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Communications guide — just in time for Valentine’s Day

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A wife returned home from work and found her husband sitting in his favorite chair totally absorbed in the local newspaper. After rummaging around in the kitchen for awhile, she said, “Honey, I read today that men speak 2,000 words a day and women 4,000 words each day.”

In a low growl he muttered, “Uh-huh, I wonder why that is?” He continued to be preoccupied with the paper.

After a pause, she said, “I guess it’s due to the fact that women have to repeat everything twice to their husbands.” Read More»

Today may be rough, but God is good, all the time

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Several years ago, I shared one of my more embarrassing moments with our Sunday evening congregation. I locked my keys in my car. In all of my years of driving, and of all the other dumb things I’ve ever done, I’ve prided myself in the fact that I’ve never locked my keys in my car (I have to admit I’ve done it one other time since). I always make sure that I have my keys in my hand or in my pocket before I close the car door. The crazy thing was, I didn’t just lock my keys in the car. I also left the motor running. Read More»

New year brings optimism, challenge, opportunity for growth

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The savvy, creative experts in the advertising industry understand the impact of key words in getting consumers’ attention. Can you guess their favorite word used most often in advertising campaigns? It’s not sale, or clearance. It’s the little word new. Read More»

How do we come to Christmas?

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I recently heard a newscast that reported Americans are spending about $20 less per person this year than last year on Christmas gifts. Our average this year is about $680.

Then the newscaster said that 31 percent of Americans feel they are worse off economically this year than last. That same day, a news article found its way to my inbox with the headline, “Study Says Recession Catching Up to Churches.” Read More»

Watch for God’s wonderful Christmas surprises

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What would you say is the biggest Christmas surprise you ever experienced? If you believe the TV commercials, someone is going to walk out their front door Christmas morning, and a shiny new Lexus will be parked there with a red bow on top. Surprise!

Last Christmas, Mike Simon of Mundy Township, Mich., surprised his wife with her 3,800-square-foot “dream home” on Christmas day. After opening presents, the family loaded up to go to brunch, and Mike intentionally drove his family by this house that his wife had been admiring and had been calling her “dream home.” Read More»

Thanksgiving more than a holiday, but a way of life

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A Baptist minister was summoned to the bedside of a Presbyterian woman who was quite ill. As he went up the walk towards the house, he met the little daughter running toward him and said, “I’m glad your mother remembered me in her time of illness. Is your minister out of town?”

The little girl replied, “No, he’s at home, but we thought it was something contagious and we didn’t want to expose him to it so we called you.”

The Thanksgiving holiday exposes us to something that should be contagious, and that’s a heart of gratitude. Read More»

The gift of laughter

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A Texas kindergarten teacher was helping one of her students put on his cowboy boots. He had asked for help, and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn’t want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.” She looked, and sure enough, they were. Read More»

Real men love their wives, and they say it

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New neighbors moved in across the street from this couple, and the wife started watching these newcomers. Every evening she looked out the window and noticed the husband come home after work. She couldn’t miss the fact that nearly every night, this man would bring home flowers or a little gift for his lady.

She’d run greet him as he got out of the car, and he’d hand her a gift. They’d kiss and hug and then walk in the house and close the door behind them. Read More»

October is Clergy Appreciation Month

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Are you appreciating your staff?

Since 1994, the folks at Focus on the Family have led churches to emphasize “Clergy Appreciation Month” and show appreciation to their pastors and staff year round, but especially during the month of October.

Why? Because it’s biblical. The apostle Paul wrote in I Timothy 5:17, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” Read More»

Do you have a perfect marriage? Or a fireproof marriage?

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A man and his nagging wife went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, “You can have her buried here in the Holy Land for $150, or we can have her shipped back to the states for $5,000.”

The husband thought about it, and told the undertaker he would have her shipped back home. The undertaker asked him, “Why would you spend $5,000 to have her shipped home when you could have a beautiful burial here, and it would only cost $150?” Read More»

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