Tag Archive: grace

Nov 21

Happy Thanksgiving and Thank you!

We have spent a lot of time this month focusing on thankfulness, gratitude, and recognizing how richly we have been blessed. It started with Operation Christmas Child, and a special chapel service in which each cottage sent a child up (one at a time) to select items for a gift they prepared together for a …

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Aug 23

“Let the Little Children Come” – a message shared at Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church; Townsend, MT

The following message was delivered at Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church on 8/13/17. I could tell I had settled into the role of Chaplain at Intermountain when the following diagnoses no longer startled me: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Reactive Attachment Disorder of early childhood or infancy; Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder-Combined Type; Anxiety Disorder; Major Depressive Disorder, Recurrent; Neglect …

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May 27

“No Greater Love” a reflection on John 15:9-17 for Memorial Day

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9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in …

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Apr 27

A story from chapel: from walls that protect us to walls that keep us imprisoned

The children each wrote down something on their "brick" in the wall that they felt was keeping them from having a better relationship with God and others

Recently, we did an object lesson called “the Wall” in chapel. We talked about how bad things happen in this world despite having a loving God that looks over us. We make bad choices at times that hurt us, and others make bad choices at times that hurt us. In general, there is a lot …

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Oct 29

#RememberingKalkidan

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NOTE: Today, October 29th, is Kalkidan’s birthday. The Qualls have invited everyone who would like to honor her memory to wear orange (a favorite of our bright, vivacious friend Kalkidan!) or pose with something orange and post a picture to social media with the tag #rememberingkalkidan. To the right are pictures taken today of those of us …

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Jan 30

Hopefulness in the midst of loss – Missing Kalkidan

Kalkidan

Recently, the extended Intermountain family suffered a tremendous loss. One of our recent graduates, Kalkidan, passed away as result of injuries sustained in a car accident. She was on her way to Montana to visit friends that she grew close to during her time in our care. The loss of Kalkidan hit us hard. Personally, …

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Aug 04

“I don’t like grace…”

I don't like grace revisited

NOTE: This post is an update to the original story, which ran last October. The young lady who didn’t like grace is now ready to transition back home. I think you’ll like to hear about the change God has worked in her life! Last Fall I was attending a luncheon with a few of the …

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Oct 23

“I don’t like grace…”

"I don't like grace..."

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a Festival of Trees -Tea in the Trees planning luncheon with a few of the girls from our residential program. We had been invited to share a bit of what we have been doing in chapel services and the girls would be given the opportunity to share …

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