THE DUMBING DOWN of AMERICA

"You either rise up and cross the bar, or you lower the bar to cross it." Essentially, there are two ways in life to have success: 1. You get better, you compete and you excel. 2. You tear down your competition, you...

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KINDNESS

The translation of an ancient word for kindness means useful goodness. The ancient Greeks and Romans had a word chréstotés for slaves who went beyond being good. Slaves who went the extra mile to serve others with useful goodness. Jennifer tells the...

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LIFE IS HARD

"Once we admit life is hard, it is no longer difficult.” – Scott Peck It baffles me when people; notably Fred Crowell, think we deserve an easy life. Somehow the tendency is to believe if we are a good person...

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THE GIFT OF CHOICE

Three choices; two usually poor ones! As a young coach at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks my college president taught me a lesson for life. Years later I discovered choice was God's unique gift to humankind. No other creation on...

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THE POWER OF SILENCE

My professor early this quiet 5 am Saturday morning, Matthew, the former IRS agent (smile), records the Lords final encounter with Pilate.   Pilate asks, “ARE YOU KING OF THE JEWS? " Jesus replied, "YOU HAVE SAID IT." Jesus remained SILENT! Silence worked then;...

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LIVE BACKWARDS SPELLS EVIL

"Evil destroys life." No chapter in the Bible has impacted me more than Paul’s Godly wisdom in Romans 6 where he teaches us to no longer be slaves to evil. I personally regard sin and evil as one in the same. In my...

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CHINA SURPRISES

The priceless feeling coaching a 15 year old team to win the 16 year old Asian Championship. Waking up each morning in China. Traveling on a train at over 300 kilometers per hour. 20 to 50 high rise apartment houses being built...

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STOPS AND STARTS

When the going gets tough, stick with the game plan. As I was reading the letter to the Philippians today, I observed Paul encountering STOPS. Stops can create negative emotions.  Each stop demands a new start. Starts require energy. This week...

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WALLS REAL OR IMAGINARY

This 3000 mile wall is for real! It kept China safe for centuries. Impressive in both length and height. Even more sensational, it was built on jagged mountain ranges. Considering strong hands, sturdy legs and powerful backs carried large stones...

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WHEN DREAMS BECOME GOALS

A dream is only a dream until you write out the dream in crystal clear terms; then it becomes a goal. If only once in a lifetime you meet a person who brings inspiration and amazement to your life, you...

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