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RELAX
      Slow the bus down. Relax. Breath. Call Time Out. When the pace gets too fast, relax. When words flow too quickly, relax....

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ENEMY #1 – TOO BUSY
“If we are BUSY, we are too BUSY.” The problem with being busy is the second we finish one task, we add another busy task...

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DECISION TIME – THREE CHOICES
YES, NO, OR THINK ABOUT IT! Thomas Kelly, while a student at Haverford and Harvard in the early 1900s, made a yes decision. “I am going to...

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TIME EVAPORATES
Moses said, ”Teach us to number our days.” St. James said, “Your life is like a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow.” The Psalmist said,...

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CONTENTMENT
The secret of this attitude. An elegant question from Jay Crowell: Dad, if you could visit one site in Rome what would this place be?...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH AND LIES
Truth is what we need to hear, a lie is what we want to hear. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set...

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TRUTH TRUISM
Tell me, promotes learning – I know, stops learning. The other day at the Oncology clinic several of us were in a conversation. One of...

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PRECIOUS PRESENTS
31 days of precious presents in December Savor is a great word. To me, savor means to enjoy to the maximum. To savor each day...

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I.C.E.
I – Imagination C – Conscience E – Exercises Catchphrases and acronyms are effective tools in teaching young athletes the principles to success in basketball...

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PAIN PRODUCES CHANGE
No discipline seems pleasant at the time but later on, however, it produces a fruit of righteousness for those who are trained by it.  One day...

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THREE BIG QUESTIONS?
1. Are you ALL IN? 2. If ALL IN; all in for what? All in for living life to the max? All in for family...

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THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
1.  Where are you? 2.  Who are you? 3.  Who made you? One of my highlights in Ketchikan, Alaska at an NBC basketball camp was...

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5 HOW QUESTIONS
Be careful how you answer these 5 how questions. Serious reflection may alter the course of your life. For the good! Try to answer each...

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LISTEN WELL
6 WAYS TO BE A BETTER LISTENER LEARN – Listen with the purpose to learn, not be quick to tell what you know. INTENTIONAL –...

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AN ELEGANT QUESTION – YOU SHOULD KNOW THE ANSWER
How do you want to live? Be careful now. This is not a trick question! Seriously. How do you really want to live your life?...

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CLIMATE – YOU MAKE YOUR WEATHER
The Finnish say, “There is no bad weather only bad clothing.” The wise fisherman when I asked, “What kind of people live up the road?”...

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T E A M S  + R P E =  W I N S
The NBC Thunder 9th Grade Spokane Champions were a great team because they were dedicated to being great teammates. Too often it is assumed winning...

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THE CHECK LIST
When the grind of life is so intensive, the human brain cannot process all that needs to be done without mistakes. A checklist has been...

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THANK YOU’S ARE NOBLE
Saying “thank you” is a noble yet often neglected statement after an act of kindness. Sometimes when I get irritated when one of my acts of...

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THANKFULNESS
THANKFULNESS GRATITUDE CREATION Today is focus time on 3 impactful words! First, is the idea of thankfulness. It is impossible to have a negative attitude...

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GRATITUDE IS THE BEST ATTITUDE
As iron sharpens iron so a friend sharpens a friend – Proverbs 27:17 One of the truly great men in my life, Steve Pence, stands in...

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ISABELLA
At age 6 Isabella declared, “Papa you have to live long enough to see my first baby born, but not my second one.” Bella and...

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CRUCIBLE LIFE EVENT
Looking back over your entire lifetime, was there a single experience that would be classified as a crucible event? One of the definitions of the...

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SACRED PLACE – SECRET GARDEN
The most beautiful and blessed place on earth. Slow the bus down is a favorite expression in the Crowell home when one of us gets...

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PROTECT YOUR SACRED PLACE
Famous motivational leader, Earl Nightingale, said, “If you spend 15 minutes alone each day, you can solve most of the world’s problems.” 17 years ago,...

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WALK ALONE TIME
It is not possible to stand or walk in a crowd until you can stand and walk alone.  The best gift you can give to...

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GAME CHANGER –
One who turns the course of a life, event, or history. In sports, Curry, Brady, Felix, Bird, Mantle, MJ, Ruth and Magic qualify as game...

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NEVER EVER
Never ever be discouraged Never quit Never ever let cancer win Never stop loving people Never cease to love God & His Son One of...

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SUPERHEROES – EVERY DAY HEROES
If you don’t take time to watch/listen to Charlie’s story this is a missed opportunity! Everybody needs an everyday hero. No one needs a superstar...

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A SPECIAL REST
“So, there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God.” My beloved Susie asked me an elegant question last week. “When do...

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TERMINAL ANXIETY
The apostle Paul exhorted us not to be anxious about anything. Unfortunately, too few people take his admonition seriously or take the time to learn...

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TIME IS PRICELESS
Time is the only sparse commodity on earth. Time does not honor, respect or bow to those of personal wealth or fortune. Time is the...

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BE STRONG, BE BRAVE
In the wee hours of this morning, it seemed crystal clear the challenge before me is to be strong & brave. I expected Matthew 14...

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WANNA BE BRAVE
Aristotle said, “We become brave by doing brave acts.” Clear logical definition of brave: Courageous, dauntless, perhaps a little bit daring, a person who is brave, faces...

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EVERY DAY HEROES
“Superstar heroes don’t love you enough to be with you in tough times.” Today I lift up one of my most loved everyday heroes. These...

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HOPE, AN ANTIDOTE FOR DEPRESSION
“Hope is the anchor to our souls.” In my former career as a marriage and family counselor, I faced a monumental counseling challenge. A young,...

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THE PROGNOSIS FOR DEPRESSION
The tactics used to get rid of ghosts in movies is never the same. Likewise, depression is unique to each person. Therefore, getting out of the...

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DEPRESSION DIAGNOSIS
The single most obvious evidence of depression is lack of energy and passion for life. The single greatest indicator of health is a life with...

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OXYGEN IS ENCOURAGEMENT – ENCOURAGEMENT IS OXYGEN
Both oxygen and encouragement cure disease and negativity. Lack of oxygen and encouragement create poor physical, mental, and spiritual health. One of the most amazing...

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THE LAW OF RESTITUTION – RECONCILIATION
“You can never do too much for Him who has done so much for us.” -The late Coach T. One of my best friends, Coach...

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TRICK OR TREAT
5 BILLION spent on Halloween each year; the second biggest money making celebration of the year. Who said capitalism is dead? 2000 years ago the...

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IS HIGH SCHOOL A JOKE?
Nearly 25% of high school students at a large school district in the state of Washington skip school every day. Obviously, these teens think high...

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FORGIVENESS REALITY
Forgiveness asking is one of the world’s most important, yet least understood and practiced success principles. What makes it so difficult to ask forgiveness? What...

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FORGIVENESS-Our Get Out of Jail Card
As I studied Paul’s coaching of his beloved son in the faith, Timothy, it became clear to me that to be able to live out...

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THE LAW OF FORGIVENESS
The universe is governed by laws. Obedience to the law preserves life. Disobedience to these laws may lead to destruction. Three things you need to...

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GREATER THAN SCIENCE
The doctors told me I had less than single digit chances to survive the dreaded Whipple pancreatic surgery.  My medical team was extraordinary. Medical science...

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FIVE DAILY GRATITUDES
Research suggests gratitude helps beat cancer. Dr. John Gottman has proven through extensive testing that when the heart jumps over 100 beats per minute when...

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How high is high? How low is low?
Unless you know how low is low, knowing how high is high is not possible. My life experience tells me rock bottom is the low...

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AWAKE
A daily privilege so often taken for granted! Ann, age 57, took a one hour nap. Ray tried to wake her at 1:30 PM. Ann...

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CROWELL’S GUT CHECK
Existential Self Diagnosis -ESD Between 1971 and 1975 hundreds of people came to NW Counseling Services for family and personal counsel. The following test was...

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TIME FOR A GUT CHECK
The human gut has 80% of the immune system to fight disease. Best to take care of the gut. Don’t you agree? Coaches routinely take...

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EXISTENTIAL SELF DIAGNOSIS
“The ability to imagine taking your eyes out of your head and looking at yourself with clear vision.” – Fred Crowell Psalms 8 and 139...

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DIAGNOSIS – Ask WHAT not WHY
The first step in problem-solving. Unless you can diagnose the problem it is impossible to fix the problem. Anyone who has an undiagnosed problem whether...

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MENTORS – A Worthy Coach
“A worthy mentor is one of the most valuable people leaders, parents, coaches, and peoples of all professions can have in navigating through life.”  –...

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SON, STAND UP!
A father, with a soft hand on his son’s shoulder, whispered, “Son, stand up,” as they watched the son’s wife of 40 years being lowered...

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BRAVE NEW WORLD
There is a new world out there for you. It is a world of possibilities. Joy beyond belief and opportunity with no ceiling waits for...

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ATTITUDE + HARD WORK = WIN
The two things you can control are your attitude and your effort. The one thing, for sure, you cannot control is other people. A very...

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GAME ON – Win the Moment!
Basketball has taught me that victory comes when you bounce back from difficulty. Lifeball is a far tougher game to play than basketball. Psalm 100 is...

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FINISH BEFORE YOU START
Genius is being able to visualize the finish line or the finished product before you begin the race or the task. The late Dr. Howard...

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AUTHENTIC POWER
Internal combustion – Internal motivation. Gottlieb Daimler is known as the founder of the internal combustion engine. This engine was a game changer in the...

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TRAIN CHILDREN TO WIN
The idea of teaching – coaching a child to win hit me like a ton of bricks.  As a general rule parents are not teaching...

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THE BIG MISTAKE
“O God I killed the wrong thing.” In 50 years of life experience with suicide, it is becoming very clear from actual experiences with clients...

