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Selflessness

Selflessness

words by: Kevin Bille   Hey what’s the good word! Selflessness. Thinking of self-less and others more. As I like to say, less of me and more of we. It's so...

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray

words by: Merissa A. Alink   While I’m not a big fan of hand sanitizer, since it can be drying to your hands and it usually just smells bad, I can understand that it...

A Radical Kind of Love

A Radical Kind of Love

words by: Norita Yoder   Women who chose to be rebaptized during the Reformation, were making a conscious decision to follow a path that veered sharply away from the...

Selflessness

Resilience

words by: Kevin Bille   Hey what’s the good word! Resilience. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear that word? To me, it’s everything. It’s the...

Homemade Mixes

Homemade Mixes

words by: Merissa A. Alink   You know that boxed pasta mix that you buy at the store to go with beef, chicken, or even tuna? Yes, you know what I mean…I call it the...

Galley Slaves and Moving

Galley Slaves and Moving

words by: Marcus A. Yoder   By the middle of the 1600s, the public execution of Anabaptists had come to a complete stop, but there was still persecution. Certain areas...

Selflessness

Attitude

words by: Kevin Bille   Hey what’s the good word! Attitude: the capacity to stay positive and optimistic despite the circumstances. I want to take a dive under the hood...

Homemade Bug Spray

Homemade Bug Spray

words by: Merissa A. Alink   We are gearing up for bug season here… mosquitoes, ticks, and creepy crawlers! It is good to be prepared with a natural solution to help...

Bamba Forge

Bamba Forge

written by: Elaine Tomski   “What are you going to be when you grow up?” Tim Troyer’s father asked him this question when Tim was barely four years old.  Without...

A Walk Turned Steeply Upward

A Walk Turned Steeply Upward

written by: Norita Yoder   The walk begins easily, through a grassy meadow on a picturesque farm east of Zurich, Switzerland, in the foothills of the Alps. Follow the...

Selflessness

Focus

words by: Kevin Bille   Hey what’s the good word! Focus. First, let’s define what it is. The dictionary says focus is ‘a center of activity, attraction, or attention; a...

Gardener’s Hand Scrub

Gardener’s Hand Scrub

words by: Merissa A. Alink   Gardening time is one of my favorite times of the year, but it always leaves my hands looking rather rough, brown, or even stained with...

Forest of Hope

Forest of Hope

words by: Elaine Starner   ––––––––––– Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, All are precious in His sight,...

Selflessness

Control

words by: Kevin Bille   Hey what’s the good word! Control: To control or not to control, that is the question. Being able to differentiate between things we can control...

Chocolate Muffin Mix

Chocolate Muffin Mix

words by: Merissa A. Alink   There is just something about a chocolate muffin that makes it so much more tempting to me than all of the rest. I have a feeling that...

The Miracle of Transformation

The Miracle of Transformation

by: Karen Raber   Do you remember the miracle Jesus performed when his friend Lazarus passed away? Jesus had arrived on the scene, several days after the burial, to...

Uncommon Courage

Uncommon Courage

  by: Norita Yoder   The courage it took for women such as Felix Manz’s mother to choose re-baptism fades against the canvas of Anabaptist history unless we shine...

Selflessness

Meet Kevin Bille

words by: Kevin Bille   Hey what’s the good word! I’m the newest member of our staff here at Plain Values, joining in mid-October 2019, and I couldn’t be happier to be...

The Gift of Words

The Gift of Words

by: Karen Raber Imagine for a moment that you are six years old. You long for a pet dog, love french-fries, and like Berenstain Bear books. But you are stuck with a...

“In the Home of Felix Manz’s Mother”

“In the Home of Felix Manz’s Mother”

by: Norita Yoder   On the night of January 21, 1525, the bite of wind might have seemed especially cold as it whipped down the cobblestone street of Neustadtgasse that...

An Open Door for Lost Sparrows

An Open Door for Lost Sparrows

by: Elaine Tomski   An open door is a welcomed invitation. But what if entering means walking into darkness? What if stepping through the door brings difficulty? What...

The Anabaptist World of 1800

The Anabaptist World of 1800

by: Marcus A. Yoder   Sometimes in the study of history, it becomes necessary to step back and look at the bigger picture. Our view is often very narrow, and we lose...

