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Being Other-Oriented

At her graduation ceremony, Verda Tetteh learned that she’d received a $40,000 scholarship.

Ten minutes later she walked back to the podium, apologized for interrupting the ceremony, then shocked and surprised the Fitchburg, Massachusetts, audience with this announcement. Continue reading

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2020 Ministry Report

“This has been the best year ever,” exclaimed my 6-year-old grandson, Miles, last Sunday after worship.

I doubt that many would echo his sentiment. However, I think little Miles was excited about his bounty of Christmas gifts this year. His narrow view of the world doesn’t extend too much beyond the immediate. His family. His school. And life in old Homosassa.

2020 has been unprecedented by the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. It has impacted our nation and world. And it has directly affected communities, businesses, families, and churches. Many believe it even influenced the outcome of our Presidential election. I’m sure most folks can’t wait for 2020 to be over. Continue reading

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Teach it Forward

I received an e-mail the other day from Platform University asserting that “the Age of Information has ended.”

The point of the article was that we now have access an to overwhelming amount of information. The excitement and euphoria have worn off. And now we’re filtering out the daily deluge of announcements, advertisements, offers, solicitations, and notifications.

What is needed today, the authors opine, are real experts who can understand the information, analyze it, and provide interpretation, insight, and application. Continue reading

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Celebrating the Ministry of God’s Women

My daughter-in-law, April, who’s a family practice physician, recently told me that women now comprise more than 50% of all medical school students.

In the past 50 years, we have witnessed more women in prominent positions in every profession and occupation. In business, industry, entertainment, education, finance, health-care, and politics, women are serving, excelling, and occupying leadership roles. Continue reading

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2019 Ministry Report

In June 2018 we stepped away from full time located work and launched this new ministry phase of our lives.

We began with the idea of freeing ourselves from the limitations of working with one local church and combining travel with ministry opportunities. It has been both rewarding and exciting.

Here’s a short review of our travels and preaching opportunities for 2019 Continue reading

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Five Lessons We Learn From the Jerusalem Church

Last night we concluded a meeting with the Northside church in Hillsboro, Ohio. It was special to return where we first began full-time preaching 47 years ago.

Our theme was WHAT MATTERS MOST based on Acts 2:41-47. Continue reading

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Making the Most of Opportunity

A young man was in love with a farmer’s beautiful daughter.  When he went to the farm to ask for her hand in marriage, the farmer said, “Son, you can marry my daughter if you can catch one of my bulls by the tail.  I’ll give you three chances.” Continue reading

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Are We Providing Exceptional Service?

“Chick-fil-A is dominating fast food” according to an article this week in Business Insider.

Journalist Hayley Peterson reports that “the company generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast-food chain in the US.”

“Despite its relatively small size, Chick-fil-A also ranks highly in terms of its total sales. The chain generated nearly $8 billion in revenue in 2016, making it the eighth-largest fast-food chain in the US, according to QSR.” Continue reading

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God Uses Cracked Pots

While writing yesterday’s post about ability, I came across this old parable by an unknown author entitled “Cracked Pots.” Those of us who are less than perfect can appreciate this piece and be encouraged by it.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. Continue reading

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Two Words That Can Make the World a Better Place

World a better place

Over the past two weeks the two major political parties and their candidates have inundated us with speeches and information on how they, and they alone, can make the country better.  Yes, even great. Again.

Each one believes their platform is positioned to not only improve America in general, but the lives of each of its citizens specifically. And by extension make the world a better place.

I’m afraid if we’re waiting for politicians, government, party platforms, business people or slogans to substantially improve our well-being, we will be waiting a long time.

I have a two-word solution for making the world a better place. Continue reading

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