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Dane Skelton is the Pastor of Faith Community Church and the author of Jungle Flight: Spiritual Adventures at the Ends of the Earth, a book of true stories from the ministry of JAARS (formerly Jungle Aviation and Radio Service). His second book, Papua Pilot: Flying the Bible to the Last Lost Peoples, co-authored with the late Paul Westlund, is now available on Amazon.com and Christianbook.com.


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THINKING ABOUT CHURCH SAFETY
July 11, 2018

The basement fellowship hall of one of the largest churches in the county was packed with the most ecumenical gathering of local church leaders I’ve ever seen. The recent spate of mass-shootings obviously had everybody thinking about safety and local law-enforcement agencies along with the Commonwealth’s Attorney were hosting a […] [READ MORE]



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DENNIS JERNIGAN'S JOURNEY Into and Out of Homosexuality
June 29, 2018

Editor’s Note: California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign recent legislation outlawing attempts to help people escape unwanted same-sex-attraction.[1]The law would also forbid the sale of books like Jernigan’s autobiography. Given those facts, I thought it would be good to remind readers that nothing is impossible with God. “How […] [READ MORE]



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A RADIO FOR SPEAKING TO GOD
June 22, 2018

Maybe you remember this scene from the first Indiana Jones movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark. The villain, French archaeologist Beloche’, leans in to the drunk, grieving hero who believes he’s just lost his girlfriend, “Jones!” he insists, “the Ark is a radio for speaking to God!” “You wanna talk to […] [READ MORE]



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ON MENTAL ILLNESS Last Ride With Big Mike
June 13, 2018

Suicide and mental illness have been much in the news lately. In light of that, and by way of encouragement, I thought I would re-post this story about my brother, who in great pain considered taking his own life, but chose the better path. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such […] [READ MORE]



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WAKE UP YOUR DREAMS with good summer reads
June 6, 2018

You have dreams that need waking, aspirations of which you are unaware, mental landscapes that will escape your notice unless someone outside your acquaintance introduces you to them. That someone is waiting to take you to new places this summer, giving you hours of enlightening entertainment, for about the price […] [READ MORE]



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IS YOUR SON THE NEXT SCHOOL SHOOTER? How to Prevent Your Worst Nightmare
May 30, 2018

The school shootings just keep coming, as we should have guessed by now they would. Without the intervention of teacher Jason Seaman, Noblesville, Indiana would no doubt have been the third mass shooting in a school in 2018, preceded by Santa Fe, Texas, that took ten lives, and Parkland, Florida […] [READ MORE]



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CALLED TO SOMETHING MORE
May 23, 2018

Are you a doctor, a lawyer, a mom or a dad? Are you an engineer or sales rep, a husband or wife or any of a list of a hundred other things? Or are you something more? Have you found and fulfilled the central purpose of your life? The great mistake […] [READ MORE]



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GROWING UP IN GOD'S UNIVERSITY
May 18, 2018

The interview was disturbing. The young woman I was counseling was in deep-dish trouble. Her relationships were dysfunctional, she was up to her armpits in debt, and most of her decisions were based on a daily reading of her horoscope.  But the most troubling thing is that she had grown up […] [READ MORE]



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CAUSE & EFFECT IN THE SPIRITUAL WORLD
May 9, 2018

How we live affects our ability to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit on the one hand and avoid entanglement with evil on the other. One of the most unsettling books I’ve ever read was M. Scott Peck’s Glimpses of the Devil. Peck was a clinical psychiatrist and author of […] [READ MORE]



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PRAY WITH YOUR BOOTS ON Join Us for the National Day of Prayer
May 2, 2018

The ruined city lay bare and defenseless before all enemies. Two miles of massive stone wall battered into tons of rubble, ten gigantic gates gouged out by fire, and perhaps more important than all, a pummeled and demoralized people waited and longed for a leader to turn it all around Nehemiah […] [READ MORE]



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THE REASON FOR GOD'S WRATH
April 25, 2018

Wrath’s purpose in our lives, as well as the way it operates, is not what we imagine. Someone once asked, “Do you believe people can change?” “Yes,” I said, “I’ve seen it happen. I’ve also experienced it.” “What makes them change?” He asked. “The power of God working from within, but there is […] [READ MORE]



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PLAYGROUND FAITH In a Toys R'nt Us World
April 11, 2018

Our church took a step of faith this month, spending about $10,000 on a new playground that should serve us for another twenty years. But the faith had nothing to do with raising money. Being a frugal bunch, we had been setting aside funds for capital improvements for years. No […] [READ MORE]



