Pastor's Corner

  • 4 Oct
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    We have all watched in disbelief as photos and videos of the shooting in Las Vegas have enfolded on our TV screen.  At this date we know that 58 people have been killed and 527 others have been injured in the worst shooting...
  • 27 Sep
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    With all the symbolic gestures being thrown around by athletes representing a variety of political causes it was nice to see several groups of students in our community gathered around the flagpole outside their school this morning.  Today marked the 25th anniversary of “See...
  • 20 Sep
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    "It's déjà vu all over again," Yogi Berra exclaimed when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris both hit back-to-back home runs during the Yankees' seasons in the early 1960s.  You might want to use this Yogi-ism to describe world events happening over the...
  • 13 Sep
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    If there is one thing that the events of the past two weeks have taught us is there still remains in this country a huge compassion for our fellow citizens.  I have not heard the reports of speculated wide spread looting.  I have...
  • 6 Sep
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    Like him or hate him Donald Trump has made a huge impact on our country since he took office earlier this year.  It seems like controversy and controversial topics related to him find a way to lead the headlines each evening on major newscasts. ...
  • 30 Aug
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    We have been blessed with a baby boom at our church!  I love seeing our families bring their little one to church for the first time.  They have on their Sunday best, hair fixed just right and those cool baby carriers that were...
  • 16 Aug
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    As you are well aware the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979 is this Monday!  A 70 mile wide stretch will encompass our area in the full shadow of the moon for around 2 minutes.  The last time this...
  • 9 Aug
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    What’s in the Headlines today:  “North Korea Gets at Nuke, Hillary Clinton Pursuing a Career in Ministry, Transgender Camp for Preschoolers, ISIS in the Philippines, Gene Editing”  We have all heard it said: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all….So,...
  • 2 Aug
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    With all the chaos in Washington it seems like individuals there have cast God out of their daily lives.  That might be true for some but it is refreshing to learn that not all are lost.  Christianitytoday.com[http://christianitytoday.com/] reports that the White House holds a weekly...
  • 26 Jul
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    Does it seem to you that many of the people in our country have lost all common sense?  Things that I took for granted to be true as a kid the world now calls false.  Morals and ethics that I thought were the bedrock of...
  • 19 Jul
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    The Christian florist known as the “Christian grandma florist” Barronelle Stutzman has appealed her case to the Supreme Court.  Stutzman has fought with the courts for over four years after refusing to sale flowers to a gay couple in 2013. The case originated in...
  • 12 Jul
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    When the Church looks and behaves just like the popular culture, where do people turn for truth?  That is a hard question that the people of England have been asking for some time now and their situation just got worse.  With overwhelming support, the...
  • 28 Jun
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    Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery?  Most of us have thought about what we would spend our winnings on.  A bigger house, nice car, gifts for our family.  What about the Lord?  If you were raised in church and taught to...
  • 21 Jun
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    Vacation!  That is a term everyone likes to hear.  We just need to get away and get a little rest.  Rest, what exactly does that mean? A few days into the vacation I have learned that I have a hard time resting.  I...
  • 14 Jun
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    As you may know the Southern Baptist Convention Annual meeting is going on now in Phoenix, Arizona and we are already getting reports of the “chaos” that is happening.  Reporters have been dissecting the meeting, looking for any fracture within our convention.  The secular hopefuls...
  • 7 Jun
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    On our tenth wedding anniversary I wanted to do something special and unique for my wife.  My mom told me about a place in Gatlinburg that will take a few of the flower petals from your wedding bouquet and grind them down into jewelry...
  • 31 May
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    I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day!  As the official kickoff to summer, we often miss the true meaning behind this holiday.  Marked as a day to remember those who gave their life in defense of our country and our world, the...
  • 24 May
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    Do you remember your high school or college commencement speaker?  Our principal gave my high school graduation speech and a wealthy business man gave the one at my college.  I honestly don’t remember a word they said but I do remember the experience to...