Choice Books: A Message of Hope

Choice Books: A Message of Hope

by: Elaine Tomski   You may think a company with the name Choice Books is all about books. Wrong. Choice Books (CB) is all about John, Nancy, Sue, and a young Muslim...

Vision 2020: Execution

Vision 2020: Execution

In this small business strategy workshop for your multi-generational team, you will learn what it means to execute effectively.

Whitetail Heritage: Hunting Down Antlers

Whitetail Heritage: Hunting Down Antlers

By: Karen Raber I would never have guessed that the term “deer hunting” would one day evoke pleasant memories. If someone had asked me a year ago to rate my interest in...

The Shoe That Grows

The Shoe That Grows

by: Karen Raber   The desert air lies heavy with dust churned by thousands of tired, marching feet. God’s chosen people, the Israelites, travel through the wilderness....

Extraordinary Answers to Prayer

Extraordinary Answers to Prayer

By: Elaine Tomski   Ordinary people whisper prayers to a Father who loves to delight His children. He honors our persistent prayers. And at times, He does so in...

Bug Bites and Blanketeers

Bug Bites and Blanketeers

by: Karen Raber   It was a simple blanket, really. Nothing fancy or extraordinary could be noted about it. But to the little one clutching it, it was anything but...

Amish in the Equine Industry

Amish in the Equine Industry

Three Reasons to market to the Amish If you are in the equine industry you probably already have Amish clientele. They are likely even some of your biggest clients. They...

Water. By Design.

Water. By Design.

By: Phil Barkman   Wasser, agua, voda, vesi, dlo, maji, amanzi, H2O. These words all refer to the same thing: water. (In case you’re interested, that is, in order:...

Welker Farms: A Land of Increase

Welker Farms: A Land of Increase

by: Elaine Tomski   How much horsepower does it take to work an Amish farm of 80 acres? Depending on the task, anywhere from two to eight horses will get the job done....

Amish and the Medical Industry

Amish and the Medical Industry

The key to reaching cash-paying customers Since the health and medical industry has learned it can be a win-win to have prompt-pay customers-- clinics, hospitals, and...

V.I.P. Camp

V.I.P. Camp

by: Elaine Tomski How grateful we are for an Almighty God who placed the sun, moon, and stars in the sky. He created just the right light for our days and nights. But, do...

The House That Love Built

The House That Love Built

By: Karen Raber   Sometimes, we discover good things through our sad experiences. Sometimes, trials bring us face to face with love. And, sometimes, a ray of hope...

The Wind That Changed Our World

The Wind That Changed Our World

by: Esther Stoltzfus   We had a visitor last month named Michael. It wasn’t the archangel Michael. And no, Michael was not the visit of a dearly loved cousin, uncle, or...

Breaking into the Amish Marketplace

Breaking into the Amish Marketplace

The Amish Marketplace The Amish are suddenly hitting the radars of businesses everywhere. They are one of the fastest-growing people groups in the U.S. today. Right now,...

More Than a Shoebox

More Than a Shoebox

by: Sue Wengerd She stands there, list in hand, looking at the shelves loaded with every imaginable kind of item. A turn of her head and as far as the eye can see, there are...

FamilyLife

FamilyLife

Written By: Elaine Tomski What does a horse have in common with a husband and a wife? Isn't this an unusual question? However, the answer is not a bit strange. In addition...

Mission: Deliver

Mission: Deliver

Adventures of an Alaskan Aviator for Christ by: Elaine Tomski   Have you ever imagined soaring like an eagle? How would it feel to have nothing but warm sun on your...

Operation Silent Night

Operation Silent Night

by: Elaine Tomski   He dozed in a rock-hard feeding trough lined with hay stubble. The night was cool, the stable dark. The pungent odor of manure fragranced the intake...

Show Hope

Show Hope

by: Elaine Tomski One child. What can one child do? As Emily waved goodbye to the needy children of Haiti, she knew she had to do something. Emily and her mom, Mary Beth,...

One Shoebox at a Time

One Shoebox at a Time

By: Elaine Tomski “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” - Mark 16:15 Sharing the Gospel is the high calling of every person who knows Christ....

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