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How resilient are you, and how do you handle failure?

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I hope the Super Bowl is not a blow-out. I like watching a close game, or seeing a great comeback victory. The Seattle-Green Bay playoff game was a classic. The Seattle Seahawks, plagued by turnovers, were down 19-14 with around four minutes to go.

It was rainy and cold and the Packers had outplayed the Seahawks all afternoon. Then quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to two dramatic scores and a three-point lead; then the Packers tied it with Mason Crosby’s fifth field goal, sending the game into overtime. Read More»

Healthy teeth, fit body and spiritual direction

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I visited the dentist last week and commented to my hygienist about the timing of my appointment. I’m getting my teeth cleaned right after eating all these Christmas sweets. My mouth must be full of sugar. Thankfully, no cavities, but one thing led to another.

She told me about a mother who gave her boys very little sugar. They couldn’t have candy, but they could have as many goldfish crackers as they wanted throughout the day. Turns out, the crackers were sticking to their teeth, the carbohydrates were turning to sugar, and the sugar was doing a number on their teeth. Read More»

Life is a gift and time is a treasure

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Several years ago, Tom Heymann wrote a book entitled In An Average Lifetime. I’m sure the stats are a little dated now, but it’s still interesting to think about what happens in an average lifetime.

He shared that the average American lives to be 74.9 years old and earns $1.2 million. The average American drives 413,226 miles, and sits in traffic for nine months. In an average lifetime, we spend 49 hours seeing doctors, and 64 hours waiting to see them. Read More»

What’s on God’s Christmas list?

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One Utah mother got so fed up with her three boys’ sense of entitlement, self-centeredness and poor attitude that she cancelled their Christmas this year.

Or, at least, their materialistic version. Lisa Henderson wrote, “We have not cancelled putting up decorations, celebrating the birth of our Savior, or any of our other heartwarming traditions. But we have cancelled presents, Santa, and stockings.” Read More»

Don’t miss the message of Christmas

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In September, the Marshfield, Massachusetts, School Committee voted 3-2 to change “Christmas Break” to “Holiday Break.” The traditionalists didn’t take too kindly to that action. So more than 4,000 residents signed a petition asking the committee to reconsider.

That request was the focus of a special meeting last Monday night. The debate lasted two hours, and school leaders voted to keep the name “Holiday Break.”

On our county’s school calendar, we have Thanksgiving stamped across Nov. 24-28, but Semester Break designated for Dec. 22 - Jan. 2. Read More»

Fellowship is a gift that must be enriched

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On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, NASA launched its unmanned rocket Antares that was tasked with bringing supplies to the International Space Station. Six seconds after take-off, Antares suffered a “catastrophic anomaly” and exploded.

One early newscast suggested that the rocket was veering off course and that scientists on the ground destroyed it. But that report was inaccurate.

NASA doesn’t know what happened, and it may take six months to a year to find out. But when I heard that report, my mind jumped to churches that I’m aware are struggling with conflict and internal strife. Read More»

Are you a forgiving person?

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A lady became ill and checked into the hospital for tests. The results came back and the doctor walked into her room and said, “Ma’am, I’m afraid I have some bad news. You have rabies. You better make out your will as soon as possible.”

He left her and several hours later stopped by again. He saw a paper filled out with numerous names listed and said, “You must have a lot of people you want to remember in your will.”

The lady said, “Oh, I haven’t started my will. This is a list of people I’m going to bite as soon as I get out of here.” Read More»

Praying for your ministers expresses great appreciation

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Three preachers were having lunch at the local diner, when one said, “You know, I’m having a lot of trouble with bats in the church attic. I’ve tried everything, but nothing seems to scare them off.”

The second said, “We’re having trouble, too. I’ve had hundreds living in my belfry. I even had the place fumigated, but I can’t get rid of them.”

The third said, “We’ve had lots of bats, also, at our place, but I found the solution. I baptized all of mine, made them church members, and they all disappeared. I haven’t seen a one since they joined.” Read More»

Braves’ letdown reminds us of life’s reality

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Growing up, my Mom used to tell us boys, “Don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed.”

I guess we Braves fans expect too much. The successful run of the 1990s and early 2000s spoiled us, and now we feel the Braves let us down when they don’t make the playoffs.

This season’s September meltdown was downright disappointing, if not disastrous. Glancing at empty stands during television broadcasts in the final month, a lot of people obviously had the same feelings. Read More»

How important are people to you?

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Bubba was always bragging about people he knew. One day his boss confronted Bubba and said, “Bubba, it’s impossible for someone to know all the people you claim to know.”

Bubba said, “Well, name someone, anyone.”

The boss wanted to prove his point, so he said, “How about Tom Cruise?”

Bubba said, “Oh, yes, Tom and I know each other well.” Read More»