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Wise mothers have a way with words

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Two young children were talking with each other about “parent problems.” One complained, “First, they teach you to talk, then they teach you to walk, and as soon as you get good at talking and walking, then they tell you to sit down and be quiet.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for what my mom taught me. I was blessed to be raised in a good home with dedicated parents and am still blessed to have my mother. She has her aches and pains, but still does well as she approaches 85. Read More»

Vacation Bible School is right around the corner

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May’s approaching means the school year is almost over and churches across the county are preparing for Vacation Bible School. This concentrated time of Bible study, activity, music, crafts, recreation, refreshments and fun for children and students usually is held during a week of “summer vacation.” Times have changed and people take vacations throughout the year these days, so the emphasis should be called “Summer Bible School,” but Vacation Bible School, or VBS, is the traditional name. Read More»

Hey, sports parents, let’s remember — it’s all about the kids

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An Easter egg hunt annually attended by hundreds of children in Colorado Springs, Colo., was cancelled this year because of misbehavior. Not by the kids, but by the over zealous parents.

Last year, too many parents anxious to help their children gather plastic eggs filled with candy and store coupons jumped the ropes marking the boundaries. What was designed as a fun activity for kids turned into a fiasco of adults acting badly. Read More»

Prayer really works when we take it seriously

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John Ortberg, in The Life You’ve Always Wanted, tells about the time that Tony Campolo, the college professor, popular speaker and author, was about to address a college chapel service. Several men from the school gathered with Tony for a time of prayer before he spoke. They circled, knelt, laid hands on him and began to call out for God to bless their speaker. Read More»

God really knows us! And He’s right here with us!

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Harry was a retiree who had a daily routine that began with breakfast every morning with his buddies at the local greasy spoon. One morning, the waitresses were short-handed and service was moving slower than normal and the man was getting impatient.

“Hey, can you go ahead and bring me my coffee and breakfast?” He ordered the same thing every morning, so the waitress knew exactly what he wanted: two eggs over medium, bacon strips and grits.

His buddy across the table said, “Harry, what’s your hurry?”
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A handyman I’m not, but I’m thankful God is still building

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I was cleaning out my desk and found my “Handyman Club of America” sticker. I remember the day I received it. I usually don’t mess with junk mail, but this piece caught my eye and immediately my self-esteem received a boost.

“Your membership has been approved! You are an official member of the Handyman Club of America. Please keep what you learn here to yourself. Use your special member privileges for YOUR benefit only. Keep any free tools or equipment given to you by the club out of the hands of non-members.” Read More»

God’s promises are clear and certain

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Ann Landers told about a man who, every time he got paid, would stick $50 in a shoe box in the back of his closet. He did this for years and accumulated quite a bit of cash.

When he got sick and realized that he was reaching the end, he had a request of his wife.

“I want you to promise me something.”

“What is it?”

“I want you to promise me that when I die, you will put that shoebox of cash in my casket. I want to see if I really can take it with me.”

She said she would be sure his money was in his casket. Read More»

Two things are certain: Life’s troubles and God’s faithfulness

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A lady with a pain in her side went to see a physician. He told her she had appendicitis and must have an operation immediately.

She decided to get a second opinion and went to see another doctor. He told her she had gall bladder trouble and must have an operation immediately.

A friend asked her, “Where do you go from here?”

She answered, “Back to the first doctor. I’d rather have appendicitis.” Read More»

Time is a treasure that must be well spent

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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.
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New Year great time to setgoals for personal growth

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Someone said, “Age is a state of mind.” If age is a state of mind, then why does my back go out?

Someone else said, “You’re as young as you feel.” Some days all we feel are our aches and pains, but, hey, don’t dwell on it.

How old are you? Joel Smith suggests an “age barometer” that helps us tell how old we are by tabulating how many changes we’ve lived through. Give yourself one point for each item you remember:

• Blackjack chewing gum

• Wax, coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water

• Candy cigarettes

• Drink machines that dispensed from the top Read More»

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