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Word of the Week: Celebrate

Ten-year-old Ange Shephard, who grew up in a small Nova Scotia town, became enamored with Southern California, and especially Los Angeles.

In his book Forward, David Jeremiah relates Ange’s story and how she would dial the 323 area code plus 7 random numbers, and when someone answered she’d say, “Hi, is this LA?”

Then she’d hang up, just thrilled to talk to someone from Los Angeles, dreaming one day of living there. Her calls, however, came to an abrupt end when her father saw the phone bill. But her dreams didn’t. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Invest

In his book, Forward, David Jeremiah, tells the story of See’s Candies, began by a Canadian couple, Charles and Florence See.

Charles’ mother, Mary, moved with them and brought her treasured recipes for candies. In November of 1921, they opened their first candy store in Los Angeles. In 1972 the See family sold their thriving business for $25 million to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Believe

The power of belief has been well documented in physical and material pursuits in life. From sports to business, to our personal goals and dreams belief in a necessary ingredient for success.

Napoleon Hill, known for his books on self-help and positive thinking, in his classic bestseller Think and Grow Rich, wrote, “Whatever your mind can conceive, and believe, it can achieve.”

As we continue to explore the theme Reaching Forward, and discuss the 10 concepts in Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, Forward, that are encapsulated in a single word, we come to the word, “believe.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Focus

As a young man growing up in Northern Italy, Luciano Pavarotti was torn between being a teacher or pursuing a career in music.

His mother, a cigar factory worker, often said, “Your voice touches me whenever you sing.” But a career in music was risky following World War II so she suggested he become an athletic instructor. His father, a baker and an amateur tenor encouraged him to continue developing his voice.

While he continued his musical studies he also enrolled in a teacher’s college. Following graduation, Luciano sought his father’s advice. “Shall I be a teacher or a singer?” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Choose

Dr. David Jeremiah. in his book Forward, suggests one of the reasons why we flounder in moving forward is a failure to diminish our distractions. And our distractions are often created by a failure to choose what is best.

“Understanding that not all things are equally important is an essential part of the forward life,” Jeremiah writes. This, of course, calls for us to set our priorities in order to stay focused and “accomplish what really matters.”

As we continue considering our theme for 2021, Reaching Forward, our word of the week reminds us that our dreams and prayers are not enough. We must make the right choices. Continue reading


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Word of Week: Pray

“How many times have we heard people talk about the power of prayer? That is a mistake. Prayer has absolutely no power.”

These are not the words of an atheist, infidel, or unbeliever, but of a gospel preacher, Edwin Crozier. But before you dismiss this as ridiculous and quit reading, hear Edwin’s explanation. 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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Weekly Recap: January 3-8

Good morning from Temple Terrace, Florida,

It’s a bit cool here in the pre-dawn hours at 54 degrees, with a predicted drop to 48 and highs today only in the ’50s. So, winter can be a bit tough here in Florida sometimes!

We’re enjoying time with our grandchildren, working on finding a house we can call home, and counting our many blessings.  In addition, we have an opportunity to see many of our friends from bygone days. 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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