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February 27, 2007

Bill Deskins

The Holston Annual Conference lost a friend in Bill Deskins. Bill served this conference faithfully traveling to Knoxville from Tazewell, Virginia many times during a year to give leadership to our Personnel Resources Committee and to other meetings that needed and valued his input. I will miss his smile of assurance and his positive attitude about our church. In a time when most of us are prone to think about ourselves, Bill seemed to always want what was best for the cause of Christ and the church. He was a faithful Christian and a loyal United Methodist. Bill, I will miss you.

James E. Swanson, Sr.

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February 10, 2007


I am currently reading a book edited by Dr. G. Scott Morris, MD entitled "I Am the Lord Who Heals You." It is a collection of sermons by great preaching on the theme of healing, wholeness and restoration. I would recommend the reading of these sermons for pastors, lay speakers and anyone interested in the church's role in bringing about healing, wholeness and restoration in individuals and in systems.

I see so much hurt and pain in those who I come into contact with and long for the day when our churches and our ministries become safe places for people to admit their hurt and seek healing. So what do you think?

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