Stability Within Change

Changing Seasons While the extremes vary, everyone experiences changing seasons no matter where they live. Even Hawaii changes seasons, though not an extreme difference and only between two different seasons (summer and winter). If you think changing seasons are unchangeable events, think […]

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5 Habits for Getting and Staying in Shape

The New Testament uses a variety of athletic metaphors to describe the life of a Christian. These references were certainly understood by those to whom the letter was written since the Olympic games, along with the Isthmian Games, the Nemean Games and […]

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The Best Lessons from a Track Meet

Track meets provide a unique perspective on being the best. At one meet, a runner can get the best time and win a race only to find himself less than the best at the next meet even if he runs the same […]

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Tinsel – Not Just for Decoration!

One of my boys’ (ages 13 and 11) favorite Christmas movies is “The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen. Toward the end of the movie, some of the elves help Santa escape from jail by using tinsel to cut the hinges off the cell door. In this scene, one of the elves says, “Tinsel. Not just for decorating.” My boys love this part in the movie, and we hear the quote

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Thanksgiving in August?

Since yesterday was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the resounding message in churches around the country was most likely about giving thanks. My pastor focused on “Thanksgiving Leftovers” and how to move from Thanksgiving to “Thanksliving.” He encouraged the congregation to be insightful about a focus on the present, to consider our motives, and to be sure to consider every area about which we can be thankful

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Defeating the Winter Blues

While debate exists over the cause and even the existence of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), few doubt the impact of the dreary conditions of wintertime, especially those who live in areas with little sun in winter. For me, the term that best […]

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Lessons from Galatians

Every year, my oldest son (now 15) attends Christians In Training at Bair Lake Bible Camp. And ever year, he asks if he can write a post about what he learned at camp. This is the third installment of that “series.” 4 […]

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Overcoming Overload with Balance

Last month’s focus on technology was interesting because I didn’t realize the impact of technology in the details of my life. I didn’t realize how out of balance I truly was regarding my use of technology and my need for almost constant […]

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How to… Have the Best Summer Break Yet

After adopting our youngest son two years ago, we discovered the need to create more structure in our summers than we’d had previously. (Our oldest is very independent and keeps occupied easily.) The tips below are the result of what has worked […]

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