INTRODUCTION For years, friends have asked, “When are you going to write your story? My answer thus far has been, “Oh! Sometime when I’m caught up with all the other priorities.” Since I’ve already written the biography of my parents in a two-volume set entitled, Shiny Shoes on Dusty Paths, and since I’ve squeezed in […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

To our Friends and Loved Ones At the close of this year of our Lord, 2015 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me” (Psalm 66:16). Challenge: Brussels Alert This Christmas season struck the Mahars with a staggering impact as it coincided with the terrorist […]

11-The Mystery of Childhood

Children in the Bible Part 11: Daniel and his friends Daniel, along with other captive children, had been walking all day long in the heat of the desert, and they were all getting very tired, hungry and thirsty. Most, like Daniel, were hurting inside because each step they’d walked took them further and further away from their […]

9-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children of the Bible Part 9: Manasseh Manasseh was born to good King Hezekiah who loved him and taught him about the true God. Alas, when the young prince was only twelve years old, his Dad died and he suddenly became the new king. At this time strange things were happening. Some were good, […]

5-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE Part 5: David Remember the story of Samuel and how he grew to be a great leader. He didn’t sit on a throne or wear a crown as most kings do, but he was a ruler and teacher for the people of God. He was also called a prophet because […]

4-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting CHILDREN IN THE BIBLE Part 4: Samuel God’s people had lived happily in Egypt for long time and were happy. But sadly everything suddenly changed. A new Pharaoh—who was like a king—ruled the country and he did not like the people of God. God saw what was happening and decided they should leave Egypt. He called Moses to lead […]

3-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible Part 3: Moses Joseph was happy to have his family close to him in Egypt, and as the years went by and the little children grew up and became Mommies and Daddies in their turn, the family got bigger and bigger and soon there were many grandpas and grandmas, and […]

2-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible Part 2: Joseph A young boy named Joseph, who lived in Canaan, was next to the youngest son of a man called Jacob who owned many sheep and goats. He had a younger brother called Benjamin and ten older brothers who took care of their Dad’s animals by protecting them […]

The Walls of Matende Church Rise…

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.—John Newton A Series of reports on the Summer 2014 CongoTrip The following is a series of reports from my brother, Clement (Bud) Kroeker, regarding his efforts in Congo this summer of […]


The Day of Christ’s crucifixion was the most dramatic day in the history of the world. On it hung the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies and the sacrificial system with its types and promises. It was on that day and hour that the ultimate destiny of each person on earth throughout history hung. On that day Jesus—the Son of God— was crucified. Why? Because He loved us … Death is not final. Instead it is the guarantee of life everlasting.