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Word of the Week: Partnership

There are certain people that when you say one name you think of another person. For example…

Abbott & Costello

Barnum & Bailey

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

Laurel & Hardy

Proctor & Gamble Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Workmanship

“You are Special” is the title of a children’s book by Max Lucado, in which he tells about a unique community of painted wooden people called Wemmicks.

The Wemmicks give each other gold stars for their achievements or a gray dot sticker for doing not well enough. Punchinello tries hard to receive gold stars from his fellow Wemmicks, but all he ever gets is gray dots. Sadly Punchinello thinks he isn’t very important or worth very much.

Then one day Punchinello meets another Wemmick, Lucia, who doesn’t have any stickers. Neither gold stars nor gray dots. Why? She explains the stickers will not stick to her. Punchinello doesn’t want any stickers on him either. So Lucia takes him to visit Eli, the maker of all Wemmicks. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Consistency

Oscar Wilde is credited with saying that “Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”

Wilde’s point was that consistent living can become a wearisome repetition of sameness day after day. Such consistency can degenerate into a life that is dull. Boring. Trite. Listless. Languid. And essentially lifeless.

In response, an unknown author issued this challenge to get out of the consistency rut. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Temperance

“Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul,” wrote, Frances E. Willard, a 19th-century American educator and president of the Women’s Temperance Union.

In Willard’s time, the concept of temperance was often linked to the total abstinence of alcoholic beverages. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Feelings

Last night Norma Jean and I were watching a Hallmark movie where the two lead characters, Jessica and Ted, were best friends from childhood.

When Ted reveals that he’s engaged to Jennifer, a high school classmate who Jessica remembers as “the queen of mean,” all kinds of feelings for Ted began to surface. To complicate matters Ted wants Jessica to plan their wedding. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Willpower

I recently read about a woman in a diet club who was lamenting that she had gained weight.

She reported that she’d made her family’s favorite cake during the weekend and half of it was eaten at dinner.

The next day, she said, she kept staring at the other half until finally, she cut a thin slice for herself. One slice led to another, and soon the whole cake was gone. The woman went on to tell us how upset she was with her lack of willpower and how she knew her husband would be disappointed.

Everyone commiserated until someone asked what her husband said when he found out. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Encouraging

“We need encouraging lessons,” one of the Shepherds of a local church said regarding a meeting I’m scheduled to hold this Fall.

He observed that not only had COVID-19 had an impact on their Church Family but also other events had taken their toll as well. I suspect this can be said of most local congregations that have had extended periods of not assembling and still have not returned to a normal schedule. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Faithfulness

Tim Hansel, in his book Holy Sweat, relates the remarkable story of Clarence Jordan, “a man of unusual abilities and commitment.”

Jordan earned two Ph.D.s, one in agriculture and the other in Biblical languages. His talent and skill could have been used for many profitable pursuits, but he and his wife, Florence, decided to help poor people in rural Georgia–both black and white. So, in 1942 they founded Koinonia Farm in Americus, GA. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Friendships

 

This past weekend Norma Jean and I have enjoyed the hospitality of our friends Aaron and Kristin Thompson in Castle Rock, Colorado.

We first meet Aaron and Kristin when we moved to Tampa in 2002 to work with the North Boulevard church. They were single college students. During our time there, they began dating, married, and sweet Molly was born. After moving to Colorado they gave birth to their son Caleb, a lovable, energetic little fellow.

Being with the Thompsons rekindles my appreciation for the need, joy, and value of good friendships. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Seek

An army General was walking around the base one day and saw soldier acting oddly.

The soldier picked up a piece of paper off the ground. Looked at it. Frowned. Shook his head. And said, “That’s not it.”

This same scenario was frequently repeated every day for some time. He would pick up some random scrap paper and mutter, “That’s not it.”

Finally, his commanding officer sent him to the base psychiatrist for a mental evaluation. After extensive testing, it was determined the solider was mentally imbalanced and was given a medical discharge. Continue reading

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