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Word of the Week: Dream

In his book “Forward,” David Jeremiah tells a neat story about an Alabama woman, Mary Anderson.

In 1902 Mary was visiting New York City during a winter snowstorm. While riding a streetcar she noticed the driver had a problem with visibility because of the sleet and snow. He either had to stop and wipe the snow off the window or keep it open. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Don’t Look Back

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you,” often quipped Leroy “Satchel” Paige the charismatic pitcher of the old Negro League in the 1920’s and ‘30’s.

“Don’t look back,” apparently was Paige’s philosophy both in baseball and in life. Paige could have been bitter about the times in which he lived which prevented him from playing baseball in the Major League because of segregation. It wasn’t until 1948 at the age of 42 he made his debut with the Cleveland Indians. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Discipline

“The most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not,” wrote Thomas L. Huxley.

“It is the first lesson, “Huxley opined, “that ought to be learned and however early a person’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learns thoroughly.”

This week we’re writing about our 2021 theme: “Reaching Forward.” It’s based on this text, written from a Roman prison toward the end of Paul’s life. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Determination

“Some of the world’s greatest men and women have been saddled with disabilities and adversities but have managed to overcome them,” observed author and evangelical leader Ted W. Engstrom

Engstrom offered these illustrations to prove his point.

“Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott.”

“Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan.”

“Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington.” Continue reading

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Reaching Forward–Direction

The late, great Hall of Fame New York Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, was famous not only for his on the field heroics, but his funny off the field quips, which came to be known as Yogi-isms.

He once responded about his witticisms, “I never said most of the things I said.”

After a game, when he was asked about going to a certain restaurant, Yogi responded, “Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore — it’s too crowded.”

Here are a few more. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward–Devotion

Author and minister, Bill Hybels, was once talking with one of his members about some of the “tough topics” he had taught through the years.

Among the difficult lessons he mentioned were hell, money, sex, relational confrontation, and self-discipline.

The member then asked, “Of all the topics you’ve preached on, which has been the hardest to get across?” Continue reading

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