2010

Peace On Earth

It’s a phrase that’s tossed around a lot at Christmastime, and well it should be.  It was at the very HEART of the initial Christmas announcement and message.  When the “multitude of the heavenly host” joined the original announcing angel in proclaiming the birth of Christ, this was a key component of their message.  For…

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Home For Christmas

The phrase of title means SO many different things to So many different people.  It’s been quoted again and again across the years, and has been incorporated into various songs and poems.  It stirs memories – both good and bad, as well as elicits anticipations – both negative and positive.  It seems that being “Home For Christmas”…

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To Be .. or Not To Be?

We’ve all heard the  little statement that’s often made about someone who thinks a bit too highly of himself.  “If you could buy him for what he’s worth, and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you could make a nice profit!”  🙂 That statement makes the point and also has a nice touch of…

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The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

In Psalm 116 : 12 the Psalmist asks the question, “What shall I give to the Lord for all His benefits to me?”  (In other words, “How can I rightly & properly ‘pay God back’ for all He’s done for, and given to, me?”) The first, (& most important) answer he gives to his own…

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Pride & Thanks

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the horrible nature and results of selfish pride.  God is SO clear in His warnings about and against it.  As a matter of fact, He cites it FIRST in the list of 7 things that He hates and dubs “an abomination unto Him.”  (Proverbs 6 : 16 – 19) Among the many detrimental…

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Pictures of Silver

Proverbs 25 : 11 states, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” There’s a “word” that been circulating throughout “e-mail land” for several months.  I know we ALL get a bit weary of all the “forwards” that are so easily, & endlessly sent to us via the Internet.   But even though…

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Potential

One of the best-known quotes from Michelangelo, the great 16th-century Italian painter, author, poet, and sculptor is, “I saw the angel in the marble, and carved til I set him free!”  Many have repeated that quote in trying to encourage others to realize their POTENTIAL and remember that “within EVERY block of marble, there IS a beautiful figure…

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It’s ALL about The HOME

Listening to the radio a couple days ago, I heard christian leadership guru, John Maxwell, share a quick syllogism that included a subject that is never far from my mind.  That subject is “The HOME!”   Seldom does a day go by but that I’m strongly (sometimes radically) reminded that it’s ALL about The HOME!  (Of course, it’s…

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FOCUS

I’ve been thinking about “FOCUS” lately.  (At least I was till I got distracted, and preoccupied with something else)! That’s what seems to happen more often than I like.  I’ll really be focused in on something, then a DISTRACTION will beckon and, before I realize it, the DISTRACTION has turned into a DETOUR, and eventually I become aware that the DETOUR…

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Patience & Commitment? – Yes! Baseball? – Not THIS Year! :-(

Well, if you read last week’s blog you know how pumped I was that my beloved Reds were back in the play-offs!   I was SO excited!!  However, if you’re a major-league baseball fan, I don’t need to say another word.  You already KNOW how I’m feeling about those Reds now.  I’ll tell you this much,…

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