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WIN BIG
Winning big always begins from the inside out. The championship trophy at the awards banquet was first invoked in the heart or the imagination of the...

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TIME, ENERGY, MONEY
It costs so little to be NICE. Few things in life are more fun and fascinating to me than people. From my earliest days in...

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INTIMACY – THE NEED TO BELONG
To belong and to have something belong to you, is fundamental to fulfillment in life. Loneliness is a horrible life experience. People go to great...

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LET THERE BE LIGHT
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. In basketball language, an excellent metaphor for shooting a basketball is an...

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WIN – THE GAME OF LIFEBALL
Topic: WIN SUICIDE Spending a lifetime in sports has provided me many opportunities to win. Winning is fun. Winning is delightful. Winning can be ecstatic....

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THE BLACK BOX
The black box is Crowell’s life skills term for depression. When defeating the dreaded enemy, the silent stalker called depression requires both accurate diagnosis and...

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CRAVE THE WORLD
Not tobacco, alcohol, drugs, moral failure, apathy, dishonesty, laziness, bitterness, jealousy, anger, anything that takes you away from your full potential. Darrell Garrison Junior second...

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DON’T HURRY – BE QUICK
On the basketball court quickness is one of the most important athletic skills. Your quickness in athletics often determines what level of play you can...

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BEING MADE RIGHT
In Romans chapter four, Apostle Paul rhetorically presents a dynamic question. WHAT DID HE (Abraham), discover about being made right with God? This question popped off...

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The Gift of Gethsemane
Chapter 26, the converted tax collector, Levi, turned to the apostle Mathew, takes us to the olive grove called Gethsame. As I use His precious...

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SANCTUARY HOME
A house is not a whole lot until it is occupied by people. A house becomes either a sanctuary or a battlefield. The definition of...

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Everybody is selling something. What’s for sale and are we willing to pay the price are critical questions. Years ago, Susie and I pulled into...

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YOU, TOO, MUST KEEP WATCH
I love the movie, PATTON. Facing the remarkable German tank commander, Rommel in Africa, General George S Patton exclaimed after crushing the Nazi’s, “I read...

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THE BAD OL’ DAYS
Newsflash, history repeats itself. In my lifetime I’ve never seen the world in such terrible shape as it is today. I fear for our future....

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LIFE LESSON 101
Be quick to listen – slow to speak – slow to anger. These 3 life skills are as important as a carpenter’s hammer, power saw...

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MY PRAYER
1956 Hit Song by The Platters 56′ and 57′ for the Seahawks. The football team was 53-3 for these two seasons. In 57′ they gave...

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PREPARE TO BE PREPARED
Being prepared for momentous sports, business or life events is not enough! Being prepared to be prepared is the crucial first step to winning. Competitors...

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DASH
What are you going to do with your dash? – DASH begins the day you were born. Ends the day you die. What are you going...

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YOUNG LIONS
A young lion is a boy/man who is hungry, dedicated, loyal, hard-working, and willing to do what it takes to become a trustworthy man I...

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Memories
Over 50 years ago Susie king Crowell said to me, “Fred, let’s make great memories for when we are old, all we will have left...

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Man on a Mission
Get out of my way if you don’t want to be loved; if you don’t want to receive kindness, if you don’t want to be told...

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PRINCIPLE OF THE ICEBERG
What you don’t see is far more important than what you do see. Imagine the excitement 2224 of the richest people in the world and...

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RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF APPRECIATION
“The ability to appreciate is a learned behavior. Mastery of this skill of seeing the full worth  in people, in creation and all life is...

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TIME OUTS ARE VITAL
Athletics prove time outs are critically important. The mark of great coaches is having the skill to take the complex and make it simple. The...

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GAME CHANGER
PREPARE TO MAKE YOUR PEOPLE BETTER PEOPLE BETTER PLAYER  The job of a COACH/CEO/LEADER  is to train players how to WIN.  Winning begins in the...

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NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING
Fear is a dominating emotion that cripples performance and steals success. Is it possible to actually live without fear? Probably not because there are two...

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What’s in a name?
Consider words like power, vision, confidence, courage, fearlessness, focus, purpose, destiny. We feel strengthened with words like these. Conversely, words can promote negativity as well...

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TODAY’S PAIN CAN BE TOMORROW’S GAIN
“You raise me up to more than I can be.” -Josh Groban I vividly remember the first time I had to deal with a person...

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DESTINY DREAM MAKERS
“Why did your father end up living alone with a bottle of alcohol in his hand with no hope?” -Dr. Shann Ferch This question could...

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BE NICE
      Kindness Is Contagious is a valuable educational documentary on the magic of kindness. Of all the species on earth, the most helpless...

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READY? – READY FREDDY!
For years, NBC campers have been asked if they are ready. The expected response is a loud, “READY FREDDY!” I have no idea who came...

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CLEAN HANDS  –  STRAIGHT EYES
As a boy I was expected to look adults in the eyes when they spoke to me. If they extended a handshake my father’s orders...

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POSITION DOESN’T DETERMINE DESTINY
When position is more important than destiny the focus needs to be reversed. Research reveals focusing on destiny increases performance and health both individually and within a...

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SURVIVE OR SURRENDER
When tragedy or misfortune strikes there are two choices. The most difficult choice is to survive. The least painful way is to surrender. WIND RIVER...

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PROTECT YOUR MIND
“But Jesus didn’t trust them because He knew human nature.”  – St. John The words “protection” and “guard” have been on my mind and my...

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INTERIOR INSPECTION
Accountability without inspection leads to irresponsibility.  Responsibility without inspection leads to mediocrity. Inspection is vital to winning. Winning is a choice. Elegant question: Why is...

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INTENT vs. IMPACT
A well-developed EQ is evident when one knows and understands that intent must ultimately be measured by its impact. Growing up the statement was, “You...

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SEIZE SERENDIPITY
How two words definitions seem to contradict each other but in real life bring amazing results. In my practical basketball coach mind seize is a...

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YOUR BODY- LIVING SACRIFICE
Your tongue can speak over 130 words a minute. Your mind can think over 400 words per minute. Recently a friend said to me, “Follow...

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USE YOUR EYES
If you have eyes, use them to see both external and internal beauty. How our eyes observe color through tinted lenses is comparative to how...

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SOMETHING BETTER
Valuable life lessons in integrity. 50 years ago a dynamic young man walked into my office to offer his help with our University of Alaska...

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CHILD INSPIRATION 
Fall in love with children and you will be in love with life. Find joy in children and you will always be joyful. Play with...

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TIME TO GIVE UP
Faith Hill joins Oprah in singing, I SURRENDER ALL. Faith can flat out sing! Oprah not so good. With tears of joy, Oprah tells her...

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FIVE LIFE GIVING SYLLABLES
1. Will 2. You 3. For 4. Give 5. Me 75 years of life experience confirm to me that “will you forgive me” are the...

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I CAN ONLY IMAGINE
Nearly 16 million views for the song I CAN ONLY IMAGINE by Mercy Me. That’s a ton of views. As a boy, I mastered the...

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SHORTCUT TO INCREASE
Years ago when I was in full-time marriage, family, and personal counseling I had a teenage client who was very defiant towards her parents.  I...

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SILENCE
“He comes to me in the silence.” – Mark Forrest Knock knock Who’s there? Silence, I’ve come to see you because you need me! Please...

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TODAY WILL NEVER COME AGAIN
“Do something special.” It is absolutely amazing the difference there is when one decides to, “have not a good day, but a great day.” Today...

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PRICELESS VACATION ABSOLUTELY FREE
Sounds too good to be true. Well, truthfully it is priceless but it is not absolutely free. This priceless vacation does not cost one red...

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DELIGHT IN DELIGHT
The law of attraction means what we attach ourselves to will multiply and expand. Therefore, what we purposely choose to delight in will grow into...

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THE WONDER OF CHILDREN
Let’s delight in children. Enjoy these photos and videos of kids at NBC camps. “Dad I never knew how much you loved me until I...

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LIGHTS ON FULL BEAM
“Start living instead of dying.” -S. Crowell Lights ON living is a moment by moment decision. Today’s modern cars are designed to take human error...

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GREATER UNITY IN DIVERSITY
A noble challenge in leadership is to forge diversity into university. Initially, centers of higher learning were called colleges; i.e. Harvard College. Over time, they formed...

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MEN of VALOR
The two essential qualities of mentor leadership are proven track record and worthy of being imitated. For rapid recall of these two dynamic, life-changing principles...

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DESTINY DREAM MAKERS
Every child has a destiny. God ordained each child to be His precious miracle. Adults help children discover that miracle and their destiny. There is...

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BRAND SPANKING NEW
Never used before, smells new, clean as a whistle, fresh, one of a kind, made just for you… no wonder people like brand spanking new....

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TRAIN TO WIN
“To be successful or victorious in a contest or conflict.” – Dictionary To win is a verb; a verb connotes action; action involves work; work...

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LIFEBALL – Wanna Play?
“By far the most beneficial game ever invented.” – FJC Dr. James Naismith invented basketball to give children something to do during the cold Massachusetts’s...

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TWO CHOICES – WE GET BITTER OR WE GET BETTER
God’s mercy is for everyone. “And so dear brothers and sisters, ‘I plead  with you to give your bodies to God because of all He...

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A NEW FATHER
One of the greatest losses a child can experience is father loss. Father loss comes in many forms. A three-year-old boy’s father dies in a...

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COVENANT vs CONTRACT
The difference between a covenant and a contract is as wide and deep as the Grand Canyon. A covenant is a commitment that can never...

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THREE STAGES OF LIFE
In the early days a baby spends the vast majority of time in a crib. The middle years of life are spent grinding it out...

