3-Week Series: Double Blessing

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In CONSPIRACY OF KINDNESS, Steve Sjogren (pronounced “SHOW-GREN”) tells the true story of Joe Delaney and his eight-year-old son, Jared, who were playing catch in their backyard.

“Jared asked, ‘Dad, is there a God?’

“Joe replied that he went to church only a few times when he was a kid; he really had no idea.

“Jared ran into the house. ‘I’ll be right back!’ he yelled.

“Moments later he returned with a helium balloon from the circus, a pen, and an index card. ‘I’m going to send God an airmail message,’ Jared explained: ‘Dear God,’ wrote Jared, ‘if You are real, and You are there, send people who know you to Dad and me.’

“‘God, I hope You’re watching,’ Joe thought, as they watched the balloon and message sail away.

“Two days later, Joe and Jared pulled into a wash sponsored by Sjogren’s church. When Joe asked, ‘How much?’ Sjogren answered, ‘It’s free. No strings attached. We just want to show God’s love in a practical way.’

“‘Are you guys Christians, the kind of...

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