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The Values We Should Value

We often value the wrong things. The superstar who gives a large donation that gains press and outshines the widow who makes truly sacrificial gifts. Putting value in time on the job over time with family. Buying more and more and more things. Who should we value, who should we respect?  Many are people that…

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What’s in a Name?

There are names for many things and places.  And I’m sure there’s a story behind the name of that park or school or monument or street.  But we become numb to names and they often go virtually unnoticed. Inside of a building may hold the names of benefactors or public officials that assisted in its…

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I’m a Lousy Fisherman

I’m a lousy fisherman. And I don’t care. The problem is, when you catch one – it’s a fish. Buying a boat and spending hundreds of dollars on tackle (and don’t get me started on ice fishing) for something that I don’t want to eat anyway?  So I don’t have any interest in investing the…

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We’re Building Dreams

A few years ago there was a TV commercial with people building an airplane while it was in flight.  They were welding on the metal, putting in seats, and constructing the plane while it was flying. There were passengers sitting in seats with “wind-tunnel” faces.  A flight attendant was pouring orange juice which, due to…

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Hearing God in Silence

My Devotion was published in Disciplines 2014, p. 326 Psalm 19: 1-6 (A few years ago) I spent several days at a monastery for a personal retreat. It is the monks’ custom to speak little, even during meals. My time there helped me focus on words and silence and the other ways that God speaks.…