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Vanna’s Marriage Advice

In a recent post on yahoolife, Wheel of Fortune, co-host Vanna White offers her thoughts on fashion, aging, and exercise.

Vanna joked that it’s “depressing” to her how much she’s aged since beginning work on the Wheel 40 years ago. In listening to the interview, Vanna’s self description as “that country girl…simple and comfortable and not glammed out all the time” seemed natural and genuine. During the interview she shared her views on marriage and the advice she gives her two children, now in their twenties. Continue reading

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Are You Prepared?

“Hurricane Ian’s uncertain path has all of us preparing” read a CNN headline Monday morning after the National Hurricane Center officially upgraded Ian from a tropical storm to a category 1 hurricane. This morning Ian is a powerful category 3  hurricane as it moves over Western Cuba and predicted to reach a category 4.  And appears to be barreling toward Tampa Bay.

“Be prepared” are the key words we’re hearing from the news media, Florida Governor DeSantis and local officials. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #101

Our list this week is adapted from Perry Hall’s excellent book, Grace Does That?

Perry affirms that to truly understand grace, we must understand that Jesus must have first place in our lives. That “there is no one above Him, no one more important.”

So, if we are to glorify God and to walk worthily of the Lord, then it should be apparent that Jesus is supreme in our lives. Continue reading

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Remember Who You Are

I don’t remember when I first heard it. But I remember who said it. And where I heard it.

Dee Bowman was preaching in a gospel meeting where I was located. In the course of his sermon on Christian Living, he related advice that he gave to his son, Russ, when he was a teenager and would leave the house with his friends. Continue reading

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Some Reflections on the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Yesterday I joined an estimated 7 billion people around the world who watched at least portions of the Queen’s funeral.

Watching the pomp and pageantry unfolding beneath the magnificent gothic arches of Westminster Abbey, a myriad of thoughts and feelings swirled around within me. Continue reading

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Hebrews 9:27-28

Cal Thomas, related in a recent post watching BBC and the Sky News coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death. Thomas admitted he was surprised by two things.

“The first is that so many people interviewed were shocked at the Queen’s death.”

“Why should they be shocked?” Thomas wondered. “She was 96 years old and in failing health.” Continue reading

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How to Grow in Godliness?

Thomas Monaghan,  the founder of Domino’s Pizza and its CEO from 1970 to 1985 grew a small debt ridden business to what is today the largest Pizza chain in the world with sales exceeding 8.6 billion dollars in 2021.

Once asked to account for the incredible growth of the company, Monaghan explained,  “I programed everything for growth. Everyday we develop people–the key to growth is developing people, not special cheese, not tasty crust, not fast delivery, but people.  People are the key to all effective leadership.” Continue reading

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Applications of Godliness

“The key to godliness is not more knowledge,” opined Woodrow Knoll, “but more obedience.”

Indeed, godliness issues itself in following Jesus, daily bearing His cross, and willingly submitting to His commands (Lk. 9:23).  Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (Jn 14:15). The beloved John further amplified that fact when he wrote, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1Jn. 5:3).  Continue reading

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What is the Source of Godliness?

“If ideas have consequences, and they clearly do, the most consequential of all our ideas is the idea of God,” opined Gary Henry in his daybook Enthusiastic Ideas. “Nowhere does life ask us any more basic question, than when it asks us what we’re going to believe about God.”

Gary then argues that (1) if we are open to the idea that God exists, and (2) we accept the truth about God and make a commitment to Him, then this knowledge and belief should translate into a godly life. Continue reading

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What’s On Your Mind?

“What’s on your mind,” is the first question you see when you log onto your facebook page?

You are provided with a convenient box to post what you want to share. However, there are some options. You can post something public for everyone to see. Or you can post a thought that only those on your friends’ list will see. Or you can exclude certain friends from seeing what you post. Continue reading

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