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Making a List and Checking it Twice, Planning for a Better Year

  As we come to the end of 2016 it is wise to take some time to reflect. We probably have as many if not more concerns than we had last year at this time. I am making a list and checking it twice; over the next several days! My list has nothing to do […]


Be Sober, the Lack of Alcohol Does Not Cause One to be Sober

I grew up in a home with an alcoholic parent. The uncertainty, the violence, the feeling of living in chaos was ever present. It is likely that many of you had similar experiences. There are more than 12 million alcoholics in the United States.  As a child one of the things I vowed to do […]


Yes or No; It’s Your Choice

Though these words are small when we look at the space that they occupy on paper, they speak volumes in our collective lives; yes or no. The course of action we take is related to one of these words leading to a complex series of solutions to queries that may appear to be simple. Yes […]


Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Our spiritual attributes, much like our physical characteristics are highly visible and apparent to an observer. The content of a heart can be seen in the way a person behaves; their habits, and responses. Actions speak louder than words! Work Ethic and Performance What does your work look like? What are your works? Actions speak […]


Spiritual Growth or Decline?

Determining if we are growing spiritually is not the easiest thing to do. However, it is a quality of life issue that each of us must address, or we run the risk of missing God’s best for us. This issue, like the most important issues we have in life, require our deliberate attention. We possess […]


The Illusion of Knowledge

There is a great deal of pressure on everyone to be ”in the know”. Knowledge is potentially a search away on any of the multitude of devices available to us today. The short term benefits of having some knowledge may prevent the long term gains of acting wisely. The illusion of knowledge can cause us […]

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Where You Live is Important

There is a word that causes some to shutter, others to scoff and some to close their eyes and point an accusing finger. It is less than three letters long and describes a part of each of us. That word is sin. As long as we are unclear about sin we are unclear about its […]