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When the Banner Remains at Half-Staff

When the Banner Remains at Half-Staff

There seems to be a phenomenon taking place lately that I’ve never noticed prior to this current season in our nation. Passing by businesses and federal buildings that fly the American flag I’ve noticed more often that emblem is being flown at half-staff. I’ve always observed the various places the flag has been proudly displayed. From municipality’s town hall to individual’s homes to the local McDonald’s, there it is, beautifully displayed. But more often than not, the grand, high-flying flag...

Mulch

Mulch

In the summers during my college years, I worked multiple jobs…to pay for college. One of them was a landscaping gig that I did for one of my friends. He worked his tail off, and when I worked for him, he made me work my tail off. We’d go so late into the night we had to mow with flashlights. I’m not kidding.

One week, my friend went on vacation and left me to mulch this office park all by myself....

Unconditional Honor

Unconditional Honor

Honor is a major key to sustain a love for others without ever holding offense. When speaking of love, 1Corinthians 13 says it “believes all things.” I believe this is foundational to uphold honor amongst all relationships and living a life free from offense. To believe all things toward people means that we believe the good in them rather than assuming the bad; taking people for their word rather than assuming they are liars; giving benefit of the doubt at...

Tax Collectors and Hate

Tax Collectors and Hate

In my daily Scripture reading, I just finished up the gospels. As I read, I kept seeing something that both made me laugh and think more deeply about its meaning. Here are a few examples:

Luke 7:28-31 – I tell you, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of God is greater than he is!” When they heard this, all the people—even the tax collectors—agreed that God’s way was right,...

My Bible, My Life

My Bible, My Life

Being given an NIV, Thompson Chain Reference Bible 37 years ago (I believe it was just about April also, but since I tend to miss details, I have no recollection of the date) began a lifelong discovery of mysteries that would be revealed day after day, year after year, and I am confident will go on into eternity. There is no bottom to the ocean of realities that the Lord speaks to me on a regular basis, wave after wave....

10 Year Plan

10 Year Plan

I was in class last Friday. I love this class. I’ve taken it five times. This is my sixth. I’m still learning. The teacher has two PhDs. He makes your head hurt. But like John Cougar Mellencamp says, “It hurts so good.”

The coolest thing for me is that many years ago, I was this guy’s Young Life leader. I was there when he turned his life over to Jesus. Now, he is teaching me about him. It gives me chills...

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