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Magic Mirror on the Wall…

Magic Mirror on the Wall…

“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” is a phrase that we have all heard. It’s a phrase that the evil queen speaks in the 1937 Disney film Snow White. She is seeking assurances from the magic mirror that she is the most beautiful woman in the...

Control (or the lack of)

Control (or the lack of)

There are times in my life where it seems like life itself is out of control. Many may not know it, but there are certain things in my life that I like to control. Some things I feel I am a control freak about may not seem like a big deal: the need to be in the...

One Thing Too Many

One Thing Too Many

There are few things that drive us crazier than a coworker that can’t handle pressure or someone not following through on a promise. Ours is a “pick yourself up by the bootstraps” society that honors self-reliance and personal discipline. We definitely expect it in...

I’m retired…

I’m retired…

You’ve reached that milestone called retirement. Once a far-off future event, but no more. No longer are you a slave to the time clock or paycheck. For many of us retirement means we can choose what to do, when to do it, and how. What are your plans for replacing that...

THE GOSPEL. THE POWER OF GOD.

THE GOSPEL. THE POWER OF GOD.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” -1 Corinthians 1:18 The message of the cross - the Gospel. Jesus Christ, the Son of God was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, suffered...

Young Prayers

Young Prayers

Preschool-aged children are my favorite. I know I am supposed to love all the kids equally, but I just can’t help preferring the honest and clueless 3-to-5-year-olds. They are excited to learn about almost any topic, and then will tell you about the time their brother...

Hearing God

Hearing God

I have three children--all under five years old. One aspect of growing up is learning the social skills needed to get by. One such skill that my wife and I are trying to teach our eldest is that it is rude not to reply when someone is speaking to you. Our daughter...

A Resolution Worth Keeping

A Resolution Worth Keeping

Several years ago Tara (my wife) discovered an idea that was a bit different than the traditional New Year’s resolution. Instead of a list of impossible goals, she chose one word that would be a focus for the year. Some of those words have been kindness, happy, joy,...

Another Theory of History

Another Theory of History

There is a “great man” theory in history. The theory goes something like this: the path of history is molded and changed by the rise of certain “great men” who, by the sheer power of their wills, change the direction of cultures and empires. We picture men like Julius...

Picked Last at Recess

Picked Last at Recess

Picked Last at Recess As a kid growing up in school I looked forward to two parts of my day . . . lunch and recess. I really don’t know why I looked forward to either. Lunch was seldom a gourmet experience. Recess was a combination of anticipation and anxiety. The...