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150,000

150,000. This number may not mean much to some, but it has significant meaning to me. See, this number reminds me of a sweet old couple I grew up with. As a kid, the wife was the sweet lady who always had a piece of candy tucked away for me in her purse. The husband…

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A Crying Mess

Bursting into tears. Weeping. Sobbing. Tears of joy. Crying fit. Crying our eyes out. However we say it, we all do it; some just do it more than others. According to statistics, “Women cry five times as much as men. Women cry 64 times a year as compared to 17 times a year for men”…

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The Church’s Future

Over and over again we hear disheartening statistics about our youth. We are told they are falling like flies. We hear about questionable parenting, ineffective youth programs, and the pressures of society as the causes of the teens’ unbelief after high school. It seems like we are often fed a bunch of negativity and pessimism.…

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Choose A Chair

The world famous tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, related a story about his upbringing and success. “When I was a boy, my father, a baker, introduced me to the wonders of song. He urged me to work very hard to develop my voice. Arrigo Pola, a professional tenor in my hometown of Modena, Italy, took me as…

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The Climb

Two men were eager to climb the Matterhorn, an especially steep and treacherous mountain. They hired three guides and started the climb. When they reached the steepest and most dangerous part, the men roped themselves together in this order: guide, traveler, guide, traveler, guide. On their way up, the guide at the back lost his…

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Diaper Thieves

I get it. Being the father of two young children who have filled diapers with the best of them, I understand the unending, insatiable need for diapers. The thought of stealing diapers, however, is about as petty as it gets. Nevertheless, over the weekend the Diaper Bank of North Carolina had 13,000 diapers stolen. Apparently…