founding documents

Freedom of speech is one of the landmark rights that US citizens hold dearly and will take to court to defend.  While the court cases usually also involve other constitutional issues, much of our need for expression boils down to airing our opinions.  Most of us probably don’t realize how strong that drive is until…

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toddler crying

When our oldest son was 2-years old, he had two favorite phrases, “NO!” and “I do it, I do it!”  Most of us are aware this is a normal developmental progression when a child realizes he is a separate person from his parents, and starts testing the limits.  But, I’ve always been struck by how…

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stop sign

“Stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14) Jesus spoke these words to the invalid He had healed at the Bethesda pool on a later encounter at the Temple, when the man was totally functional.  Because we think of Jesus as the Healer, operating in unconditional love, these particular words have always…

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man in workshop

Both my father and father-in-law grew up in the Depression Era, and were extraordinarily resourceful in finding solutions to fix most any problem they encountered.  My husband now carries on this tradition with the help of the internet.  I’ve observed how all these men in their humble ways have taken personal satisfaction in being able…

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angry woman

Have you ever worked really hard on a project – long hours with sleepless nights – and achieved great success, only to have a boss, family member, or someone else take the credit for it? #%@!#@X&%!! Pride is the source of this terrible, infamous human failing. Pride operates in both the arrogant audacity of stealing…

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cup and ball painting

The cup game has been around for a long time.  The objective is to follow the cup with the bean seed underneath as it is mixed and shuffled with two other empty cups.  While it sounds like a simple thing to track, most of us get it wrong when the shuffling stops and we have…

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street signs with question mark

The search for truth is an age-old quest of man.  We want truth that makes sense, based on evidence, until the evidence changes and we have to look for other criteria.  Perhaps truth should be based on what is right, or maybe on belief systems.  But that truth becomes shifting sands, as there are almost…

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measuring tape

How odd that the God Who created the universe and all matter, can exceed the limitations of our minds in His greatness, while also seeming so distant and powerless in our daily lives. We read of His exploits of dividing a sea of water into two vertical walls providing a dry path through the middle,…

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