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MEET LAZAROS
There was Aristotle, Socrates, and then there is Lazaros; all famous in their own right in the nation of Greece. Aristotle and Socrates were famous...

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3 SKILLS OF EXCELLENCE
Life Skills. Imagination. Imitation. If we don’t teach, we cheat our students because they don’t learn skills to win. The life of a deadly serious...

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LIFE LESSONS FROM VINCENT VAN GOGH
TO QUALIFY TO BE A CRUCIAL OTHER THEY MUST HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD. Few historical figures inspire me, enlighten me more richly and speak...

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ANCHORS IN MY LIFE
The photo is a crafted pewter anchor. Following a lifelong tradition buying a treasure to help remember the experiences I purchased this keepsake in Nova Scotia (New...

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CROWELL ON SECOND GUESSING 
The second of two WOH’s on the destructive habit of second guessing oneself. The biggest little word in the English language is the word “if.”...

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REFRESH TO BE REFRESHED
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25 Racket ball, handball, and squash initially are very difficult games to play until you learn a critical skill....

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COMMITMENT TO WHAT? TO WHOM?
Commitment begins with an act of the will. The difficult challenge is the choice to decide to make the commitment. 50 years ago I learned...

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PUPPY LOVE
What if people loved other people like people love puppies? What a wonderful world it would be. Puppies are like people in so many ways....

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ULTIMATE TRUTH OR ULTIMATE LIE
If my life is dedicated to the proposition that Jesus was the ultimate truth teller, then my belief system is based on the most profound...

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DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE – APPRECIATE AWESOME PEOPLE!
A human flaw is our overpowered magnetic attraction to negativity. Negative people disrupt and influence us more easily than positive people and the beautiful energy...

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DESTINY
Knock, knock! Who is there? Destiny, I’ve been expecting you. -Bolt Destiny is what one can become, as opposed to what one is at the...

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NETWORKING
One of the core principles we taught 18 USA players on the Crowell Italian Basketball Tour was the principle of networking. The common, ordinary way...

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FOR SALE
Everybody is selling something. The questions are what are they selling and what is the cost? My children love the story about the richest man...

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CONFIDENCE – WITH IT YOU CAN, WITHOUT IT YOU CAN’T
Confidence is like a slippery fish – one moment you have it, the next moment you lost it. Confidence makes the act fluid, motionless, and...

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM ITALY
For 13 days 37 basketball players and adults toured fantastic Italy. These are a few of the lessons we learned and hopefully live out the rest...

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SECOND GUESSING IS UNPROFITABLE
“We should have won that game.” – New York Mets Terry Collins Reading USA Today Sports, Bob Nightengale’s interview with Manager Collins brought me back...

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HAPPY CROWELL BOYS
Key Statement:  Photos and pictures are worth a 1000 words. The placement of meaningful and inspiring pictures or motivational tools to give us the will...

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ANTHROPOID
A rich lesson in courage and commitment. ANTHROPOID is a WWII historical movie about Czech resistant fighters. Courage and commitment make this a spellbinding movie....

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TRUE FRIENDSHIPS vs. TRANSACTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
If 7 out of 10 calls to me are asking for something, it is not a friendship, it is a transactional relationship. An example of...

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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
The crucial question!, “How much does it cost?” My amazing son-in-law gave me a book on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. As I...

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IF-THEN PRINCIPLE
KEY STATEMENT: Every IF statement is usually followed with a THEN. If you read Daily Words of Hope at a minimum, there will be one...

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MEET MY HEAD COACH
Thank you Jill Logie, daughter of Coach Ed Pepple, one of the USA’s most successful high school coach and leaders of young men. Jill is...

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THANK GOD FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON
“Soldiers keep by your officers, for God’s sake keep by your officers!” spoke Washington in a deep and soulful voice. It was 21 degrees on...

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FIRST FISH
Key statement: There is something both spectacular and fascinating to be the very first. The first is often the most difficult. The first is a...

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LOVE TRUMPS ALL
One of my favorite hobbies is playing cards with friends. Bridge, Hearts, Pinochle, Casino, 10 To 1, Rummy and Cribbage are all card games I like. ...

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PASSION AND COMPETENCY
“Which one comes first?” In reading through Van Gogh quotes one stood out because of the fact NBC Camps hires more than 400 coaches each...

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THE WALKER LEGACY
NBC Camps – 3 Generation Family Key statement: The legacy we leave will impact our children and their children’s children. The way we choose to...

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GET READY TO BE READY
KEY STATEMENT: The will to win is not nearly important as the will to PREPARE to win. Preparation, the discipline, focus, concentration, and commitment is...

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THAILAND ENCOURAGEMENT
KEY STATEMENT: encouragement is oxygen; encouragement is water. Without encouragement and water the human body cannot survive. Without encouragement, humans cannot thrive. NBC Thailand was...

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DREAM COME TRUE
Key statement: The martyred missionary, Jim Elliot, has often been quoted with this amazing statement. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep...

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CROWELL WINS CANCER LOSES
Crowell 99.9. Cancer 0.1 My dedicated oncologist gave the Crowell’s this news. These are the best scores you have had in 3 years. The drugs...

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LOVE PEOPLE OR LOVE THINGS
In this world of people and things, we can either love people more than things, or things more than people. If we love things more...

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HEAVY WATER – WEIGHTLESS GRACE
One gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. Grace weighs less than a feather. Key statement: it was not until I passed through the Panama Canal...

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CROWELL LIFE SKILLS BOARD ROOM
Key statement: America’s number one Airline Company is Alaska Airlines. This claim is based on two factors: Exceptional customer service, based on professional excellence at...

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OLOGY-Crowell’s Five
PHILOSOPHY-OLOGY PSYCH-OLOGY BASKETBALL-OLOGY LIFEBALL-OLOGY SPIRITUAL-OLOGY KEY STATEMENT: These five OLOGY’S are the five disciplines that have played a significant role in my life. Two principals...

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DESTINY
Key statement: Destiny is the product of habits; habits are the products of actions; actions are the products of words; words are the products of...

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DRINK WATER
“Two types of drinkable water. Water from God’s earth and water from GOD’S heart. We need both.” Key Statement: Fred, your bones want water. Drink...

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MAKE YOUR BUBBLE BLUE
Colors are powerful symbols of emotion and can fuel our M/P (Meaning and Purpose). Today is a red shirt day for me. Red is courage...

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SHUT UP MODE
Key Statement: It’s so simple, yet so hard to do; open ears and mouth shut! Three keys: Slow to speak Quick to listen Slow to...

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MIRROR MANAGEMENT
Key Statement: if you don’t keep your mirror clean, the mirror cannot do its job to tell you the truth about yourself. When you look...

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THE TWO WAY MIRROR
Mirror Mirror in my hand who has a pure clean glass that can show reflection in two directions; first at me; second to my world...

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Effective Parenting Part 1 – Three Master Keys
Crowell’s Life Skills for Effective Parenting by Fred Crowell   The Difference: A Relentless Pursuit of Excellence The difference between poor and good; good and...

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CROWELL EQ 101 CRASH COURSE – PART 7
To develop your personal  “Crystal Clear” concept of EQ go to the Crowell EQ 101 7 Day Crash Course at:http://crowellu.com/category/eq-101/ Thank you for taking the...

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CROWELL EQ 101 CRASH COURSE – PART 6
To develop your personal  “Crystal Clear” concept of EQ go to the Crowell EQ 101 7 Day Crash Course at:http://crowellu.com/category/eq-101/ Thank you for taking the...

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CROWELL EQ 101 CRASH COURSE – PART 5
To develop your personal  “Crystal Clear” concept of EQ go to the Crowell EQ 101 7 Day Crash Course at:http://crowellu.com/category/eq-101/ Thank you for taking the...

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CROWELL EQ 101 CRASH COURSE – PART 4
To develop your personal  “Crystal Clear” concept of EQ go to the Crowell EQ 101 7 Day Crash Course at:http://crowellu.com/category/eq-101/ Thank you for taking the...

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CROWELL EQ 101 CRASH COURSE – PART 3
To develop your personal  “Crystal Clear” concept of EQ go to the Crowell EQ 101 7 Day Crash Course at: http://crowellu.com/category/eq-101/ Thank you for taking...

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CROWELL EQ 101 CRASH COURSE – PART 2
Welcome to part 2 of this 7 part series on Emotional Intelligence. My life experience message has been centered on EQ (emotional intelligence), my relentless...

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CROWELL EQ 101 CRASH COURSE – PART 1
Emotional Intelligence is the most important, yet least taught skill in education in my opinion. EQ has been proven to be a far greater predictor...

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EMOTIONAL “ARTISTIC” INTELLIGENCE
The Logical Deduction: God the creator is the ultimate artist. Humankind was created in the image of God. Therefore all humans are uniquely created to...

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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....

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JOY OF FATHERHOOD
What are the two most important qualities of father excellence in teaching Lifeball to children? My life experience in being a teacher/coach and a father,...

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WINNING
Key Statement: Winning begins will the moment the right now the precious present, if you can win this precious moment right here right now you...

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HOW’S YOUR PMA (POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE)?
Attitude is the King of of EQ – emotional intelligence at NBC camps and in the Crowell Household. As you read today’s Words of Hope,...

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MOUNTAINS
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.” As remarkable and beautiful as the Alaska’s magnificent mountains is the...

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Thankful For Your Service
I am thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms here in the US. It is recorded that after the brutal world...

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CROWELL’S 80-20 RULE
This is a valuable rule for aspiring basketball players who come to NBC Camps. Actually, it is valuable to all people. Personally, I delight in...

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SELF-IMAGE, YOUR LIFE BLUE PRINT
The most precious gift a child can receive is given during the first seven years of their life. These are the formative years when the...

