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Three Levels of Living

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“When things are at their blackest,” wrote Robert Lynn Asprin, “I say to myself, ‘Cheer up, things could be worse.’ And sure enough, they get worse.”

Joyce Carol Oates, looked at life this way: “Keep a light, hopeful heart. But expect the worst.”

The writer, O’Henry penned, “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”

“We are born crying, live complaining and die disappointed,” wrote Thomas Fuller in 1732. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Success

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A number of years ago Harvard University asked its graduating 1100 Seniors “Is success a destination or a journey?”

930 said it was a destination. They thought it was something you could measure when you had enough money, or achieved a certain fame or position.

What is success? How would you define it? Measure it? Quantify it? Continue reading

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Satisfaction vs Success

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I enjoy reading the conservative columnist Cal Thomas.   Occasionally   I quote from his writings. Today, I want to share his entire March 12, 2014, column. It’s practical. Biblical. And, it will cause you to reconsider your priorities.

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Three Keys To Success

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I’ve tried and failed.  Several times.  So why try again?

I’m too old now.  If I was younger, I might.  But, I’m past my prime.

And besides, I can’t do it myself.  And I doubt anyone would want to help me.

These three excuses have kept more people from trying, more people from succeeding, and more people from a richly rewarding life than we can ever imagine.

Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Just ask Diana Nyad.  Continue reading

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How To be a Spiritual Champion

SuperBowlIf you are a sports fan, what a great week-end!  Some exciting basketball games.  Especially Indiana’s win over #1 Michigan!  And then a Super Bowl that looked like it was going to be a super bust, that saw a comeback by the San Francisco 49ers that just fell short, as the Baltimore Ravens hung on to win.

I’m always reminded when watching sporting events how the qualities that make for success on the athletic field are similar to those we need to acquire in our Christian lives. In fact, the apostle Paul wrote it about using the imagery of the sports world. Continue reading

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How I’ve Written 321 Posts for ThePreachersWord

bloggingSince I first began ThePreachersWord on January 1, 2012, I have been asked several times, “How do you write all those posts for your blog?’

That’s a good question.  Today is post 321.  It is also the final day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, in which I have posted every day in January.  So, how have I written 31 posts in January?  And 321 Since I began?

Here’s how.  Continue reading

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Are You Living Life at the Highest Level?

Norma at the BeachWe are born crying, live complaining and die disappointed,” wrote Thomas Fuller in 1732.  The writer, O’Henry penned, “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”  And Janis Joplin, a rock and blues singer of my teen years, once said, “Life is something you do while waiting to die.”  Continue reading

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