Fret Not

When our daughter Naomi was a toddler, and it was time for a family outing, I would often let her play on the front porch until it was time to go. The family would pile into the car and buckle up, while I went back and forth to gather up our stuff from inside the …

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The Hurried Samaritan

I blew past someone in the need the other day on the way to a church meeting. They were on the side of the road with car trouble just ahead of me, obviously in distress, and I was running late. Sorry, no time to help. I didn’t think twice about leaving them stranded and un-helped, …

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The White Welcome Chicken of Purity

Lucky for that chicken, Duane was the one vegan on the team. We’re sitting cross-legged and tightly-packed on a straw mat inside a tiny house in this remote village of Flores, Indonesia. Our team of 12 has been warmly welcomed by Pak Bomas, the kind-hearted village chief. Bare bones infrastructure. No running water. But what these people …

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Just Jump

“Are my straps on tight enough?” “Yes, they’re fine,” Robby answers calmly, not seeming to really check.  “The important thing to remember is just relax.” “And what do I do with my hands?  Do I leave them out or fold them across my chest?” “Either way is fine.  The important thing to remember is just …

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The Decision

How We See Changes Everything   By Faith Wilson, Guest Contributor   I glanced over at the student sitting next to me. Drawing with ease, a perfectly beautiful image was emerging onto her sketch pad. She hummed contentedly as her skilled hand began to deftly shade in her masterpiece. I looked at my own sketch pad. It …

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Its Rare. Its Beautiful. Its the Secret to Living a Brilliant Life

I’ve heard the word a thousand times in a thousand different contexts. It takes many different meanings and nuances. Certain furniture is said to have it. Schools claim to teach it. We hear people lament that they can't find it any more.   Character.   What is character and why is it so essential in our quest to raise up a generation …

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Honor – Part Three

Recently I was trying to wedge my motorcycle into the tight bike parking area of our local grocery store’s parking lot. There was a tree one one side, a car on the other, and in the middle an older lady trying to get on back of a motorcycle which her daughter was driving. Before she could get …

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I Can Make You Happy…Right Now

By Paul Richardson Just saw a blurb on TV about a new book called “God Wants You Happy” by Father Jonathan Morris. Well, I’ve got GREAT news. I can save you the cost of the book, as well as the cost of a self-help seminar, or an hourly fee with a psych. Right here, right …

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Take A Walk

On the south coast of Java this past weekend, I played on a beach that is accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles or motorcycles that dare.  I guess the other way would be if you happened to be born in one of the nearby fishing villages and could walk there.   The beach is of course …

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Motel 6 vs Hotel Tugu

During past seasons when our family has done a lot of traveling in the U.S., we often have stayed in the budget motel chain, Motel 6.  With rooms starting at $39.99 and 1,100 hotels that dot the U.S. map, you can almost always find an affordable room to stay for the night. You also know …

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