  • 17 May
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    Have you ever seen someone doing something and thought to yourself, “What were they thinking?”  Depending on what part of the country you are in or the time of day when you visit your local Wal-Mart, I guess it could happen a lot....
  • 10 May
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    Fidget spinners are the latest toy craze.  If you are among the very few who have not seen these; a fidget spinner is a small spinning device that can be spun off ones finger, between the thumb and finger or anywhere, similar to...
  • 3 May
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    Does it seem like the Political Correctness in this country goes too far?  Have you ever been given the impression that what works for one side does not always translate to the other?  If enforcement of the law was consistent then we might be...
  • 26 Apr
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    The story of the Widow’s Mite in Luke 20:1-4 has always been one of my favorites.  It is a story about God blessing what we give, no matter how small, when it comes from our heart.  Jesus and His disciples are watching as...
  • 19 Apr
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    The Church’s “super bowl” Sunday was this past week as we celebrated Easter! Record numbers showed up in their Sunday best to honor the Risen Savior.  Most churches consider this their “super bowl” because we mark the death, burial, resurrection and future return of...
  • 12 Apr
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    There is no doubt that we live in the most successful and prosperous nation in the world.  With all of our resources have you ever wondered why some people appear to “make it” and others do not?  Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam has a new...
  • 5 Apr
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    Has Easter gone the way of Christmas?  Well, if you live in Great Britain that might be the case.  For 10 years the National Trust organization (kind of like the National Park service in the UK, but with membership fees and nongovernment leadership) has...
  • 29 Mar
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    Our baby girl turned 13 today.  Wow, a teenager!  Does not seem like that long ago that the hospital let us slip right out the front door without giving us a test or offering any advice about what we were about to get...
  • 22 Mar
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    Do you remember your sixth birthday party?  Pin the tail on the donkey, maybe a trip to McDonald’s or whatever superhero theme was your favorite.  One thing most 6 year olds are not thinking about at their birthday is others, especially the poor.  Not...
  • 15 Mar
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    It’s March Madness time! So have you filled in your bracket?  Millions of college basketball fans are searching the internet for tips, tricks and an inside scoop on how to complete the perfect bracket.  March Madness began in 1939 by the National Association of...
  • 8 Mar
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    We have heard some pretty good conspiracy theories recently.  Everything from Russians to wiretaps to our TVs spying on us has the news media running wild.  One needs not be a conspiracy junky to appreciate the creativity of some in our media when it...
  • 1 Mar
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    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.  Lent is intended to be a 40 day period of fasting, prayer and reflection leading up to Easter Sunday.  The tradition is historically observed by Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and other liturgical Protestants.  On Ash Wednesday ashes are placed...
  • 22 Feb
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    The desire to be liked and approved of is a mark of our humanity.  Early in our social development we seek ways of winning the approval of our parents and then our peers.  Popularity is something to be won.  For boys, the path begins...
  • 15 Feb
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    Valentine’s Day was yesterday.  So how did you do?  According to the hit song, You Can’t Buy Me Love, love cannot be bought, but after yesterday that might not be true.  It has been reported that spending for this holiday reached into the billions...
  • 8 Feb
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    How much is your life worth?  Well that depends.  If you were to ask someone who loves you the answer would likely be “priceless!”  If you were to ask a chemist the answer is about a dollar. http://chemistry.about.com/b/2011/02/06/how-much-are-the-elements-in-your-body-worth.htm[http://chemistry.about.com/b/2011/02/06/how-much-are-the-elements-in-your-body-worth.htm]  If you were to ask the court...
  • 1 Feb
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    How do you know if you are having an impact on your culture? I’m sure there are many ways to list but one of the ways that jumps out at me is when I see religious articles on news sites like The Huffington...
