Someplace between the last day of my seventeenth year and the next day, when I turned eighteen, I grew up.  At least that is the way my dad treated me.  A few days after my eighteenth birthday, I asked him if I should go to music school or Bible school.  He had been telling me…

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God had a change of plans for us, and soon we were moving to Pennsylvania.  I felt sad to leave our church family, but also excited.  My dad was going to pioneer a new church.  We had to live in a tent for a few weeks, but God had a nice ranch house for us…

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My dad attended Elim Bible Institute for three years.  He studied the Bible, grew in his understanding of God, and life got very exciting.  He became quite involved in our home church and would often tell everyone about all the things he was learning in Bible school.  Many members of my extended family attended that…

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The Story Teller’s Daughter (The Beginning)

“Rise and shine for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Those were the words that my sister and I woke up to as our dad, Charles Wesley Elwell, would throw open our bedroom door and flick on the lights.  Daddy was serious about serving Jesus.  But it hadn’t always been that way. …

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It was dark and the fires of dinner time had died to a glowing smolder.  Peter had just arrived that afternoon and no one wanted to leave.   A young man in the back stood and said, “Peter, tell us again about the fish.”  He’d told the story the last time he had visited, but…

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Sometime after midnight, an Arabian wolf could be heard in the distance.  The chickens in the backyards of the various homes scattered about cackling and fluttering at the sound.  Danger was in the wind.  They could feel it. It was foolish for anyone with means to be caught on the dark streets alone at night. …

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The Tree Climber

He was running just as fast as his short little legs would go.  Around the corner, past the widow’s house and then across the vacant lot he went, huffing and puffing the whole way.  He wasn’t exactly athletic, and the few extra pounds across his midsection definitely weighted him down. His lungs ached for him…

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The Dreamer

Jake always loved sleeping under the stars.  He would prop himself up against a tree for as long as he could, counting them in the sky.  Sometimes he would see a shooting star, or maybe even two.  He often wondered what it would be like to ride one as it raced across the heavens.  Finally…

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The Defining Moment

The servant of a faraway king, stood before King Hezekiah, shouting for all the people to hear, “Listen up you people.  Your king can not save you.  Your army is defeated.  There is no hope.  You will die in the streets and your children along with you.  Lay down your arms.  Even your God can…

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Locked Out

Peter walked around the corner of the building.  The doors were locked and the windows securely latched.  He didn’t really think he could get in, but he had to try.  The people inside were stressed to the point of panic.  Obviously they had secured the building.  What he didn’t expect was the little girl’s eyes…

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