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I HAVE A JOB
Key Statement: Like health, a job is never fully appreciated until you lose it. Lose your health and you run the risk of losing everything....

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HUNTING HAPPINESS
Key Statement: Happiness is one step around the next corner and the next corner and the next corner and the …. Factual question, not an...

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THE CROWELL GARDEN – Spokane, Washington
“As long as you have a garden you have a future and as long as you have a future you are alive.” – Frances Hodgson...

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WHOSE SLAVE AM I?
“You can’t break a bad habit by throwing it out the window. You’ve got to walk it slowly (and deliberately) down the stairs.” When people...

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WORDS AND THE WORD
Webster defines Word as a, “Single, distinct meaningful element of speech or writing used with other words or sometimes alone to form a sentence.” Words...

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WHAT EVERY CHILD SHOULD LEARN – LOVE WORK
The older I get, the more I learn about life. The happiest people I meet and the most unpleasant people I observe confirm to me...

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SATISFIED WITH GOOD THINGS
Join me in a walk through this five star Psalm. I wonder what was happening in King David’s dramatic life when he wrote the 103rd...

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AND THERE WAS LIGHT
Key Statement: The Apostle John wrote, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome the light. Jesus is the light of the world.” ...

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SMILES
KEYNOTE: “Isn’t She Lovely” is a song that brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. The oncology clinic must require their...

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THE ARTIST
KEY STATEMENT: The artist of the universe not only created the earth with the majestic mountains, life-giving rivers, plains and valleys covered with all manner...

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GOD CREATED HUMAN BEINGS
Then God said let us make human beings in our image to be like ourselves… Then God looked over all He had made, and saw...

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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...

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QUICKSAND and ROTO-ROOTERS
KEY STATEMENT: Too much to do. Spent the past two months trying to clear my plate, feels like running in quicksand. In what way or manner...

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LIVING SKILLFULLY
KEY STATEMENT:  Each person has life skills toolbox. Skillful living demands having the correct tool to fix the difficult circumstances life presents day by day....

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FANTASTIC NEWS – CROWELL BASKETBALL
KEY STATEMENT: As Deuteronomy suggests, write it on your forehead, place a string around your forehead, so you never forget what God has given you in...

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CHREIA-PITHY EDUCATION
KEY STATEMENT.  To encourage someone is to give them oxygen. 12-year-old Bella Crowell Ferch gives us an education on what 6 graders are learning at...

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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,...

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ENOUGH IS GOOD ENOUGH
“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want, I have everything I need, all I really want is God.” – Crowell It’s been said...

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THE IT PHENOMENA
Key Statement:  The IT of life is anything and everything that is on our radar screen. The IT demands our time, energy, and attention. The...

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THE LAW OF ATTRACTION
Key Statement: People have an internal compass. This compass points in the direction of people who have a compass pointing toward us. We call this...

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DEATH MOMENT(S) PART 2
Key Statement: Death Moments and death are inevitable. Yet both death moments and death are subject matters seldom discussed except at funerals. Elegant question. What...

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DEATH MOMENT(S)
KEY STATEMENT: If you have experienced a death moment you are never the same. If you have not experienced a death moment, be prepared because...

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Analytical – THE LORD’S PRAYER
KEY STATEMENT:  What did the Lord mean when He said, “Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”? Many of...

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FASCINATION WITH PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOR
“Nothing on Earth is more interesting than studying the way people act.” – Fred Crowell I marvel at the skill level people master.  Bob and...

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THIS IS MY STORY, THIS IS MY SONG
“Old things passed away, all things become new.”  – Paul Early this morning in my secret garden, I was thinking of my grandson. What kind...

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IT’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of...

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Hello Friends of Fred Crowell
Please enjoy the incredible job my amazing associate Cory James did to present my dreams and goals for Crowell U. If you need a guru...

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KNOCK KNOCK
Knock knock. Who’s there? Destiny I’ve been expecting you! The Ferch Crowell families love good movies. BOLT is a “fam fave.”  Rhino, the hamster, who...

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THIRST
Key Statement:  “My soul thirst for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”  – Psalm 63 Water has been the...

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CARPE DIEM – SEIZE THE DAY
The Roman poet, Horace, coined this phrase in a poem published in 23 BC.  The Crowell family was introduced to Carpe Diem in Robbin William’s excellent...

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95 to 5 or 5 to 95?
Key Statement: On average the human mind is engaged 95% of the time in the subconscious mind and only 5% in the conscious mind. Phenomenal success...

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ALL IN TODAY?
The crucial question… Story: My Jennifer tells about being 7 years old. She braved a flight of steps to the high board at the Samford...

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Wallace and the Whale
Key Statement:  What you treasure becomes precious, important, and brings great gratitude from your mind into your heart Many years ago at NBC, a coaching...

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LOOK AT ME, BOYS!
Key Statement: You listen with your eyes. What you don’t see is often more important than what you can see. True Story: 10:30 PM, dark,...

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HAPPY HAPPY CROWELL’S
Key Statement: People are about as happy as they personally choose to be. Happiness is an attitude. When a young athlete practices the idea of LLA (listen to...

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ABSOLUTELY – ABSOLUTAMENTE!
Key Statement: Words you say, are far more important than the words you think. You create your world by the words of your mouth. The...

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OCEANS
The creative genius of the Grand Master’s paint brush was making two-thirds of our planet, Earth, oceans! How is it possible to be near the ocean,...

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PEOPLE RELATIONSHIPS
Key Statement: People were created to need people, but too few people invest the time needed to master the skills to treat people well. Global People Problems World leaders...

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CHURCH THIS MORNING
This is where I am having church this morning. A cup of coffee. Beautiful Sea of Cortez. An opportunity to pray. This is what’s on...

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UNASHAMED
Shame is the demon that haunts all of humanity. When you name it, you can beat it. Years ago, I was in a master’s educational...

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THE PERFECT CHURCH
Key Statement: if it is true, and I firmly believe it is true, there are three kinds of churches. The church in your community The...

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TOO BUSY OR DON’T CARE
Key Statement: If you are too busy or don’t care enough to spend quality time, without any distractions, with a spouse, a child, a dear friend,...

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MYELIN PROTECTS HOPE
You must build hope, for the day will come when it is desperately needed! Myelin is a coating that covers your circulatory neurons. Every time...

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LISTEN – LEARN – ACT (LLA)
Key Statement: If you don’t listen you can’t learn; if you don’t act you will not learn. “A lesson not learned is a lesson repeated.”...

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THE WONDER OF YOUTH
One day I was a player; next a coach; then a father and now Papa to hundreds of young players who love basketball and LIFEBALL! ...

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THE FATHER OF LEARNING
Imitation, leading by example, is the superior method of education. To qualify to be a credible father or significant mentor, it is a twofold process:...

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HOW TO FIND GOD
Jesus said, “Come unto me as a young child.” This young boy gives us the essence of finding God. No wonder when Abba Father, the...

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LIFE IS NOT AN ACCIDENT
“The motorcycle crash that nearly killed me taught me how to live; to be a better person.”  – Jay Williams At a management conference, I...

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YOU ARE SO KIND
Kindness is ranked #5 in the order of the 9 fruits of the spirit in the Lord’s orchard. One of my core life values is...

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EXIT HELL HALLWAYS ENTER PEACEFUL ROOMS
Key Statement: “Ex” means to get out and “en” means to enter. Get out of the hallway and enter rooms of beauty, grace, peace, joy...

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COACH CROWELL ON APRIL TO NOVEMBER BASKETBALL
Key Statement:  School ball season is ALL about the team. The player sacrifices for the team. Off-season is all about the player; not the team....

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HELL IN THE HALLWAY
Ideas from a sermon about being stuck in the hallway of life. The reason people get mentally stuck in hallways is because only 5% of...

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RULE OF 6
“Learning important truth principles is like mining for gold because life truths are more precious than much fine gold and silver.” -FC Rule of 6...

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TWO WORLDS
“Boy, we live in two different worlds and we both are extremely happy.” -Long Time Friend As I read this email from a former classmate...

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WHO IS YOUR HEAD COACH?
Fact is, everyone has a head coach! The critical question? Is your head coach worthy of your total allegiance? Clearly, my teen and college days...

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WORLD’S GREATEST ARTIST
Is it Rembrandt, Picasso, Michael Angelo, Chagall, Van Gogh; or is it GOD? Susan Stricker, high school math teacher, lover of beauty, declares to any...

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LAUGHTER – GOOD MEDICINE
“Laughter is a fascinating subject to study because each person has a unique way of laughing.”  F Crowell In my years of empirical research I...

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LAUGHTER  IS GOOD MEDICINE
“People who laugh easily bring joy to others.” My life experience tells me people who laugh often, easily and for no apparent reason grew up...

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EQ MORE VALUABLE THAN IQ
“Emotional Intelligence is the most important, yet least taught skill in education.” Fred Crowell. One of the many benefits of going on vacation is think time....

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THE CRUCIAL LIFE QUESTION
WHAT IS YOUR MEANING AND PURPOSE FOR LIVING? Meaning and purpose is the jet fuel for life. Tell me in 30 seconds or less your...

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75th CELEBRATION
March 18 is always a special day in the Crowell’s life. Mom wanted her Saint Patrick’s Day boy to be named after Ireland’s Patron Saint...

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TRUE GRIT
“People can see the size of your body but no one can see the size of your heart.” March madness is the time for basketball....

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Your Belief System is Your Compass
 Dr Jones, Deputy Director, Alaska Military Youth Academy “A guide that directs your beliefs on what’s wrong and what’s right and determines your life choices.”...