  • 25 Jan
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    I’m not sure how to respond to the news about the Army allowing servicemen and women at the brigade level to be granted religious accommodations to wear turbans, beards, and hijabs in accordance with their faith. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-us-army-regulations-will-allow-turbans-hijabs-and-beards_us_586e8f3ae4b099cdb0fc038b?section=us_religion[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-us-army-regulations-will-allow-turbans-hijabs-and-beards_us_586e8f3ae4b099cdb0fc038b?section=us_religion]  I have never served in the military so...
  • 18 Jan
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    The attack on gender continues in our country.  Last night we learned President Obama commuted the sentence of transgender former intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who now goes by the name Chelsea.  While serving in the military Manning stole intelligence documents and gave them to WikiLeaks.  Manning...
  • 11 Jan
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    In the name of tolerance, some churches continue to pick and chooses which Scripture passages they will teach, practice or ignore.  This has become most obvious in the area of politics; specifically the presidential election.  The most recent example comes from an Episcopal church...
  • 4 Jan
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    Toward the end of the year, news media outlets and headline writers review the major trends and topics of the past year and present the public with one word that captures the heart of what transpired over the previous months and weeks.  The Oxford...
  • 28 Dec
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    2016 has produced some memorable headlines.  Christianheadlines.com[http://christianheadlines.com/] has produced a list of what they consider the top 10 that Christians should know about.  http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/the-top-10-stories-of-2016-christians-should.html[http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/the-top-10-stories-of-2016-christians-should.html]  Only one of the articles seemed positive and I was not surprised to find about half referring to ISIS and our failed...
  • 21 Dec
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    The Christmas season is full of symbolism that is intended to direct our attention to the Luke 2 story in the Bible.  Shepherds, gifts, stars and angels are all there.  With any symbol related story, if people do not explain the significance and meaning...
  • 14 Dec
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    This past Sunday we had our annual report from the Gideons International.  It was great to hear how this Bible distribution organization is being welcomed in countries like China and India.  Many people did not think it was possible in our lifetime to see...
  • 7 Dec
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    Every day the Lord finds a way to remind me of how blessed I am to be an American citizen.  Today I read a story about a board game being sold in England and being funded by a Kickstarter campaign.  The game is...
  • 30 Nov
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    Now that Thanksgiving is behind us it is time to climb into the attic and pull down the Christmas decorations.  When the lights, tree and wreath are in place we then move on to the greatest of traditions: the family Christmas card.  Many of...
  • 23 Nov
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    It is hard to believe but Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  Families will come together for the traditional meal and celebrate the blessings of life.  Football on the couch, leftover turkey sandwiches and the afternoon nap are all part of the tradition of Thanksgiving.  Traditions mean...
  • 16 Nov
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    Political pundits continue to debate the outcome of last week’s presidential election.  Why did Trump win and why did Hillary lose?  The results came out of nowhere for most as both sides appeared to be genuinely surprised by the outcome.  Those who supported Clinton...
  • 9 Nov
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    Some of you had a late night last night.  In the early morning hours it was announced that Donald J. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.  To most, his victory comes as a shocker. The press was totally caught...
  • 2 Nov
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    It is hard to believe that we are now entering the Christmas season.  If you want proof just head out to your local Walmart or corner drug store and you will be greeted at the door with the latest electronic and techy Christmas decorations. ...
  • 26 Oct
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    Do you think you could pass a basic Christian Theology test?  Most people are pretty confident in what they believe but the findings of a new study show us that although we might be confident in what we believe, we have no idea where...
  • 19 Oct
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     You know things have gotten pretty bad when one in four young Americans would rather have a giant meteor destroy the Earth than see Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the White House.  26 percent of millennials would prefer a random lottery over the...
  • 13 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge Sports fans have been following the reinvention of Tim Tebow into Major League Baseball.  Fan of Tebow or not, you have to admit the young man is an inspiring individual.  Personally, I’m a fan.  I’m a fan because of the positivity this Christian...
  • 5 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge Teaching the religion of Islam in public schools has always been a controversial subject. Since the September 11 attacks there has been a push in some educational circles to increase the teaching of Islam and in recent years we have experienced a fight...
