Posts Tagged ‘Purpose’

Age is just a number

You’ve heard the phrase, “Age is just a number.” People who use that phrase are usually on the “high side” of that number. Be that as it may, what does it mean? It’s a statement that age doesn’t define who you are. It clearly doesn’t represent what you have accomplished. It doesn’t indicate what is…

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“One bell”

There is an unseen factor that growing businesses and ministries share. The fact is most people ignore it.  People will look at any business or a ministry in my world and say, “Why is it growing?” They attribute growth to this or that, but one of the factors that is most commonly overlooked is unity…particularly,…

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A friend of mine died today

A friend of mine died today. He was working on his roof and fell. It looked bad from the beginning, but he got better and better. But in the middle of his first day of rehabilitation, his heart stopped. His family was devastated. So was I. What do you say to his wife, the love…

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Sweeping dirt

I recently went to Cairo, Egypt. What a captivating city, rich with history and culture. The Egyptians are a proud people with a fascinating culture. While waiting in a car adjacent to a very busy street, I noticed an older man. He was in the middle of traffic sweeping the dirt from the highway into…

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Purpose in the pain

Sometimes life is just plain hard. People we love get sick. Governments do idiotic things. The news we hear is often negative. Careers don’t always work out. Kids don’t constantly express their love for their parents. Has it ever crossed your mind, “why?” Here’s a thought. Crisis and difficulty in your life have a purpose.…

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Famous Last Words

I ran across an article on “Famous Last Words.” It wasn’t what I expected. They were all anonymous and pretty funny. Here’s a sample: Cut the red one! Dad, why the apple on my head? He’s probably just hibernating. Here, kitty, kitty, kitty… Hey, it looks sturdy enough to me. Now you know how I…

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Goose egg

First Corinthians 13 is a chapter in the New Testament that is not understood nearly as well as people think. It’s called the “Love Chapter” of the Bible. But here’s the deal, people usually read it out of context. Context is the most important tool to be used for understanding the scriptures. At least that’s…

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Time

Time is the great equalizer. At least, that’s what people say. What does that mean? To put it succinctly, it doesn’t matter how rich or successful you are…how old or young–everyone gets only 168 hours each week. Period. You can’t buy more time, but you can give your available hours away. When we do that…

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New normal

“New Normal”. How many times have you heard those two words during the pandemic? A hundred times? More? How about this one? “Nothing will be the same.”                                                  Both of the those expressions speak to movement. Let me explain. “New normal” implies a leaving of an old normal. “Nothing will be the same” implies that…

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Life’s uncertainities

I’m old enough to remember what happened on November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I was in grade school, but I remember the fear and uncertainty I felt. All my classmates felt it as well. I also remember September 11, 2001. Four coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States. This time as…

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Wake up!

Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments ” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.    Joel 2:12-13            …

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The things that REALLY matter.

William “Bud” Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988, but he was $1 million in debt within a year. He said, “I wish it never happened,” “It was totally a nightmare.” A former girlfriend sued him for a third of his winnings, and his brother was arrested for hiring a hitman to kill him hoping he’d…

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Exercise (Also please read request at the end!)

I like to exercise. Maybe you do too. I first started running and jumping in grade school. I had a never-ending reservoir of energy. Now that I’m older, the intensity of my workouts is not as great. In college, I can remember regular workouts where I worked so hard that I had zero energy left…

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Haunting Thoughts

I’ve got a quick exercise for you. Close your eyes and think through the past 24 hours. Think schedule. Think about people. Think conversations. Think about work. Think home. Think commute. Think about sleep. Think about laughter. Think of tears. Think fears. Got it? Ok. Open your eyes and quickly write down who were the…

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Opportunity

Have you ever contemplated how wonderful an opportunity is? I mean, an opportunity is a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something. When you think about it, you often hear about that person who is “in the right place at the right time.” I submit to you however that you don’t need luck…

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New

Who doesn’t like new things? I mean, it doesn’t matter if it’s expensive or economical, if it’s new, then it’s cool. But there is an interesting fact surrounding the word “new.” It can mean new to you…like a brand new pencil. It’s new to you, but there are also a million other pencils that look…

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Purpose

There was a table game years ago that I loved playing. It was called “Liar’s Club”. It was an American game show that featured a panel of celebrity guests who offered explanations of obscure or unusual objects. All were “made up” except one. Contestants attempted to determine which explanation was correct in order to win prizes.…

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