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PHILOSOPHY – BELIEF SYSTEM
Philo means to love. Sophy means to study. Life means to live. The study of loving life is never boring, sometimes scary to explore, very...

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WHAT HAPPENED?
“Days are long sometimes. Very long, but life is way too short, way to brief.”  -Fred Crowell 30 years ago, Fred Crowell was living in...

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HOME BASE (PLATE)
“The day basketball season ended, my second love, baseball began. Throwing strikes was my passion.” -Fred Crowell Where do you go mentally and or physically...

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ONE IS NONE; TWO IS DONE
The value of teamwork; the skill to delegate. A motto among USA special forces elite team is, “One is none and two is done.” This...

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SOLUTION TO POOR CHARACTER
The freedom from quick temper, anger, and personal conflicts. The Apostle Paul is truly a remarkable writer. I marvel as I read his many books....

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THE CROWELL BASKETBALL – LIFEBALL
“Shooting a bad basketball is like chewing food with a broken tooth. In LIFEBALL fixing a problem with the wrong tool creates more problems.” How...

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WILL AND WHAT?
Two extremely important, yet uncommon questions that bring relational healing. Will you forgive me for; now call the offense by name. I am sorry; I...

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ANECDOTE FOR BULLIES
“Do not be afraid; be strong and courageous.” -Joshua Joshua was challenged three times to: Be strong and of good courage. Only be strong and...

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BASKETBALL – MADNESS
“The game I love can be so cruel” -F. Crowell Basketball became the love of my life in fourth grade.  Anacortes, Washington, a small town...

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MESSENGER – MESSAGES
“If people accept the message, they will embrace the messenger. If people reject the message, they will reject the messenger.”  -S. Crowell A crude way...

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PROTECT YOUR TEAMS
The name of the game is unity. It starts in the home. Life was not meant to be a lived alone; even my favorite childhood...

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ATTENTION MUST BE PAID
“The price tag to get noticed is; good behavior, bad behavior, illness, or getting injured.” – F. Crowell Other people’s attention is as strong a human...

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HOUSE TO HOME
When does a house become a home and a home become a house? All of life experience is both mystery and fascination to me.  Brilliant human...

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HELLO MY HERO! 
Four words, Needed this….my struggle! From early morning hours to nearly lunch time no words for Daily Words of Hope with Fred came to my...

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FLOODED WITH JOY
“And you will be planted like trees near living waters and whatever you do shall prosper.” Water is the fountain of life, without it, we...

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EASY TO START, HARD TO FINISH
Each New Year resolutions are made with high hopes and firm resolve. By the year’s end these well intended resolutions will have been abandoned.  In...

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SLEEP IS PRECIOUS AND PRICELESS
“I think of you through the watches of the night because you are my help.” After three full, long days at a camp, the 74...

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PEOPLE WATCH YOU
People watch what we are doing, how we do it, and how it makes them feel.”  – Derrick Sebastian “May I have another cup of...

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GOD’S GRADING SYSTEM
“Teachers first instruct, then examine you. God examines you, then instructs you.” In the winter of 1966, I said, “Yes.” After months of deliberation, I...

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WORDS MATTER
“People create their world by the words of their mouths.” – F Crowell Life experiences are the best teachers if we pay attention to them. Today I...

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LOGIC AND EMOTIONS
Most people make emotional decisions and try to justify them with logic. The crucial decision-making question is, “Am I making an emotional or a logical...

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THE FOUR F WORDS –  FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDS, FUN
“If you have faith, family, friends sprinkled with a little fun you can beat anything.”-Loraine Derr, Juneau Alaska If anyone on earth understands the value...

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SHADOWS IN THIS LIFE
“Mr. E, something evil walks our streets. It is a shadow.” – Lydia, elderly Yupik Woman The Words of Hope, “Suicide Is like a Ghost...

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TRAVEL – SITES or PEOPLE
“I travel not to see imposing monuments. Which indeed somewhat bore me. Nor beautiful scenery, of which I soon tire. I avoid the great. I...

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GOODBYE MIGHTY MITE
An emergency call from Spokane to our stateroom 7051 on the MS Rotterdam, as we prepared to enter the Panama Canal, brought sad news. Our...

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SUICIDE is like a GHOST KILLER
“I never saw it coming. He was the last person I ever thought would take his life.” – Very close friend Silently, quietly, the Ghost...

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PAIN – FRIEND OR FOE
Is it impossible to get through life without experiencing pain? Seems every story has an element of pain in the narrative. Let’s imagine being able...

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WALK IT, DON’T TALK IT
“If you know it and you don’t do it, you don’t know it.” – Mike Nilson The Apostle James short book on walking your talk...

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LIFE EXPERIENCE
Each life experience has the potential to reward us three times. #1. The Preparation Experience. Potentially, this can be an exciting time. Anticipation, hoping, planning...

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PROTECT YOUR PEACE
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10 The...

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DOCTRINE, PHILOSOPHY, BELIEF SYSTEM
50 years ago Susie and I were doing post grad work at the Institute of Biblical Studies. We were eager learners. The best professor in...

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15 MINUTES
“Such a short period of time, yet so difficult to set aside too be still, to be quiet.” Often I told my dear friend, who...

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MOTIVATION IS AN ENGINE
Fuel is the energy source of every motivation. Metaphorically motivation is an engine. No fuel no motivation. Enduring love for another human, love for a...

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ENCOURAGEMENT IS LIKE OXYGEN
Every life form is starving for a drop of encouragement. Some examples: The cactus in Arizona cries for just one drop of moisture.  The house dog...

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LOVE TRUMPS ALL
One of my favorite hobbies is playing cards with friends. Bridge, Hearts, Pinochle, Casino, 10 To 1, Rummy and Cribbage are all card games I like. ...

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WHO IS GREATEST?
2000 years ago they asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest?” Seems to me humans are obsessed with knowing the greatest. Ali said he was the...

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GUARDIAN ANGEL-SAINTS DOING HIS BIDDING
Angel of God my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here To light to guard To rule, to guide Every person, every home,...

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HARD TEACHER – DIRTY GRADER
It may be impossible to escape life without some Hard Teachers and Dirty Graders. Life is hard until you realize it; then it is no...

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CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
Birthday presents to each other and writing off one more goal on our bucket list. So clearly, Susie King, the 19-year-old sophomore, at the University...

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ON THE WAY TO HOPE
Artist Ann Tremarello, Fairbanks, Alaska. There are many roads in the life journey. This painting by dear friend, Ann T, has special meaning to me. Each...

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SEARCH ME O GOD
“The riches of life demand searching with a pure heart with relentless pursuit of truth and love.” Often in the counseling setting, we role played...

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HARMONY AND RHYTHM
Two character traits worthy of pursuit. Basketball is an excellent life skills teacher IF the coach has mastered the difficult skill of living above the...

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A CHILD IS BORN
“Dad I never knew how much you loved me until Kingston was born.” – Jay Crowell For unto us a child is born, Unto us...

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BE BRAVE LETTER
“If you want to be brave do brave things.” Early in the dark silence of a new day, my mind thinks; my heart suffers for...

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WORDS OF HOPE
The story of Daily Words of Hope The story begins at the University of Idaho. One of my roommates received letters and care packages with...

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RUNNING RUNNING RUNNING
“Days at times can be very long, however, in the end, life is too short.” -FJC Often we hear the phrase, I am too busy....

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DELIGHT IN PEOPLE & PEOPLE DELIGHT IN YOU
St Paul records multitudes of brilliant life giving principles. One used often among motivational experts is in the Apostles encouragement to the Galatians. “Be not...

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HEAVY HEART THERAPY
“Imagine visualizing a valentine type heart strapped with a heavy backpack waiting to attempt to clear a high bar. That bar is Hope!”  Recently I visited...

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WILLING TO NEGOTIATE
“Never fear to negotiate and never negotiate in fear.” JFK 1960 Inaugural Address. Rhetoric is the skill to clearly present in the written or spoken word,...

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GOD SENT A MAN
Who was this man? What was His meaning and purpose in life? Two profound questions for the ages. The questions were relevant when John wrote...

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BRILLIANT MOMENTS
Those flashes of seconds when the lights of the world come alive in us. Recently the Lord blessed me with one of those “brilliant moments,”...

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NATIONAL TREASURES
The United States of America’s most valuable and most neglected resources. American’s treasure is youth. Adults deplore looking old. New and young are the trophies...

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TOUGH MINDS SOFT HEARTS
A tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. How many coloreds are you going to play at a time in the game...

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FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES
Knowledge and understanding of the following three principles give meaning and purpose to life.   Foundational Principle #1 Where did I come from when I was born?...

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REVELATION DEMANDS A RESPONSE
Revelation is truth, knowledge, enlightenment or information. If the goal is for your audience to listen attentively and immediately act upon enlightenment. My favorite place...

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VAN GOGH – LOVING PEOPLE
Some amazing quotes by one of my favorite artists: “I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” “Keep your love...

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SUNRISES – GOD’S GUARANTEE
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” – Jesus The most reliable teacher of all is your life experience. Your...

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HARLEY SUNDOWN’S ALASKA
Scammon Bay nestled on a hillside on the shores of the Bering Sea, is Coach Harley Sundown’s Disneyland. The saying, “Where you are, be all...

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THE SNAKE LINE
A powerful solution to stop worry, fear, self-pity, and other forms of negative behavior. I happened to hear a portion of a sermon about not...

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LESS IS BETTER
In 1855 Robert Browning wrote the poem, Andrea Del Sarto.  The line, less is more, has become an oft-used expression in promoting inner peace and personal focus. Yet...

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90 DAYS – 20 PERCENT
Of all creation, the human is the grandest creation all. Nothing compares to woman and man; not the great animals of Africa, the mighty oceans...

