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Door-dings are unnecessary distractions

In 1991, we purchased a new maroon Chevrolet Lumina with a gray cloth interior, the car version, not the mini-van. As a matter of context, I was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in Universal City, Texas northeast of San Antonio. Cheri and I and our two sons, who were in elementary school at the...

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Scoring for the opposing team

In a game of athletics, whether soccer, hockey, basketball, or football, scoring for the other team is somewhat easy. An inadvertent tip here and a deflection there is all it takes. You may have watched a basketball player get disoriented and drive to the opponent’s basket and score a goal only to find out, with...

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The Church, what it is, and who builds it

  People use the phrase, “If you build it, they will come” and often contribute it to the 1989 classic movie, “Field of Dreams.” However, the original phrase was, “If you build it, he will come.” Ultimately, the movie was about one farmer following his dream and building a baseball field in his cornfield. In...

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If anyone come after me . . .

How excited are you about “coming after” Jesus or, in other words, “following” Jesus? Do you know the expectations? Do you understand the cost? I want to warn you before you read the rest of this, it isn’t the typical religious self-focused, health and wealth diatribe. So what does Jesus say about the expectations of...

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Fit for a King

The idea of a king having sovereign authority is relatively unfamiliar to most Americans and, for that matter, not welcome.  Obviously, we as Americans, rebelled against the King of England and gained our independence in 1776. At best, in the modern era, we catch a headline here and there and maybe a glimpse of English...

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Show Me the Fruit

In the 1996 movie, “Jerry McGuire,” when sports agent Jerry McGuire, played by Tom Cruise, asked Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr., “what can I do for you?, Rod answered, “show me the money.” After all, if you were a professional athlete, what else would you ask of your sports agent?...