  • 28 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge  Have you ever wondered how we communicated with each other before the days of social media? How did we express our opinions and how did people know if their ideas were liked or not?  Thanks to social media we live in a...
  • 21 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge  Each day it becomes harder to express our Christian faith. Even with the promise of the Constitutional right of free speech in this country those who oppose Christianity know the law and if they cannot suppress the voice of Christian individuals they seek...
  • 14 Sep
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      f you have school aged children you probably have heard about “Donuts with Dads” or “Muffins with Moms.”  These events are held to allow dads and moms to interact with their son or daughter in the school setting with other dads or moms.  It...
  • 7 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge   Once again the Apple Corporation has shocked the public by this time announcing its new iPhone will not have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.  Apple, known for bucking the norm in favor of setting new trends of its own, hopes to gain...
  • 31 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge Several people have asked about my thoughts on the actions of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  As a form of protest, Kaepernick has decided not to stand with his team during the playing of the National Anthem.  He says that there are too...
  • 24 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge I love these new reports that come out telling parents how wrong their parent’s methods were in how they were raised as kids.  It makes for a great excuse to use to explain why they messed up their adult life.  So the...
  • 17 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge In you like to read the headlines you might have come across the New York Times article “Is God Transgender?”  It was written by a Jewish Rabbi named Mark Sameth.  In it he argues that the Bible presents God as transgender, even going...
  • 10 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge In Hebrews 11 the Bible gives us what has become known as the “Hall of Fame of Faith.”  The writer mentions Biblical heroes by name and highlights their life accomplishments by reminding us of their specific acts of faith. From Able to the...
  • 3 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge  Well it is back to school time and you know what that means!  Yes, new backpacks and pencil holders, but this year we have an old enemy up to new forms of attack.  You might have heard that in addition to after...
  • 27 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge The headline “Scientist Think They’ve Found the Origin of All Earthly Life” jumped out at me today.  I love these news sites that sensationalize a huge hypothesis based on meaningless science theory.  The first paragraph usually keys us into the agenda.  This particular...
  • 20 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge  The evening news announced last night that Pokémon GO has become the most popular and most profitable mobile game in American history. The app instructs players to use their mobile devices to catch Pokémon characters in the real world. It has sent multitudes...
  • 6 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge A brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission argues that any church that opens its doors to the public would be required to comply with sexual orientation and gender identity laws because in their view a church is a place of public...
  • 29 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge Our church is wrapping up VBS 2016 tonight and it has been a great week for us.  We have laughed, played, created and learned.  Our motto this year is Jesus sees. Jesus knows. Jesus saves.  Our lessons have taken us through the...
  • 22 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge  Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently addressed reporters concerning the ongoing investigation into the Orlando nightclub shooting that occurred a week ago where 49 people were killed.  Disappointingly, in her remarks Mrs. Lynch revealed the long suspected agenda that the Obama administration has towards the...
  • 15 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge The shooting at a nightclub in Orlando this past Sunday is heartbreaking.  Forty-nine people murdered in what is supposed to be one of most exciting and happiest places on Earth.  Sadly, true to form, the politicians have swooped in to take advantage of...
  • 8 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge What makes you mad?  Everyone gets angry, right?  Do you consider yourself an angry person?  Do you know someone who seems to be angry all the time? I think I know why we know so many angry people! Nashville is the 11th...
  • 1 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge  By now you have seen the video and heard the story of Harambe the 450-pound western lowland gorilla who lived at the Cincinnati Zoo.  On Saturday a four year old boy found his way into the enclosure and Harambe found him.  The video...
  • 25 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge  The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is back at it again.  This time around they are asking the American Hotel & Lodging Association to no longer allow The Gideons Society to distribute Bibles in their hotels and motels and instead place Charles Darwin's...
  • 18 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge  What would you be willing to do to live a little longer?  Cut back on the sweets?  Exercise more?  Change your lifestyle?  How about add church attendance to your weekly schedule?  If you are not accustomed to regular church attendance it might sound...