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LEADERSHIP – A WORTHY AMBITION
“Leadership is always the problem & always the solution.” – Bobby Moore Leadership is a common topic of conversation these days. Leadership has been on...

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SO HARD, TO SO EASY
Hard work pays off 14 plus years ago in the birthing room at Sacred Heart Hospital, the doctors went into emergency mode hoping to save...

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DECIDE TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS
“Decide” is one of those highly interesting words in the English language. “De” is an important prefix. It connotes taking away or removing. “Cide” has...

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SANCTUARY  HOME
“If your faith does not work in the home, your faith does not work.” – Howard Hendricks Vividly the bird sanctuary at the San Diego...

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THE SECRET OF SILENCE
“Be still and know that I am God.” A friend likes to tell me, “I am going to do nothing today, and I don’t plan...

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FIVE LIFE CHANGING WORDS
“I am proud of you!” As Edith steps down the stairs in a beautiful wedding dress, Lord Gratham’s loving eyes and outstretched arms greet his...

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ABUNDANCE NOT SCARCITY
“I have come that you might life and have it abundantly.” – Jesus Often people tell me, “We grew up poor but I never knew...

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LOVE – BELONGING – SUCCESS
The three most important human and animals psychological and spiritual needs. Six elegant questions. (An elegant question differs from a fact question.) Who loves you?...

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MEET A MODERN DAY ANGEL 
You His mighty angels doing His bidding.  – Psalm 103 Today Jan Foland emailed her drawing of her vision of a sacred place.  Of all...

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WEIGHTLESS GRACE
For by grace we have been saved through faith not of works lest any man should boast. – Paul The Christian faith presents many paradoxes,...

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Merry Christmas
Warm and delightful Merry Christmas wishes to all Words of Hope readers-friends. This WOH is my Christmas gift to you. The information presented here is...

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JUST LOVE PEOPLE
Life offers no greater gift with greater rewards than just loving people for no other motive than to love. Frankly, I never much like the...

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HONOR IS A GOLDEN VIRTUE
As we honor we in turn will be honored The word honor and the idea of honoring others has been on my mind this Christmas season’s...

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SISTER LOVE
Three Crowell-Ferch sisters demonstrate the beauty, grace, and power of love. Natalya Alexis is a sophomore at Oklahoma City University. Ariana Alexis is a freshman...

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NO!!! no, no, no.
At the Crowell’s there is a big difference between NO! and no, no, no. Early in my teaching and coaching career, the following story impacted...

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PEOPLE ARE LIKE FLOWERS
These Chinese flowers give evidence to the elegance, beauty, and grandeur of the miracle of creation. The China basketball experience continues to warm my heart...

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LESSONS FROM THE PROPHET JEREMIAH
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you...

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SEE, I TOLD YOU I LOVED YOU
37 years ago I discovered for the first time God loved Fred Crowell. February 3 1979, was a great day for Susie and Fred Crowell....

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FIRE IN THE BELLY
Never quit. Never, never quit! A sellout crowd came to Indy to watch Kobe Bryant play his last game against the Pacers in the city...

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THE HONOR PRINCIPLE
To experience the privilege of being honored it is best to first honor others. Today it is a privilege to honor Walter Willis King.  Walt...

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PEOPLE FEAR
“Do not be afraid of people or I will make you look foolish in front of them.”  -God’s words to the Prophet Jeremiah Elegant question:...

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THE WORD OF GOD – LIFE’S INSTRUCTION BOOK
Early this dark, snowy Monday morning, on my lap lay a richly covered brown leather Bible. It is my favorite one because it was given...

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BUILDING SNOW PEOPLE – BUILDING A BETTER ME
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away all things become new. When my granddaughter built her...

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JOY IS A PRECIOUS CHRISTMAS GIFT
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth – Proverbs 15:23 This is the true joy in life, the being used for a...

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HIS PLEASURE, HIS PURPOSE
All things were created in Him, by Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16 Thanks to the incredible gift of imagination, given only to human kind,...

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THY KINGDOM COME
A basketball coaches analysis of the Lord’s Prayer. Based on the prayer instruction of Jesus, how is it possible to have His Kingdom come and...

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BEST MEDICINE
If you can laugh you can solve most of life’s ailments. One of my favorite early morning disciplines is to ask Abba Father one question....

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HUMAN ARROWS IN YOUR QUIVER – Part 2
Imagine an arrow being one of the most important people in your life. What lessons can be learned from an experienced bow hunter? Imagine hunting...

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SELF-DISCIPLINE IS YOUR FRIEND IF YOU HAVE IT, BUT YOUR WORST ENEMY IF YOU DON’T HAVE IT!
Photo: Papa Crowell delights in watching children; especially his grandchildren develop the prized self-discipline in their young lives. Why? Because S.D. is a tool to...

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BE A LIVING SACRIFICE NOT A DEAD ONE
I plead with you brothers and sisters These strong words by St. Paul to his Brothers and Sisters in Rome were written in times similar...

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IS YOUR QUIVER FULL
In the days of old a quiver full of quality arrows was a must. It was the difference between life and death. The Psalmist used...

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HAPPINESS IS….
an emotion of joy a feeling of merriment an absence of anxiety an attitude a decision encouragement a smile kindness purposeful practice learned behavior a...

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SAY HELLO TO ABBA FATHER
It took me over 60 years of my life to say hello to my Heavenly Father. Now my cup has run over. As I sit...

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THE GOD OF HOPE
Hope is the anchor to our souls. Spiritually speaking, faith, hope, and love are the three greatest words. Love being number one. It is easy...

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CONFIDENT OF THIS
“If you live for people’s acceptance you’ll die from their rejection.” – Lecrae Through my many years on planet earth I have slowly, sometimes painfully,...

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WORLD OF PEOPLE AND THINGS
“If you love things more than people you will use people to get things, if you love people more than things you will use things...

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PAIN PRODUCES CHANGE
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.  – St.Paul For far too many beautiful people,...

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THE GOD OF HOPE
Hope is the anchor to our souls. Spiritually speaking, faith, hope, and love are the three greatest words. Love being number one. It is easy...

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RESCUED
Who is most grateful? The one rescued or the one who does the rescuing? Going back to the four pillars that form the foundation for...

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WHAT’S IN YOUR TOOL BOX?
“If you try to fix a problem with the wrong tool you will make the problem bigger not smaller.” – Jennifer Crowell Ferch My true...

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THE WISE PARENT
The wise parent knows and understands that the ultimate test of successful parenting is the day when their son or daughter has matured to the...

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WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?
WHO DO YOU SAY I AM? The most important question ever asked of me was in September 1966. “Coach, before I leave, can I ask you a question?”...

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You are a miracle IF you Believe it! 
Hebrews Chapter 11 is called the faith chapter. It is a detailed account about the life of the saints who have gone before us and...

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ONE OR TWO FISTED LIVING
Solomon has wisdom for those of us willing to listen, learn and do. “Fools fold their hands leading to ruin.” And yet. “Better to have...

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ADVANTAGES OF COMPANIONSHIP
“Better to trust and run the risk of being disappointed than to trust no one and be alone.” – Jim Harrick In a recent conversation,...

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PEACE – A Fruit of the Spirit
Peace is a virtue that helps solve conflicts and bring common sense to the argument.  “Operate in peace” is a core value at NBC Camps. Peace...

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ATTITUDE IS KING
Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become habits, and habits become your destiny. I remember so clearly an experience in the early years of...

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DISNEYLAND AND LIVINGLAND
Both lands were created to be the happiest places on earth. What happened? Walt Disney had a dream. He wanted children to be able to...

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IMAGINATION IS UNIQUELY HUMAN
Inventions are the results of women and men with exceptional imaginations. In the animal kingdom, no creature has the gift of imagination. Imagination is a...

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LOVE-what is it? Why is it important?
For reasons I cannot explain the whole idea and notion of love has been gripping my mind and heart. The easy thing to do is...

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GUARD YOUR HEART & MIND
“Defense is the best offense in basketball and in lifeball” – Fred Crowell One of my father’s passions I inherited was a clean car. When...

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WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN THERE IS NO HOPE?
These past few days people have asked me questions that are extremely difficult. There doesn’t seem to be a helpful answer.  Five years ago Bill...

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GOD ON HIGH HEAR MY PRAYER
Opening words of song Bring Him Home from Les Miserables For days these words “God on high hear my prayer” have been floating through my...

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MADE RIGHT WITH GOD
“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news.” – St. Paul Today in reading Romans 10, I join Paul’s longing in his...

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RESCUED
Who is most grateful? The one rescued or the one who does the rescuing? Going back to the four pillars that form the foundation for...

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MEANINGLESS IS MEANINGLESS
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of...

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P+F+E+PC = SUCCESS
True success is how far you are able to rise above the place of beginning. If you start at zero and end up at 10...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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FINISHING IS HARDER THAN STARTING
Three excellent ways to finish a day, a week, a month, and a year; Gratitude is the best attitude. Gratitude increases performance. Dress your mind...

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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...

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WHO ARE YOU? WHO AM I?
This thing I know, you and me are not what people think we are! In fact, we are not what we think we are! One...

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DOING GOOD
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians...

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WHAT YOU APPRECIATE APPRECIATES – Jay Crowell
For a father I’m not sure many joys surpass the privilege of having children becoming lovely, healthy, successful parents. One of Crowell’s teaching principles is,...

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EQ-EMOTIONAL QUOTIENT
Knowing, understanding and managing your feelings is the foundation of emotional intelligence. Today the political debate rages on about three major factors: jobs, borders and...

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JUST SAY YES
“Do what you can with what you have left.”  – Jay Carty Thank you Jay Carty for answering the questions to Words of Hope. Jay...

