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    Jay Ashbaucher

    Jay Ashbaucher is a native of Northwest Ohio and is currently a retired pastor and published author. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and has been a pastor and teacher in Montana for over 44 years. Jay taught grief classes in a hospital setting, and worked for twenty years as a fifth-step counselor and lecturer in an alcoholic-drug treatment center getting to know the hearts of people struggling to get well. While pastoring in Montana, he had enjoyed racquetball, hunting, fishing, and traveling the Big Sky State. Now living in Southeast Michigan, Jay enjoys his family, reading, hiking, golf, time with friends, and time with his fun-to-be-with wife. They have two happily married children and seven grandchildren.

    A WORD FITLY SPOKEN

    The supreme master of helpful words spoken in the right situation at the right time was Jesus. People often need to hear a true, good, and helpful word at a crucial time in their life. Many individuals were helped whenever Jesus spoke. According to each person’s needs, he gave words of healing, forgiveness, wisdom, instruction, hope, blessing, admonishment, encouragement, and so forth. “The Lord God...
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    What Christians call “Good Friday” is coming around again. It is good because it is a yearly reminder of God’s love in action. Knowing...

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    How is Life to be lived?

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    GOD AND VALENTINE’S DAY

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    Feelings are indicators of something lying beneath the surface of our lives that needs to be checked out before we follow their lead. Feelings...

    A MEDITATION USING QUESTIONS TO STUDY THE BIBLE

    The Greek philosopher, Socrates, was known for a method of teaching that used questions to stimulate thinking and to draw out knowledge and discussion...

    BEGINNING A NEW YEAR WITH THE TRUEST MEANING OF NEW

    Another new year has begun. I wonder how many feel they have opportunity for getting a new start in some area of their life...