COMPARISON LEADS TO DEATH

COMPARISON leads to death; GRATITUDE leads to life. COMPARISON leads to depression; GRATITUDE leads to satisfaction. COMPARISON leads to arrogance; GRATITUDE leads to humility. COMPARISON leads to self-degradation; GRATITUDE leads to positive self-assessment. It surely seems COMPARISON and GRATITUDE...

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LOVE IS LEARNED BEHAVIOR

Hundreds, possibly thousands of times, NBC camp students have told me these words, “I know my father loves me but I have never heard him say, I love you.” Why is this so?  What makes it so difficult to say, “I...

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SHARING JOY

The Dead Sea, bordered by Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, is the world's lowest point below sea level.  Animals cannot live in its water even as it is one of the deepest and saltiest lakes in the world.  It is...

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LET’S GO PLACES, Part 2

As a great, successful Spokane entrepreneur, here is Eric Hixson's story. As a boy, Eric Hixson loved the scouts. To pay for his scouts' summer camps, he sold lots of candy, more than all the other scouts. One year he...

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THE ROMAN GLADIUS

The sword that conquered the world. From the time I was a small boy I have been fascinated with knives and swords. So much so, in fact, my son Jay and I began a knife collection 30 years ago and...

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WHO ARE THE GOOD GUYS

An elementary teacher was talking about the subject of good and bad guys. One little boy raised his hand: "Teacher, who are the good guys?" This is a wise question! I wonder how the boy would have answered his question! Perhaps there are...

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LET’S GO PLACES, Part 1

Be it Spain, Italy, Arizona, England, Seattle, Greece, New York or wherever, Mrs. C is ready to go places! However, Coach C is not so enthused about going places unless it is in his Toyota Rav 4. For years, it...

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PARADOX: LOSS OR GAIN

If you happen to miss an athletic game, I imagine you would want two questions answered:  "Who won?"  "What was the score?"  The scoreboard would tell us which team won, which team lost.  It would not tell what individual...

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THREE MYSTERIOUS MIRACLES

In Proverbs 30, the writer says there are things God has done that are too wonderful to understand. I, too, feel there are three mysterious miracles that are so wonderful I cannot fully understand. CHILDBIRTH MYSTERIOUS MIRACLE: 50% mother and...

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GOD IS GOOD… ALWAYS

The giant enemy of the human spirit is self-pity! Years ago, one dark emotional day at an NBC Camps clinic for the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Washington, the self-pity engine engaged my mind. The Tulalip management was so kind to give...

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