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UNITY IN DIVERSITY
“Each rowing the boat in the same direction.” It seems to me there is a magnetic force of some sort trying to make us all the...

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SO EASY
So easy has become the favorite expression after a shot is made among our amazing 15 year old Chinese boys Basketball team in Jiaozuo, China....

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LOVE PEOPLE MORE THAN THINGS
If we love people more than things we will use things to help people If we love things more than people we will use people to get...

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RUN TO WIN
A lesson in excellence. I clicked on Mr. iPhone when reaching the after deck on the Regal Princess. Dear Alaska friend Peggy Lasher sends many...

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CROWELL IS ALIVE YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Yesterday is today in China. Today is tomorrow in the USA. Amazing things happen to the body when it is subjected to two times zones....

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LIFE EXPERIENCE
“Experience is a term used to name our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde There are four pillars that form the foundation for my meaning and purpose...

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I CAN HARDLY IMAGINE
Anacortes basketball boy becomes basketball old man in China. Today is my first day in Beijing. My partner Mr. Lao Yang tells me we meet...

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The Missing BILLFOLD
Peace is the virtue that moves frustration and or conflict to resolution and consolation. The billfold is my best piece of exercise equipment. Rarely is...

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PRACTICE GRATITUDE
“As medicine is to the body, gratitude is to the soul.” For the past six months, Words of Hope with Fred Crowell has been a...

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PAPER BOY STORY
Every boy has a dream, every boy is a miracle, every boy has failures, every boy deserves a real chance to make their dream come...

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WHO ARE YOUR FANS?
“Without people to cheer there is no such thing as a ‘Star’.” – Arnold Palmer Arnold Palmer was one of golf’s greatest players but more clearly Arnold’s...

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UNFINISHED MAN
Tribute to the late Americo Makk, one of modern day’s greatest artists. Americo invited me to watch him paint one afternoon in his home in...

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ENTHUSIASM MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
These days enthusiasm is spontaneous for me. There have been times when enthusiasm has been hard-work. Those difficult days putting one foot in front of the...

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IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
“A life lesson in being an over-comer not under-comer” Saturday in Spokane is a lazy day for me. Lazy means I don’t have important tasks...

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CROWELL EQ 101 CRASH COURSE
Ask any person this question! In your formal education experience have you taken a class in school or college on EQ? No will be the...

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STORIES – THREE PRINCIPLES
The Pain Principle. The David Principle. The Mephibosheth Principle. The Biblical story of two men, David and Mephibosheth, which depicts the pain principle so well;...

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TAKES AWESOME TO RECOGNIZE AWESOME
What’s better than getting a text from a person you highly respect telling you that you are awesome? Today one of my heroes, Roger Smith,...

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ALL PATHS LEAD SOMEWHERE
Mike is an amazing example of a miracle. Former superintendent of schools, coached two Washington State girls’ state basketball teams and one golf championship team....

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MIRACLE SEARCHES
The difference between an Elegant question and a factual question. Elegant question – How many miracles can you see while looking at the moon? Factual question...

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GOD IS NOT DEAD
What would it mean to you; how would your life be different if it were proven without dispute as an absolute fact that God was...

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LET GOD TRANSFORM ME
If any man be in Christ he is a new creature old things passed away all things become new. – 2nd Corinthians 5:17 Attempting to...

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HOLY HANDS
“Cling to your faith in Christ & have a clear conscience.” – Timothy Around about 64 A.D, which was 31 years after the crucifixion of...

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DOING NOTHING IS DIFFICULT
Coach Jim Harrick delights in saying, “I am doing nothing today and I won’t start until noon.” As my wife Susie recovers from a car...

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NOT MY PLAN
“The steps of a man are establish by the Lord; when he delights in His way…” – Psalm 37 Children are remarkably amazing. As I...

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TIME TO BRAG – Time to be quiet
Until you become a grandparent you cannot understand the urge to brag to the point of ad nauseum about your grand children. No wonder we...

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TO COMPARE IS TO DESPAIR
“If you want to feel inferior, look at someone above you. If you want to feel superior, look at someone beneath you.”  – Walt King...

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UNITY
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – Psalm 133:1 Unity is 10 times more difficult to achieve than...

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NO MATTER WHAT
Want some joy? If yes, read a children’s book to a young child. Few happy life experiences mean more to me than having our 5 year...

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I JUST CALLED TO TELL YOU
Stevie Wonder made famous the song, I Just Called To Say I Love You with the popular lyrics, “I just called to say I love...

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RESTORE OR REBUILD
“Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and dies it abides alone…” Do we destroy the huge bridge, let it stay as is...

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BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Break your sternum and you’ll soon realize the reason Paul chose the breast plate of righteousness as a simile for protection of the chest; a...

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BANG! WHAT HAPPENED?
A missile projectile, called a Dodge Charger, ran through a stop light smashing into Susie Crowell’s car. Several months ago I wrote in the Words...

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THE CHARLENE LOPEZ STORY
How one woman changes lives through hard work and loving people! Char is a legend in Dillingham, a beautiful, one hour Alaska Airlines flight from...

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FAILURE-PAIN-IMAGINATION
3 Vital Components for Future Success Recently at NBC Camps, nearly 200 students came to Whitworth University to get better at basketball – one of...

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THE ROCK
Hello Special Friend among a legion of Fred Crowell friends. Meet the Crowell Cornerstone Rock of Rocks. My fascination with rocks began as a boy: Who loved...

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MAKE TODAY A MASTERPIECE
“You pile up enough tomorrows, and you will find you have nothing but a lot of empty yesterday’s. I don’t know about you but I...

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AT LAST
The incredible moment when man meets the woman who will be the love of his life. For me the two best words in the book...

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THE REALITY OF BEAUTY
If we approach life from an inner beauty stance, we see beauty all around us, in all things; whereas if we are living in squalor...

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CONSOLATION & DESOLATION
“At any given moment you are either in consolation or desolation.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola The idea of “beauty is in the eye of...

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WORM TONGUE
On average we speak 1300 words a minute each day of our lives. What are we telling ourselves? We better be careful of the worm...

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NEVER LOSE YOUR DREAMS
The four P’s – Psalms, purpose, prayer & power. Dr Shann Ferch tells the following story. One day my dad took me to Circle, Montana to...

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GRATITUDE IS THE LINCHPIN TO VIRTUE
Gratitude truly is the linchpin to virtue. I chose to rerun this entry often, as when I go back over the Words of Hope archives, this article stands out....

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TSTVS-LIFE SAVINGS LETTERS
5 letters to memorize in this order T = TAKE S = SUICIDE T = THREATS V = VERY Y = SERIOUSLY Take Suicide threats...

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VICTORY OVER DEPRESSION – a true story
We all need stories of victory.  The following story is, indeed, remarkable. It verifies the powerful impact one person’s love can have on another.  A...

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FREEDOM IS PRICELESS
Today on the Freedom Trail a guide told the history of stories of New Englanders who gave ALL their financial resources to win FREEDOM from...

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DEPRESSION IS A GHOST
“The difference between a ghost and depression is one is imagination the other is for real.” – F. Crowell Depression is real! Depression is devastating!...

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DEALING WITH DEPRESSION
Depression is a ghost that haunts millions of Americans. Depression is a ghost because it is very difficult to see and understand. The ultimate evidence...

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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,...

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STARS
“Above me lay the day blind stars waiting for their light.” – Wendell Berry Twinkle twinkle little star is a delightful childhood rhyme. Sun, moon and...

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GOOD NEWS – GREAT NEWS
The Apostle James encourages us to consider trouble when it comes our way, to be an opportunity for great joy. Common sense tells us this...

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WOMAN
“God’s best gift to man” Careful study of Genesis 1 & 2 brings us to an obvious conclusion that God’s ultimate, most lovely gift to...

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DON’T FORGET THAT FEELING
Emotions are unreliable; change suddenly; are easily influenced by circumstances, and words; they work better when you lead them with strong and decisive leadership, with fact,...

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PRAYER WALK
Ketchikan, Alaska When was the last time you took a prayer walk? It has been awhile for me. Ketchikan is a delightful place nestled in...

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LOVE KIDS LOVE KIDS
“Come to me as a little child.” – Jesus My days are filled with wonder and joy, because I’m living in the world of kids....

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ALASKA
USA’s Best Buy, Russia’s Worst Sale. For 67 million dollars, the United States bought all of Alaska. As I travel the magnificent state, I marvel...

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PSALM 20 – A CROWELL FAVORITE
“One of luckiest men I know is me.” This morning as I looked out at the Pacific Ocean from the 17th floor, I felt like...

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FUNERAL – Victory or defeat?
“Death where is thy victory, where is thy Sting?” – Paul Saturday was a funeral day for the Crowells. Hundreds came to celebrate the life...

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CROWELL’S WAR ON CANCER
“Cancer cannot steal my joy, rob me of hope, or destroy my love for life and people.” These past six years have been some of...

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EYES TO SEE
If you don’t look, you can’t see. If you don’t see, you miss glorious mountains, swift rivers, flowers that take your breathe away and, best...

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LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB?
The world’s best corporation is looking for good people who are difference makers. Not long ago, my Words of Hope spoke to the idea of...

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FINISH STRONG
“Work hard and continue to struggle.” – Timothy Last week a friend sent me a text with this question, “Why do we have to struggle?”...

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UKULELE-JUMPING FLEAS
New discoveries in music and in life. This miniature guitar originated in Portugal. The Hawaiians fell in love with this nimble, fun instrument. They named...

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TRIBUTE TO MR. GENE AVEY
“A dear friend to all dedicated to educating youth, to dream dreams, to love life, to serve family with no reservation and, in a quiet,...

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ESPERANZA MEANS HOPE
Hope is the anchor to my soul. The destination for Mr. And Mrs. C is our beloved Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas. We join the...

