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Graying covers the sandy-haired temples of the man just behind me. He fits well into the crowd in the smallish, small-town church we’re visiting for a Christmas music program. Mostly gray-hairs, blue-hairs, and no-hairs sit along the pews, though a few next-generation, jeans wearing families dot the spectator landscape. It’s Sunday morning. The preacher says, “Turn to your neighbor with […]

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Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier –Arthur C. Brooks TWENTY-FOUR years ago this past November, my wife and I married in Barcelona, Spain. Two weeks after our wedding, flush with international idealism, I had the bright idea of sharing a bit of American culture with my Spanish in-laws by cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner. Easier said than […]

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“You’re Playing that Wrong!” The emphatic exclamation came from a visitor to the weekly jam session at my friend’s house. Call my friend Todd and the visitor Randy. Tuning up for a melodic journey through the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s dance numbers, Todd struck a lick that stopped the music. Randy shot Todd a look, somewhere between shock and disgust. […]

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Stop Playing Hide and Seek Some people think God loves to play hide-and-seek. The reality shows us that He seeks and we hide. It’s our game, not His. He’s not hard to find. He promises that if we seek, Him, He will be found. So then, who’s the game player? We enjoy this Christmas season because it celebrates the great […]

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How to Beat the Downward Spiral Ever notice that people, circumstances, and influences like TV and social media bring a constant stream of pessimistic news and suggestions? People have a bad case of unbelief; it’s rare to find a true encourager. Sensationalizing every trivial event diminishes the impact of truly newsworthy events and activities, leaving us with a sour psyche […]

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