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PAUL'S FINAL WORDS
April 10, 2018

Excellent film shows gritty reality of early Christianity The last few years have been some of the bloodiest ever for Christians the world over. ISIS is in hiding, but their atrocities against believers remain fresh in memory. After thirty years of relative freedom, China’s new president-for-life is ramping up pressure against […] [READ MORE]



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SNOW SABBATH
March 21, 2018

The recent weather reminded me of something I wrote many years ago, when our girls were little, and a blizzard stopped the world for a while. I hope it encourages you as we anticipate more snow Saturday night. Monday morning January 24, 2000, dawned bright and clear, but school was still […] [READ MORE]



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FAKE NEWS, SPIN & HONEST JOURNALISM
March 14, 2018

The Headlines Scream: “JOY BEHAR FIRED FROM THE VIEW,” but she wasn’t. “MICHELLE BACHMAN SAYS JESUS CREATED ASSAULT RIFLES,” but she didn’t. And my all-time favorite: ANGRY COW KNOCKS HELICOPTER FROM SKY: Udder Destruction! Which never happened but is still hilarious. The BBC defines fake news as: Completely false information, photos or videos purposefully created […] [READ MORE]



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HOW GOD HEALS BROKEN HEARTS
March 7, 2018

Humanity is broken and hurting. Hear some comments from hurting people: I’m 48 years old and my wife has just filed for divorce. I never planned for this. I never thought I would be alone and have to start all over this late in life. On top of that it may […] [READ MORE]



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BILLY GRAHAM ON LEADERSHIP
February 28, 2018

In the film Blackhawk Down, a vehicle filled with wounded Americans comes to a halt in the middle of a hailstorm of Somali bullets. The commanding officer orders a soldier to take the wheel. The soldier protests, “I can’t, I’m shot!” The officer is unimpressed. “We’re all shot. Get in and […] [READ MORE]



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COMMIT-A-PHOBIA
February 21, 2018

“Look at yourself! You went to law school. You never took the bar.  You went to business college. I can’t get you near the office. You studied languages you don’t speak, instruments you don’t play. You have a series of girlfriends you never see more than twice. Do you not […] [READ MORE]



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SEVEN KEYS TO LIFE-LONG LOVE: Valentine Advice for Women
February 14, 2018

“Dear Pastor, Please help. My man has gone into a shell and I can’t get him out. He used to be attentive, warm, and affectionate, but now he lives in his own world. Don’t get me wrong. I know he loves me. He works hard and pays the bills, and helps around […] [READ MORE]



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SEVEN KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL ROMANCE: Valentine Advice for Men
February 7, 2018

My senses were assaulted at Wal-Mart last night. I strolled in, minding my own business, looking for our favorite frozen desert, when the smell of flowers and candy and a huge splash of red and pink displays hit my eyeballs like a baseball bat. “Oh, yeah! Valentines!” Call me distracted, but donrsquo;t […] [READ MORE]



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BIBLICAL THINKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION
January 31, 2018

Sofia[1] smiled as she greeted me and asked for the birthday that pharmacies use as identifiers. Then she frowned and said, “I don’t see that one yet,” in gently accented English, “but I will check.” Coming back to the counter she smiled again, “They are filling it now. I’ll just […] [READ MORE]



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POSTMODERN PATH TO JESUS
January 24, 2018

“Evangelism is a process and God is the author of it.” I learned that proverb the hard way in the 1980’s when, as per my seminary’s requirements, I tried each week to lead total strangers to Christ using a four-step presentation of the gospel. I was never any good at […] [READ MORE]



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CAN WE HEAR THEM NOW?
January 17, 2018

Facebook, 2018: A young father shared the moment he felt his daughter in her mother’s womb. “I’d only briefly felt this baby move before. I tried to feel her move again and again to no avail. But finally, lying there last night next to her mom, snuggled up close because of […] [READ MORE]



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YOU ARE NOT ALONE
December 27, 2017

John Donne famously wrote, No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. Nevertheless, everyone feels isolated, everyone feels alone now and then, perhaps especially during the holidays. It’s part of the human condition, a result of the fall. Eve […] [READ MORE]



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THE MEMORY TREE
December 20, 2017

The tree appears like magic every year, the day after Thanksgiving. Rising from the floor to its full seven feet, adorned with lights and nothing else, a green canvas of branches waiting to be adorned by the master artist I married. From old boxes emerge simple ornaments, each a reminder of […] [READ MORE]



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