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Live With Zeal

The pheasant ran like mad across the field toward the gravel road. He was unable to fly but still capable of rapid ground travel. He headed my way. “Stop him before he gets to the weeds, or we will never find him!”One of my fellow hunters was giving encouragement and practical instruction in the same sentence. I ran to the right to cut him off. He made it past ...

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The Holidays

The holidays are upon us! Last week we enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends and food. Lots of food! I hope you were able to join us for our all-church Thanksgiving dinner. It was a great time of fellowship around the table. I also hope you had a wonderful time with your family giving thanks for all the blessings the Lord has provided. At one of our meal...

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Curmudgeon

Stephen Myers introduced me to the word one evening during a Q & A Connection service. He used the word “curmudgeon” in one of his answers. I asked for a definition. Off the cuff, he mentioned something about a person who was very difficult to get along with. When I looked at the definition in the dictionary, I found his answer to be precise, but incomplete...

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The Kitchen Window

I like a window above the kitchen sink. I guess the fondness stems from my childhood when I would look out the kitchen window, through our backyard, over our short, chain-link fence, between the sides of our backyard neighbors’ houses, to see the driveway of my best friend’s house. Didn’t even have to pick up the phone and call. All I had to do was look t...

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Ultimately, his action spoke louder than his words. During his lifetime he had voiced more than his share. Arrogant words. Profane words. Denying words. Critical words. Peter always had something to say. Moments of silence lasted only briefly when he was in the crowd.His gift of gab was radically redirected once the Holy Spirit took up residence inside of him on the day of...

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Get It Out!!

A few weeks ago, as our evening was winding down, I was in the back of the house getting ready for bed when I heard a bloodcurdling scream coming from Kathleen in the living room. It seems as though someone (probably me) had left the backdoor open just a bit to allow a little bit of cool breeze to come through the house. Well, seizing on that opportunity, a small snake dec...

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Cheering for the Cubbies

Jeff and Zoie DeFehr stopped by the house during the National League Championship Series to bring Nancy a gift. Nancy’s recent trip to Chicago had convinced her to become a Cubs’ fan. She toured Wrigley Field with her sisters and heard nearly two hours of information about everything from the ivy on the outfield walls to the names on the uniforms. Did you know ...

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Encouraging One Another

We all need encouragement. The scriptures tell us that we are to encourage each other. It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I am very blessed to have been raised in a home with parents who were very encouraging, not only to me but to my sisters as well. It didn’t matter i...

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Jesus brings Peace

My niece Lynda married Cooper in her parents’ back yard. Actually, the back yard that my sister Sheri and her husband Keith have created and maintained over the years is more like a park. A well thought out, meticulously maintained park. Keith owns and operates a nursery and landscaping business in Manhattan, Kansas. Sheri works hard and thinks wisely. Their combined...

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Changing of the Seasons

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