How To Change A Negative Outlook to Positive

How To Change A Negative Outlook to Positive

With reports of the latest terrorist attack, volcano eruptions, tornados and other violent storms, global warming, a political system that seems caught in an endless impasse and drug addiction on the increase, life can seem filled with negativity.   Our society can be...

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A Job Well Done And Its Unexpected Reward

A Job Well Done And Its Unexpected Reward

Many of us are familiar with the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25.14-29. In this parable, a master gave three servants varying amounts of money to take care of while he was away. The first two servants used their funds to advance their master’s holdings,...

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But Still … Two Ways To Surrender Disappointment

But Still … Two Ways To Surrender Disappointment

After living in my house for 30 years, my 60-year-old kitchen finally got the update it desperately needed. The knotty pine cabinets and custom linoleum floor were in style at least seven styles ago!   As one of the final steps in the kitchen renovation, we replaced...

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Realizing Being Popular Isn’t All It Promises To Be

Realizing Being Popular Isn’t All It Promises To Be

In grade school, I was never one of the popular girls. I wanted to be, but… Then one day in eighth grade all my school shirts were dirty and Mom let me wear a white blouse. She wouldn’t let me wear white regularly because it got dirty too easily. On that particular...

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Love Of Money And The Image Of God

Love Of Money And The Image Of God

What would you do if you were offered an annual bonus of $3.6 million? Would your first reaction be that it was not enough?   Sam Polk’s memoir For the Love of Money is a fascinating read. Polk writes about his rise to senior trader at one of the largest hedge funds...

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A Remarkable Truth About God’s Spoken Word In The World

A Remarkable Truth About God’s Spoken Word In The World

And God spoke all these words … Exodus 20.1     God spoke the world into existence. The universe and all of creation are the result of words God spoke. Yet when it came to our obedience, He did not speak that into existence. Instead, He gave us commandments and leaves...

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How To Break The Toxic Habit Of Judging People

How To Break The Toxic Habit Of Judging People

As the Sunday sermon began, I became quite distracted. Several minutes later when I had separate myself from the distractions and focused on the sermon, I felt like the preacher was talking far more forcefully than necessary. He also seemed to be missing the real...

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Judge Softly

Contrary to popular opinion, the proverb not to judge another before walking a mile in another persons moccasins or shoes does not come from Native Americans. Rather it originates in a poem written in 1895 by Mary T. Lathrap and focuses on our penchant for making...

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My Remarkable New Insight Into The Power Of The Cross

My Remarkable New Insight Into The Power Of The Cross

When we set out on a family outing, I would not have guessed the small town of Leakey (pronounced Lay-kee), Texas would be the origin of a spiritual insight regarding the power of the cross of Christ. God speaks in ways we often don’t imagine and can’t conceive before...

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Its Never Too Late To Be Thankful

Its Never Too Late To Be Thankful

As Easter approaches, my thoughts go back about 15 years to a missed opportunity to be thankful. A boss, who may not have been completely in touch with her employees, decided to host an Easter egg hunt. I was filled with dread as this sort of activity is not in my...

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