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Aspen Groves

Aspen Groves  Fishlake National Forest in Utah is the home of the largest organism in the world. This organism, thousands of years old, is named Pando, Latin for “I spread,” is a massive grove of aspen trees. Aspen trees are not like oak or maple trees growing in your back yard. One aspen tree is only a small part of...

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Drifting Toward a Church Club

There is a noticeable drift in the local church toward “church club.” The church experience has become more about image, entertainment and what’s trending rather than worship, fellowship, serving and making disciples. After all, clubs are typically all about glorifying the individual through an event experience. In contrast, the authentic local church is all about...

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Celebrating Harvest

It’s time for harvest! The farmers are battling rainy and wet conditions to bring in the harvest as the combines are in the fields bringing in the grain. They’ve worked hard since early Spring in anticipation for harvest. They’ve disked, planted, removed rocks, irrigated, cultivated, sprayed insecticide, dealt with various varmints and I’m sure many...

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Community

Community Are you lonely even in a crowd? Even though we have smart phones, world-wide internet access and various social media platforms where we can interact and communicate with people, loneliness among Americans seems to get worse not better. What we’ve discovered is a social media “friend” doesn’t guarantee friendship. The General Social Survey found that the...

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Availability

Availability Cheri and I were able to spend the weekend with family. We had family visiting from Ohio, and we all got together with our sons and their family in Omaha. You might say it was a small family reunion. Some of us even went to the Buckeye vs. Husker game and that was an...

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Plugged In & Powered Up

Plugged In and Powered Up   A couple of weeks ago my wife called and said, “my computer is completely dead. It has a black screen and it won’t power up.”  At that point I thought to myself as I rolled my eyes, “oh great another unplanned expense. Fabulous!”  And then I said, “make sure...

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Too Much

Too Much Have you ever wondered about the implications of having too much? On the other end of the spectrum, most of us have had moments of anxiousness and often overcompensate to prevent having too little. My grandparents and a great grandmother, all I got to know intimately, had at least one thing in common. They...

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Knowing and Living Your Identity

Knowing and Living Your Identity   A couple of weeks ago Cheri and I had the privilege of viewing the movie, “Overcomer.”  The same Kendrick Brothers that made movies like “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof,” “Courageous” and “War Room” also created this movie. If you haven’t watched the movie, I highly recommend it as a must-see movie. I don’t...

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Juggling Your Gods

As we study ancient Greek mythology, we discover that there were many Greek gods and goddesses but the most important were the twelve Olympians, namely: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Ares, Apollo, Hermes, Dionysus, Artemis, Hera, Aphrodite, Athena and Demeter. If you think 12 gods is awkward, try understanding Hinduism claiming 33 million gods. Although, the list of polytheistic...