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Don’t sweat the small stuff


“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” — Jesus What if you could slow down the effects of stress and time on your body by taking a daily pill? There are no negative ...

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Dealing with grief during the holidays

holiday grief

As long as I can remember I have gone over to my parents’ home for the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day were always spent with extended family members at the old homestead. This holiday season is going to ...

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Grief, gratitude, and grace


You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy. — John 16:20. In the month of November, around Thanksgiving, I preached a sermon on the topic of gratitude. Knowing that my father was going to be among ...

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Selfie ascension


Over the holiday season we decided to visit Balboa Park with some relatives. As we were walking around I couldn’t help noticing the latest accessory to the ubiquitous mobile phone: The “Selfie Stick” attaches to your phone and allows you to ...

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Courage to take the risk

courage to take risks

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” —T. S. Eliot Susan, a good friend of mine, caught me off guard when she revealed that she might have cancer. She openly ...

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Turning the relational battleship

relationship conflict

Turning a battleship 180 degrees while moving ahead at 30 knots is no easy endeavor. The “turning circle” is the shortest distance that a warship can turn around without keeling over. Some battleships are very maneuverable with an 800-yard turning ...

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Ultimate love

God's love

Our beloved housecat died last week. Marvin the Cat was a mere 6 years old and in his prime. We heard a crash in one of the bedrooms and there he was, on the floor, taking his last breath. His ...

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The power of community

“If we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other.”— I John 1:7 My wife has a brother, Steve, who has been an alcoholic for most of his life. Given ...

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What to do with that crazy family member

Christmas pressure

Let me be Paul Revere for a moment. “Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!” Crazy Uncle Remus and Aunt Annabelle are going to be showing up at your doorstep for Christmas. What is a “normal” family to do? Craziness manifests ...

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Living in the moment

living in the moment

“This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:24 I learned many lessons about life at my first job. Rocky Home Dairy in Lakeside was a great place to ...

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