through the Letters page of this magazine. God really does use your encouragement to spur these talented authors on.

Until next time, happy reading, and God bless!

Deb Porter
Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine