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Too Blessed to be Stressed!

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The Apostle Paul had this attitude: “I can’t lose for winning!” I can just hear him, “Heads I win, Tails I win!” The book of Philippians has been called the “Letter of Laughter”, a “Manual of Joy.” It has been estimated that Paul spent at least twenty five percent of his life in jail and yet his joy was contagious. I think while he was in prison he wore a shirt and on the front it read “I am Bound but Blessed” and on the back it read “Shacked but Sure”. They should sell these at Lifeway! Read more »

“The Storm of Your Life”

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We have all been there! Maybe it was that one phone call that you never wanted to get. Possibly it was the pink slip that was handed to you by your boss. For some it was unrequited affection. You heard those words you never thought you would hear. “I don’t love you anymore!” You wake up one day and you are in the storm of your life. Read more »

“Don’t Worry! Be Happy!”

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This is something that we all struggle with from time to time. Many say, “Will I have enough money to retire on?” Others are like, “Will I have enough money to feed my family tonight?” Some say, “Will I get that promotion at work?” Still others question, “Will I get that job so I can work?” Read more »

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness…

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, said in part, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness…” He was born in Florida in 1835, and as an adult had the opportunity to travel extensively around the world. This American author and humorist was able to communicate with an amazing richness when he put pen to paper, because of the wealth of experience he gained through globetrotting. Read more »

Making Your Life Count

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I just finished reading Robert D. Smith’s book entitled “20,000 Days and Counting.” It was a quick read and I was able to mine several gems from the just over one hundred pages. In his book he encourages the reader to visit his website (THEROBERTD.COM) and use the 20,000 Days Calculator. I did as he recommended and discovered that I have been alive 17,840 days…and counting.

Many of these 17,840 days I do not remember and some I would rather forget. There have been a lot of exciting days. I will never forget the day of my salvation (Day 2644). Our wedding day (Day 7391) stands out as the second most important day. There was the special day (Day 8378) in the spring of 1987 and another special day (Day 10,765) in the fall of 1993. On these days our sons were born. Read more »

Do Over

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“Do Over, Do Over!”  I called, “DO OVER.” I remember growing up and playing basketball, football, tennis, freeze tag, and king of the hill. I was Kareem Abdul Jabbar even though I was only five feet tall. I was O.J. Simpson before…well anyway. I was Jimmy Conners and W.D. Pate (He was our neighborhood stud that was the best freeze tagger and he was definitely king of our hill).  In every one of these back yard sports we had this unwritten rule. It was called, “Do Over”. Looking back, it did not make a lick of sense. For some reason it was only used a few times in each game and for some unknown reason we never argued the right of anyone to call, “Do Over”. It was just accepted. Read more »