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Snowpocolypse Postlude

Snowpocolypse Postlude

“I wish it would snow.”   How many times have you said that? Clearly, we had no idea what we were asking. We were Israelites and we got boatloads of quail.   “How are the roads?”   It’s the most often asked question since “Who shot J.R.?” And the answer...

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Baby Escapes on Moving Sidewalk

Baby Escapes on Moving Sidewalk

Mom’s hands are full. She’s speed-walking to her airport gate with a ten-year-old, a two-year-old, a stroller, and a backpack. Big girl jumps on the moving sidewalk as the toddler squeals “Me too!” Now big sis is several yards ahead as Mom picks up the baby, and...

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The Easy Sin?

The Easy Sin?

“Did you hear what she said?” “He is so self-absorbed.” “I can’t believe what she’s wearing.” We’re very skilled at criticism. It’s our nature. A good way to measure our self-esteem would be to record ourselves and see how frequently we talk about those with whom we...

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Take This Job and Love It!

Take This Job and Love It!

There was a guy at GM Shreveport in the 80’s who thought it was funny to come up behind me and yell “WHUT’RE YOO DOIN’?” I hated that guy. I know that’s wrong. I now simply recall him with some disdain, knowing God loves him and I should too. Conveniently, I haven’t...

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Mr. Should

Mr. Should

There are a lot of “shoulds” being thrown around. We all want to weigh in on what should have happened. “He should have set an example.” “They should show respect.” “This should never have happened.”   If we listen to all the shoulds, it becomes difficult to keep...

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Are You a Good Person?

Are You a Good Person?

Of course you are! (Maybe compared to most?)   But the world! A mess! So much hate. So many selfish people. So much hypocrisy! Sure, nobody’s imperfect. But we’re not THAT bad, right?   So, can we even live up to our own standards? Sadly, I can’t.   We...

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Seize the Day

Seize the Day

Give me a song over a fight. Enough darkness, give me Light. Is there a way to make things right? I’m sure trying with all my might.   But left to myself I’m oh such a mess. Inconsistent, maybe? I guess? Too much of me, I must confess. More love for you, for me a...

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Look! There’s God Again!

Look! There’s God Again!

You may feel alone, unworthy, devastated, or frustrated. Maybe you’re in mourning. You may find yourself in indescribable pain. We all have struggles, but perhaps you feel like you get more than your fair share. Isn’t it comforting to know? Even if you’re not sure the...

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My Christmas Wife

My Christmas Wife

I love her all the time, but OH. MY. GOSH. Come November, it’s on. By Thanksgiving weekend we have more lights, poinsettias, mangers, Santas, snowmen, wreaths, tinsel, holly, and ornaments than anywhere south of the Arctic circle. Most people slow down, lay back, and...

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Grandparents Know

Grandparents Know

Got kids? You know. What a life-changer! Your love levels skyrocketed! Plans changed, schedules changed, you changed!   You strive to be the best parent you can be. You’re fighting daily battles of discipline, emotional highs and lows of school/activities,...

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It’s Always Something

It’s Always Something

It’s been said you’ve either got time or money, but rarely both.   You finally get something paid off, then another major expense hits. One season is behind you, then something else comes up. It’s one thing after another. It’s always something and we scramble to...

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Not Everything is Broken

Not Everything is Broken

Ever back your car into a pole and take out a tail light? Ever do it in your WIFE’S CAR? Follow it by “helping” out with breakfast and breaking the knob off the stove. Complete the trifecta by bumping a shelf and knocking off three century-old ornaments, shattering...

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For Argument’s Sake

For Argument’s Sake

It’s been a tumultuous season: COVID, the election, the annual Christmas-music-too-soon debate. Everyone is weighing in. The world runs rife with contention. The temptation is to say “We need to speak up.”   No we don’t.   These “debates” lure us in. In the...

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Jiffy Lube Counselor

Jiffy Lube Counselor

He’s a working Joe. In fact his name is Joe. He’s the guy behind the counter at Jiffy Lube who does the stuff on your car you can’t or don’t want to do.   He not only has the technical know-how to change your oil and inspect all the important moving parts you’ve...

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Blog, Pic, and a Smile

Blog, Pic, and a Smile

Our staff was recently offered autographed David Crowder albums. My immediate response? “Sure!” One co-worker declined. “No, thanks. I’m trying to get rid of stuff.” “Get rid of stuff.” Wow! What a concept! Got any stuff? Probably more than you know. We only get a...

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Chosen

Chosen

The Chosen is an ongoing dramatic and historical account of the life of Jesus and who He is. To say it’s very well done glosses over the extensive thought, research, and presentation this fine series offers. The characters are portrayed as culturally authentic, yet...

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2020: A Tragicomedy

2020: A Tragicomedy

As we enter its final quarter, many say 2020 can’t end too soon. So, with high hopes for 2021, what will we remember about the year we wish wasn’t? Besides the obvious answers, a few facts you may not have considered. COVID, for all its tragedy, evolution, and...

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What You May Be Missing

What You May Be Missing

It was as if I felt a weight lift off of my chest and I could breathe! That’s what I experienced right in the middle of worship this past Sunday and it wasn’t because the music was “moving me.” This was the first time for Nathan, Izzy, and me to be back at church...

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Finding Your Joy

Finding Your Joy

Ever feel like you’re losing your joy? Here’s where to find it: In your innocence. When we were kids, we were carefree! As we grew up, we got discouraged, disappointed, and less joyful. Our past hurts slowly affected our thinking, making us tired and susceptible to...

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Just You and Jesus

Just You and Jesus

Do you love your kids? Of course! Thankful for your family and friends? Likely. There are a million blessings we could count. Are you so grateful you forget why? Most of us would agree God is the giver of all good things. But our lives may not show evidence of...

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