Take Care of Yourself...no one else will

How to Win at Life…Even When Life’s Beating You Up

I have a number of friends and family going through difficult situations right now. The kind of situations that can make us question ourselves and our faith.

Marriage problems…

Health problems…

A child that received a much-needed heart transplant but his body rejected it. He is now in a coma…and has been for over 4 weeks.

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Emotions During Business Failure

Business Failure and Dry Bones

Two years ago, I was sitting in a Panera pouring my heart out to my pastor. At the time, we owned a business and it was failing. I wanted someone to commiserate and pray with.

In late 2012, my wife and I decided – after what we thought was thorough planning and much advice and prayer – to open a business. It took nearly all our savings (bad idea) and a $250,000 Small Business Administration loan to get the doors open, but in April 2013, we took our first customers.

​Business took off right away! By the end of the first month, we were one of the top franchisees in the system. Revenues were ahead of our projections, but so were our expenses. It was truly amazing how fast we were burning through our cash reserves!

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Things We Wish We Had Said

From the back cover: This book is a collection of personal letters written between Tony Campolo and his adult son, Bart. At times it's funny; at times it leaves the reader quite sobered. Above all, it's always honest as it portrays the challenges of growing up and parenting.

Parents will be delighted with the observations and wisdom on raising children and teenagers will be greatly assisted by the discussions regarding further education and careers.

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Listening to God in Times of Choice

All Christians yearn to live at the center of God's will. But how to discern his will is an art that eludes many of us. And the advice we get often conflicts.

​Some tell us to look for a divine "blueprint" - the one perfect plan for our lives that we need to find. We are encouraged to search the Scriptures and hunt for signs, trying to uncover the map of our lives that God has drawn.

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Trusting God's Desire for Relationship

Trusting God’s Desire for Relationship

We are only beginning to understand the brain and how we think.

Author and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman says that we essentially have two brains. A fast one and a slow one. Or, put another way, a lazy one and an active one. In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, he explains the research that proves his theory.

Over our lifetimes, according to Dr. Kahneman, we develop short cuts in our brain to help us cope and make decisions more quickly and - many times, but not always - more accurately. Our brain combines our life experiences, our knowledge and our preferences into a decision framework to ease and speed up our decision making.

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how can i trust god in the rain

How Can I Trust God When I Can’t Understand?

I woke up this morning to the pitter patter of a gentle rain on the rooftop. Now, it's been almost 2 months since we've had measurable rain in my area, so I just laid there for 15 or 20 minutes listening to the sweet sound. I was enjoying the sound and thanking God for the much-needed blessing when he started me thinking.

I began to wonder why God allows dry times like we've experienced over the last couple months. Then I wondered why he chose today to bring us relief.

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Feel Better About Yourself

Feel Better About Yourself and Your Life – Guaranteed

Do you ever feel like life is swirling around you and you want to stop it but you just don’t know how? One minute it’s Christmas and the next time you breathe, you’re on Summer vacation. You’re at the hospital welcoming your new grandchild, but it seems like just yesterday your daughter was curled up in your lap listening to you read her a bedtime story. Where does the time go? How do we make it more valuable?

At today’s helter skelter pace, it’s easy for me to get caught up in my responsibilities and forget to really live. It’s easy to be so concerned with what my wife thinks, what my boss thinks or what the neighbors think that I end up living a life I don’t want trying to impress others or live up to the world’s ever-increasing and unreachable standards. As the adage says, “I worked so hard climbing the ladder just to realize when I got to the top that it was leaning against the wrong wall.”

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Operation Christmas Child

Serving at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Boone, NC

November 25, 2016

Thanks to some family friends, we had pleasure of serving at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Boone, NC yesterday. We have packed boxes in the past, but it was neat to peek behind the scenes at a processing center and see what happens to all those boxes at their last stop before leaving the US.

The Processing Centers (PC for short) operate two shifts during their peak season, which this year runs from November 22 - December 17. We decided to volunteer for the first shift, so we started at 9 am and finished at 5 pm. After checking in, getting our name tags and watching a two short introductory and training videos, we were led to the tables we would be working at and introduced to our Team Leader.

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Thankful for the best gift ever

Someone Gave You the Best Gift Ever – Have You Thanked Them?

Do the names Marvin and Wesley Cousins or Larry Bryant mean anything to you? Unless you're from the Pratt, Kansas area and of a certain age, they probably don't ring and bells. But to me and my brother, Mike, they're three of the most wonderful names we've ever known. They gave us the best gift ever given.

Marvin and Wesley were family friends during my early teenage years. We didn't hang out a lot together, but we played little league baseball in the summer together and would sometimes go to the city pool together or spend the night at each other's house. We originally got to know them because their mom befriended our mom at work.

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