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    Get Organized—For Good

    Lots of folks are talking about tidying up these days. And January seems to be the month when doing so is especially on our minds. While we’re at it, why not dispose of items in a way that benefits some ministries or minimizes the effect of used goods on landfills? Here are a few options to get us started:  ·      Used Bibles and Christian literature. "Love Packages" recycles Bibles, Sunday school materials, VBS literature, and tracts. Ship yours to Love Packages, 220 Union Street, Butler, IL 62015.   ·      Technology. Take used books and DVDs to your church library or resale shop. Some electronics stores pay for phones—giving more cash for items with…

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    Recycling for Impact

    With a new year and a new teaching semester upon me, I felt the need for a less cluttered home. A lot of stuff accumulated over the past few months, and I needed to clear it out. But I also wanted to dispose of items in a way that would benefit others or at least have the least effect on the local landfill. Here’s what I discovered. Used Bibles and Christian literature. I contacted the Bible League about donating my teen’s kiddie Bibles, and they sent me to Love Packages (lovepackages dot org). This ministry has a wonderful video posted on YouTube that takes viewers on a tour of the…

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    Create in Me a Green Heart

    My pa-in-law is a meteorologist with the U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the past he’s voted both Republican and Democrat. And he’s served as a deacon in a Bible Church. So he’s an interesting person to ask about environmental concerns. He used to say humans haven’t kept records for long enough to convince him that global warming is a manmade issue. Yet now he says we must do something. Immediately. He asks, “What can it hurt us to conserve, just in case?”  In the interest of full disclosure, you should know I’m a fifth-generation Oregonian. So thirty years ago when I wrote for my school paper, I…