  • 11 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge  Divided, that is the word that most folks are using to describe the Republican Party right now.  After Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, that description could also be used for many Christians.  According to a new Reuters poll 20 percent of...
  • 4 May
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    *Mid-Week Challenge* Earlier this week, you might have heard about the shutdown of the Large Hadron Collider.  This is a huge underground tube system beneath the France-Switzerland boarder that was built to smash particles at close to the speed of light.  It is basically an...
  • 27 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge The weather sure is nice in our part of the country.  Spring is finally here and that means the old temptations come back around on Sunday morning.  We have all been there.  On these nice spring and summer days it is real easy...
  • 20 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge Thanks to the media coverage of the “Bathroom Bills” discussed in several states, transgendered stories have led in many news headlines.  So it came as no surprise to read about the “first” transgendered pastor ordained by a Baptist church.  http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/baptist-church-ordains-first-openly-transgender-preacher.html[http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/baptist-church-ordains-first-openly-transgender-preacher.html] Thanks to the media coverage...
  • 13 Apr
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    *Mid-Week Challenge* I had to laugh when I opened the picture from an internet posting http://i.imgur.com/aPUXFMbh.jpg[http://i.imgur.com/aPUXFMbh.jpg]  that showed the math homework of a student who got every problem correct but lost a point on the final grade because the staple used was not placed at a...
  • 6 Apr
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    *Mid-Week Challenge* Have you seen any good movies lately?  Apparently many of us have!  In spite of Hollywood’s efforts to repackage super hero stories for a quick buck and in the process disappoint and turn off comic book nerds like myself, there have been some...
  • 30 Mar
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    *Mid-Week Challenge*  Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia proved the power of the people Monday as he vetoed a bill passed to protect people and business acting on their religious conviction from being forced to provide services for homosexuals and transgendered individuals and couples.  Unfortunately the...
  • 23 Mar
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    *Mid-Week Challenge * In the newsletter last week I wrote about the efforts of transgendered activist groups to pressure the NCAA to break ties with colleges that take efforts to protect student athletes by not allowing transgendered and homosexual individuals to have access to the locker...
  • 16 Mar
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    *Mid-Week Challenge*  In their latest attempt to force the homosexual and transgendered agenda, gay rights groups have sent notice to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (the largest college athletic sanctioning board) urging them to break ties with all colleges that have sought an exception to...
  • 9 Mar
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    *Mid-Week Challenge* It seems like here lately most of the coverage given to NFL athletes has been negative.  Peyton Manning wins his second Super Bowl and all the media wants to talk about is a locker room incident that happened when he was 19...
  • 2 Mar
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    This election season has been one of many surprises.  At minimum, from the start, it has been anything but ordinary.  Here we are in March and honestly, the debates have taught us nothing about the policies of the candidates.  They have, however, been very...
  • 24 Feb
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    *Mid-Week Challenge*  Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app that you could add to your internet browser that would convert anything you find offensive to something more to your liking?  Wait no more, at least if you are “pro-choice!”  A pro-choice computer programmer...
  • 17 Feb
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    *Mid-Week Challenge* When I was in high school and college there was a sci-fi show I really enjoyed called Highlander.  The series was about a group of immortal swordsmen who battled one another until there was only one.  The show used a lot of...
  • 10 Feb
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    *Mid-Week Challenge* Many of us are in mourning right now.  Not because today is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of lent.  Not because a cold snap as dropped some snow on us and the kids have been out of school for two days.  No,...
  • 3 Feb
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    *Mid-Week Challenge*  I am sure you have made preparations for the Big Game this weekend.  A freezer full of pizza, chicken wings and sweets ready to pop in the oven as you and your crew sit back Sunday for football’s biggest evening.  My family...
  • 27 Jan
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    *Mid-Week Challenge*  Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to take all the positive things from the various religions from around the world and combine them into a new “super religion?”  Sure you have.  There have been times in your life where...