Of Garland and Pendants

Of Garland and Pendants

A new year, 2020. A time for new beginnings, reflection and planning for the year ahead. Proverbs 29:18 states: “Where there is no vision, the people perish...” Vision is a companion to hope. We hope for better outcomes in our life and in the lives of our family and...

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Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

     Practicing gratitude generally begins at an early age in western civilization.  Teaching and training our children to express “thanks” to others, begins in the days when they are beginning to say words that we can understand. The training begins and carries on...

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The Ultimate Extreme Sport

The Ultimate Extreme Sport

 A journey to the Midwest recently entailed the adventure of experiencing a “Testify Training Camp.”  A new experience for my daughter and I which is one reason why it qualifies as an adventure! Something that fits the category of unusual, unique and perhaps unknown...

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A Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived

My father-in-law, Harve Soderholm, finished his work here on earth on June 11, 2019.  He was 89. He was a husband, a father and a disciple-maker. A man who loved God and walked with Him. For me, he was a mentor and a friend who walked with me along the narrow way. So...

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My House

My House

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house,...

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Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Many years ago, the company I worked for acquired a European company based in England with operations in continental Europe. During that first year, I learned there was a joke circulated by the employees of this newly acquired company that made jest of the phrase,...

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The Hunt for Significance

The Hunt for Significance

Some trust in their career and some in their good health, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.* Psalm 20:7 Recently I had the privilege to attend a luncheon with business men where a man, Jay Whitmer, shared about his personal hunt for significance. His...

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Vision and the Word of God

Vision and the Word of God

Vision and the Word of God. They are indelibly linked. Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Sustaining a vision where people will flourish requires a love for God’s Word. One of God’s greatest...

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What’s in your wallet?

What’s in your wallet?

A large banking company here in the U.S. runs a commercial advertisement to market their credit card to consumers. The advertisement has been running for several years now, so the marketing plan has clearly been successful in generating new business. The tag line that...

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Hornets – 1, Dad – 0

Hornets – 1, Dad – 0

It has been an unusually busy spring and summer this year. Several conventions along with several trips to visit family and friends kept me occupied through six weekends straight during one stretch of the calendar. All good, of course! In the midst of all that...

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Tell Me About Your Father’s Faith

Tell Me About Your Father’s Faith

It was a beautiful day in the fall of 2013. Thursday, October 31st to be exact. I had just finished up attending a nearly week long global management conference at Amelia Island plantations in Florida. It had been an impressive week with many powerful messages by...

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Pray without Ceasing

Pray without Ceasing

Mission impossible comes to mind when I read the words of I Thessalonians 5:17, “pray without ceasing.” Reading that verse for the first time in my early days as a follower of Jesus, struck me as a mountain too big to climb. How does one do that? The question stayed with me. While the task appeared impossible to attain, yet I knew that God’s word was true. Jesus said, “What is impossible with men, is possible with God.” There must be a way.

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