CUP OF JOY OVERFLOWING, Part IV

As a basketball coach, how can you lose 75-72 to a top U.S. collegiate team in the last 15 seconds of a game and still be happy?  Especially when you thought you had won 74-73 because of your team's...

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CUP OF JOY OVERFLOWING, Part III

"Fred, why do so few people have joy?" Elegant question! To answer, I let my mind wander, do some speculation.  In today's world, we seem to base our lives on Feeling, Fact, and then Faith.  I conclude emotions make horrible masters...

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ALIVE TO BE ALIVE

LIVE spelled backwards comes out EVIL. It is my belief that anything that robs us of life is evil. Sin is called missing the mark. To be alive, yet not actively live, is missing the mark. Life is so much like...

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CUP OF JOY OVERFLOWING, Part II

If you could ask one request and receive it from God, what would it be?  A million bucks?  World peace?  Cure for cancer?  What would it be? King Solomon asked for wisdom, and he said, "The fear of the Lord...

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Cup of Joy

You are invited to join Words of Hope on a 5-day journey to joy overflowing from our cups.  How good is that? Some of the many pleasures in life are: Cup of coffee early in the morning Cup of hot...

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TCOB-TAKE CARE OF THE BALL

"Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 In my view, basketball is not the only game, but the best game. I began loving basketball at age 4 when my father took me...

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TOO MUCH SUFFERING, Part 2

Suffering shows itself in many different ways:  pain, distress, hardship, defeat, loss, damage, illness, injury.  Often life is "worse" because of being badly affected by an experience. When the reality of suffering is yours, and even the possibility of death,...

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TOO MUCH SUFFERING, Part I

Hardly a day goes by without someone telling me of their intense suffering.  Most recent examples are: An Alaskan village friend sharing about a murder in a neighboring village. A close friend sharing about his father's death after being...

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PEARL HARBOR LESSONS

History is a valuable teacher when and if we choose to learn from it. Twenty two days old Susie King's father, Walter Willis King, went to war. Four years later Walt returned home alive but very ill. For 76 days...

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MOUNT NEVER ENOUGH

Looming in the hearts of human "doings" (not human beings), is the majestic Mount Never ENOUGH.  This imaginary self-imposed mountain stands taller than America's tallest Mount Denali and the world's tallest Mount Everest. You are probably asking, what is the...

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