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WHERE ARE YOU?
The one good answer is right here, right now. At SEA-TAC while working on an intensely worded email, I lost track of time. Turns out...

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EXAMINATION OF THE HEART
The Psalmist said, “The Lord knows everything about us.” Imagine being able to say, “You know everything about me, even before I say it, and...

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THE NEW WAR ON CANCER
“We may finally be winning the battle to turn what was once a deadly diagnosis into a disease that can be controlled and cured.” – AARP...

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THE AGONY OF DEFEAT
“The thrill of victory is worth the risk of the agony of defeat.”  – Mike Tauriainen, civil engineer, former Crowell player at UAF. Spokanites are...

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NO CRUCIFIXION, NO RESURRECTION
No pain no gain No sorrow no joy No work no pay No crooked line no straight line No hate no love No late no...

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ULTIMATE TRUST
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalms 37:4 Each day, I find myself...

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TRUE CONFESSION TIME
“Fred Crowell is the happiest man I know.” – F. Crowell 74 years ago today I was born next to mother, Kathleen Mitchell Crowell at...

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HUMAN BEING OR HUMAN DOING?
“What is man that you are mindful of him?” These Words of Hope were written from my home on an overcast Saturday morning March 12,...

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WE SAW GIANTS
“We were like grasshoppers in our own sight and so we were in their sight.” – Numbers 13:33b March Madness is here upon us. For...

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DRY UP! GAME ON!
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I’m reminded of a time when my fourth graders were playing for the city championship. At...

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WHEN INTELLECT & EMOTIONS COLLIDE
“Life stands still when head and heart disagree.” The must see movie, Risen, took me back to the most difficult, challenging decision of my young...

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MONDAY – MUNDANE OR MOMENTOUS?
With this February being a leap year, we got a bonus day. We will not have another 29th of February for four more years! My...

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WORDS YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR; YOU’RE FIRED!
March Madness is not only about the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  It is also about the madness in firing of coaches! Nearly every basketball coach in...

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YOU JUST GOT CROWELLED
Scott Rueck, sensational women’s basketball coach at Oregon State coined “Got Crowelled.” Scott was a master coach at an NBC Camp in Hawaii a few...

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EL CAPITAN, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
The Chief Stands tall at 7353 feet. For the first time in our lives Susie and I visited majestic Yosemite National Park with dear friends. I...

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BONHOEFFER ON DEATH
“…LIFE ONLY BEGINS WHEN IT ENDS HERE ON EARTH” – Bonhoeffer St. Paul has often been quoted, “Death where is thy victory, where is thy...

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MARVELOUS WORKMANSHIP
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex.” These days as I am in Cabo San Lucas, two questions I have been asking people are:...

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OPERATE IN PEACE
Who God Says I am, is far more important than who you, or who I, say I am.  In the early 1980’s I was invited...

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FRIDAY WITH FRED
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Through the years, I have come to love beginnings and endings. The Creator of the universe...

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MASTER THE SKILL OF SELLING YOU
Being the best you, is your best guarantee to success. Far too many people in business don’t realize the vast majority of business is based...

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS
A wise practice each morning is to dress for success. The best way is to dress two times, not once! First, dress for the day...

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7 DAYS OF HOPE
Dear Friends of Hope, For the next 7 days, I have selected my 7 favorite Words of Hope written over the past four months. Many who...

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SLEEP PROTECT THE ASSET
Each night when I go to sleep, I die, in the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. – Mahatma Gandhi Our amazing...

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FINISHING MODE IS A DECISION
30 days ago, football experts had written off the Seattle Seahawks. Today the Hawks are one of the most feared football teams! Seahawks Coach, Pete...

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THANKSGIVING WITH THE CROWELL FAMILY
“I will offer to YOU the sacrifice of thanksgiving & will call on the name of the Lord.” Psalm 116:17 Our Special Day dedicated to being...

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CLIMATE – YOU MAKE YOUR OWN WEATHER
I became fascinated with climate and weather in 1965. For nearly 30 days the temperature hovered between 20 and 30 below zero in Fairbanks, Alaska....

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THE SECRET GARDEN
The world’s best vacation destination and it’s free! IN CABO SAN LUCAS ESPERANZA and La Pamilla battle for the number one best resort. On the...

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IT’S  A GIRL
A son is a son until he takes a wife, a daughter is a daughter all her life. The Lord’s promise made to us in...

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DO NOT BE AFRAID
“His appearance was like lightening and His clothes white as snow.” Today my remarkable friend David Tucker will be honored at his memorial service. Mr....

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THE WONDER OF WONDER
“If you are filled with wonder the world Is a wonderful place.” — Winnie the Pooh Yesterday at the Ferch families favorite breakfast spot 13...

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
“If the Bible were a baseball game Psalm 23 would be my home plate.” This first November 15th, Saturday morning the south fork of the Naselle River...

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MORE THAN CONQUERORS – ROMANS 8
“Death where is thy victory? Where is thy sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 David Tucker Story My beloved friend is on his final journey to have...

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DELIGHT IN PEOPLE & PEOPLE DELIGHT IN YOU
St Paul records multitudes of brilliant life giving principles. One used often among motivational experts is in the Apostles encouragement to the Galatians. “BE NOT...

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TRUE SUCCESS!  What is it?
Greetings from the Garden Island of Kauai. Few places on earth match the breathless beauty of Kauai. Furthermore, nowhere do I travel where the spirit...

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THEORY OF 21 – Bryan Luci
These past 30 hours have been lived in the fashion of a Crowell Core Value. I called it EEA (Exceed Expectations Always). Up at 2:30...

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FAITH BRINGS JOY Made RIGHT
I marvel studying the world of dogs. Much more than cats, I understand dogs; they are predictable. Early each morning my predictable friend Keiki comes to...

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CLEAN IS BETTER THAN GOOD
Clean car, clean house, clean body clean mind, clean heart – makes me feel good! I confess I love CLEAN! Never ceases to amaze me how...

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New York City – WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO SIN?
For a boy who grew up in a small Washington state town, the Big Apple can be overwhelming. Last night walking through Time Square to...

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DEATH
DEATH “You aren’t ready to live until you are ready to die.” — Ray Eberle My days in the book of Matthew are nearly completed. The...

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ROMAN SOLDIERS MOCK JESUS
TRUISM:  HURTING PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE As I read Matthew’s account of the brutality, taunting and abuse the ROMAN soldiers inflicted upon Jesus, I reflected on...

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BREAKING NEWS 0001 A.D.
JUDAS HANGS HIMSELF- a lesson in self-destruction. Matthew 27 Breaking news October 2015 Violent man guns down people in Oregon college. He hung others and...

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PUT AWAY YOUR SWORD
A lesson from Matthew 26 Imitation is the FATHER OF LEARNING   At a crucial moment, when Jesus was being arrested, he told Peter to put...

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THE ELIMINATION OF FOOLISHNESS
The parable Matthew records in Chapter 25 uses the metaphor of ten virgins, that reminds me of a story of the miracle rescue of five...

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COME AND SHARE YOUR MASTER’S HAPPINESS
The final week in September must be wedding weekend. The Crowell’s had three invitations. In reading the Gospels Jesus clearly spoke highly of weddings. Yesterday...

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PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
Matthew 23 – Seven Woes. Mathew quotes the Master’s scathing rebuking of those who don’t practice what they preach. In this I saw myself all...

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A date with Fairbanks, Alaska
My buddy the ex tax collector turned apostle won’t be asked for wisdom from me today, today St. Matthew gets a day off. In 1965...

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NO MORE QUESTION THURSDAY
MATTHEW 17 Jesus clearly is the master of the popular “Socratic Method of teaching.” Using questions to discover knowledge, understanding, and most importantly wisdom. In...

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YOU DON’T KNOW!
“If you don’t do it, you don’t know” -Mike Nilson How often do we hear someone say, “I know?” You shouldn’t smoke, “I know it.”...

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WEDDINGS: “Getting married is like swallowing the sun”.
MATTHEW 22 Again Jesus speaks to us about an important life principle in a parable. He said, ”The kingdom of heaven is like King who...

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MAGIC MONDAY
MATTHEW 21 These past 21 days the book of Matthew has become a strong tower in my life. I have come to have appreciation for...

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RED SKIES IN THE MORNING
“The art of changing foul days to blue sky days” MATTHEW 17 500 years ago a young Spanish soldier led his troops to battle against...

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NEVER SO HAPPY TO SEE RAIN
“The skies miracle windex” MATTHEW 16 “When it is evening.. It will be fair weather: for the sky is red….in the morning the weather will...

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THE ULTIMATE CRUCIAL QUESTION? Who do you say that I am?
Vital lesson from MATTHEW 16. Lesson one: Watch out for unhealthy people who influence you in negative ways. “Guard against the yeast” is the metaphor...

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HARD WORK IS NOT ENOUGH
Why is hard work not enough? Because love and passion bring meaning & purpose to HW? Why is meaning and purpose essential to hard work?...

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Green Lights Red Lights
The first day of September is Crowell’s January first day? Why? Always a wise question because if you know the why the “how too follows”...

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MARVELOUS MONDAY
Marvelous day? Why? Because it is a new day Because it is a new week Because it is the last day of the month Because...

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SACRED SUNDAY
Today is a pajama day. (Many years ago Jay loved pajama days). Welcome rains are cleansing showers for smoke filled skies and respiratory relief for...

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MOTHERS
How does a boy become a man without a good mother? This is a mystery to me. When I journeyed to my secret place or...

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About the Author

Fred Crowell has 69 year life experience as a player, coach and father. Coached teams with wins over Washington, Oregon, USC, Kansas St, Illinois, and Rhode Island.


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