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Ministry Musings features ministries with a local connection, as well as Christian book reviews.Click on article titles to see full articles.

by Christopher Lewis



Have you ever wished for a new beginning? You started out full of ambition and hope, but nothing turned out the way you thought it would. Everything you hoped for fell apart.

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by Christopher Lewis



A Christian in Nazi Germany had a lot to say to American Christians today.
Deitrich Bonhoeffer, who ended up being killed by the Nazis before World War II was over, spoke about the politics of Jesus.

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Christmas Greetings

IN THE December 21 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


It seems so small to say, “Merry Christmas,” and leave it at that. It is merry. Our hearts are at their best when dancing between the realities of brokenness and giddy joy. We are warmed, we are delighted, carols surround us, lights invite us; we are caught up in the season of hope.

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Celebrating Advent

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

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by Christopher Lewis



“And the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a loud command…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Advent is what we call the season when we are reminded that we are waiting for the Savior. In the Old Testament, the people of Israel were waiting for a Messiah, the anointed one from God who would come to save them. That Messiah was Jesus, and He came quietly and very few noticed.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Common Ground Coffee House in downtown Kingsburg had its grand opening on May 1, 2013. With its cozy atmosphere and great coffee smells greeting you as you walk through the door, you wouldn’t suspect that this is much more than just a new coffee house

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Habari Za Safari? (How Was Your Journey?)

IN THE September 21 ISSUE

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by Karen Lewis



After an eventful time of fundraising Chris and I, along with 10 others, packed our suitcases and headed for East Africa. We set off from July 23 to August 6, 2013.
The team’s aim was to help in an evangelistic campaign in the rural town of Kiseke, near Mwanza in Tanzania. Tents were set up outside for the people to sit under in preparation for the three day campaign which consisted of music and the sharing of a biblical message, followed by a drama to help illustrate and bring to life the gospel message. The team was also involved in praying for the needs of the people.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Can you imagine being able to change the world just by buying a cup of coffee? Well at the MCC Cafe in downtown Reedley, you can do just that!

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by Tom Sims


Everything is pretty low-key at Family Healing Center. That is by design. Even the name is designed to protect the dignity and privacy of a specialized group of clients. People come to Family Healing center because more than their bodies need healing–they have been hurt at much deeper levels. In most cases, they have been wounded by someone they loved or trusted; they have been violated and they have been betrayed.

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City Without Orphans – Forever Homes

IN THE April 27 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


Little Billy stands at the window and looks out with a gaze that balances hope and disappointment. Mommy is scheduled to visit. Billy is dressed in his Sunday best. His hair is combed to one side. He stares into the dark sunlight of an endless day bringing no fulfillment. Mommy never comes. Billy is, for all practical purposes, an orphan.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This week we are interviewing local Christian blogger Kurt Willems whose blog posts we have reposted many times. Kurt not only has his own popular blog, but guest blogs on Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians blog, and Relevant Magazine.

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by Jim Bulls



In the early 1900s, a great Pentecostal movement started in the Azuza Street Church in Los Angeles, and those called to God set forth on a mission of revivals throughout the United States.

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The Garden Tomb

IN THE March 30 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


“At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.” – John 19:41
It was early in the morning, very early indeed. There was no alarm to awaken them. They dutifully arose and still asleep, walked silently to the place they had no desire to be to do the thing they had no desire to do.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Downtown Fresno is becoming a great place to go for clubs and music. Newer choices like Fulton 55 and older clubs like Kuppajoe All Ages Nightclub, are among some of the most popular, with many more popping up all the time. One of the newest kids on the block is Victory Cafe at Hardy’s, another all ages club that had its first show in November of 2012.

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by Ken Kuhlken


Last year, while researching for my novel The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, I got moved and excited by what I was learning about the two revivals that play a part in my story. And as I added that knowledge to what I had taken from a revival I witnessed, I sensed the solution to a mystery.

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