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The fine art of appreciation | Mark Larson

I have come to realize that there is much to be appreciated about the word “appreciation.” In today’s culture it’s often used casually and without thought, making it lose meaning. If we consider the word in full context, we are ...

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Relishing the beauty of junk


To quote from a great Charles Dickens novel, “It was best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the ...

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Saying hello has become a lost art

art of saying hello

I am being haunted by the ghost of Christmas past. Now before you say, “Mark, the holiday season was so over weeks ago,” work with me here. Instead of the usual seasonal leftovers (like bills), one thing sticks in my ...

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Escaping the comfort zone  |  Mark Larson


I’m here to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. I’ve heard that said from the pulpit more than once, when the next thing to be taught from the pastor might be a bit uncomfortable. It’s an excellent concept, you ...

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The heap of history


When I announced my recent trip to Israel, reaction included comments such as, “Is it safe over there?” or simply, “Why?!?” One of my favorites was, “Other than sand and camels, what’s there?” I decided to go for several reasons, ...

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The truth and total recall

The recent problems facing NBC News anchor Brian Williams should cause all of us to focus on a couple of key things: Truth is essential and time can sometimes make recall a bit fuzzy, if we allow it. In Williams’ ...

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Embracing life’s melodies

“Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens”… For some reason, the song “My Favorite Things” is not only a timeless show tune, but it’s also become popular during the Christmas season.  When trials come, like bee stings and bites, the singer ...

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Signs of the times


Signs, signs, everywhere the signs. There are signs of the times, signs of the seasons and “signs and wonders.” Signs are increasing in number to the point where I ask myself if we can do anything on our own anymore. ...

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The parable of the cinnamon roll

Cinnamon roll

There’s a reason why communication is enhanced through stories: They work. A compelling story will connect, engage, and enlighten. Jesus told stories, “parables,” and lives were changed—at least for those who really listened. In our day a good story still ...

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