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A life worth imitating


Do you have a life worth imitating? I was at a gathering of church leaders when I was first challenged with that question. Like many of you, I am driven. I tend to work to a point of exhaustion, neglect ...

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Lame changer

Alan Oliviera

Alan Oliviera stood on the medal stand with his gold medal firmly between his teeth, flashing a winning smile as broad as the Amazon River of his homeland, Brazil. He had earned the title of fastest double amputee in the ...

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Not just a moment


When I was 13, my mom died. The last interaction I had with her when she was conscious was awkward. I brought all my 13-year-old angst to the conversation. I never had the chance to speak with her after that. ...

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Beyond Google love

Google love

We live in a world obsessed with love. It’s hard to read a book or watch a movie or even listen to a song that isn’t somehow about love. A common phrase on the Internet is so bold as to ...

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Stumbling in the dark

Stumbling in the dark

My mornings begin in darkness. I’m up at 5:00 a.m. For some of you, you roll over and see your clock at 5:00 a.m. and think, “I have two or three more hours of sleep.” I see it and think, ...

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Fear not: He has overcome the world…and the news


On a recent broadcast, Shepard Smith of Fox News took to task what he called the “hysterical voices” that are spreading fear and panic over Ebola in the United States. After telling viewers that “You should have no concerns about ...

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Forgiveness: The power of a single word


Over the past 40 years I cannot grasp the numbers of people that have asked for counseling. So often in hearing the struggles of San Diegans there are themes I can pick out. These themes and patterns of problems and ...

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Colliding with God


I’m not the most coordinated person in the world. I can trip over my own two feet just as easily as I can trip over an object in my path. There’s a good reason for it. I have “athletically challenged ...

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Achieving meaningless #purpose

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) ““I am so busy these days” is a phrase I hear—and use–a lot lately. Life is full. I am a husband, father, ...

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