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Let’s Encourage One Another To Keep Climbing

 

Norma Jean and I are currently enjoying some post-meeting R & R in the Smoky Mountains.  Yesterday was a gorgeous crisp fall day. Sunny.  Clear.  And perfect for a drive to higher elevations and some walking.

Clingman’s Dome was our destination.  At 6643 feet, it’s the highest mountain in the Smokies.  From the observation tower, you get an amazing 360-degree panoramic view of the mountains. And on a clear day, like yesterday, you can see 7 states and over 100 miles. Continue reading

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A Refreshing Ministry

We’re back in Florida for three weeks visiting our kids and grandkids. And it’s hot. Really hot. Temperatures in the 90’s. Heat index over 100.

On days like these, an ice-cold glass of water and just a little breeze provides a needed respite and a refreshing break.

This morning in looking at today’s Bible reading, I am also reminded of the need for spiritual refreshment. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: A Kind Word of Encouragement

Seed Thoughts

My wife, Norma Jean, has a little devotional book that relates a neat story about a famous singer scheduled to perform in a Paris opera house. The event was sold out in a short time. Continue reading

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Learning Empathy and Encouragement From First Graders

First Graders

Last Sunday in an NFL wild card game, the Minnesota Vikings lost a heart breaker to the Seattle Seahawks 10-9. It was a classic case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

With only 26 seconds left in the game, Blair  Walsh, one of the best kickers in the league, had a golden opportunity to be the hero by kicking a 27 yard field goal, a chip shot in the NFL. Instead, he became the goat. Continue reading

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Am I a Builder or a Wrecker?

Builder. Wrecker

I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,
They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
The men you’d hire if you had to build?” Continue reading

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Do You Need A Push?

Eagles Push

In his book, with the captivating title, “Even Eagles Need A Push,” Dave McNally tells about a man being awakened one night with a loud knock at the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock. It’s 3:30 AM!

“I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows.

“Aren’t you going to answer that?” whispers his wife.

So he drags himself out of bed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is a man standing at the door. It doesn’t take him long to realize the man is drunk. Continue reading

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The Power of Encouragement

Black mother hugging son outdoors

Living in the inner city of Detroit was tough enough on 8-year-old Ben, but it got even worse when his father walked out on the family.

Ben’s mother, Sonya, was determined to fight through the heartbreak, fear and financial struggle. Although she only had a third-grade education, she insisted Ben and his brother get an education. However, Ben was ridiculed in school and was nick-named “Dummy” by the other fifth graders.  Continue reading

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