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Heroes do what needs to be done in times of great need.

Are You the Next Hero?

Posted on May 5

ARE YOU THE NEXT HERO? Heroes are people who are disciplined in learning, accept tough challenges, always stay calm, and think quickly about how to solve a problem. A crisis doesn’t create heroes – it reveals them! In 1970, Glynn Lunney had just checked into his regular shift at NASA’s Mission Control in Houston overseeing Apollo 13. Just after 9 PM, a message came, “Houston, we have a problem here.” There had been an explosion... more »

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The identity of a Minor League Baseball team can be very interesting.

What’s Your Identity?

Posted on April 28

WHAT’S YOUR IDENTITY? Sports teams are identified by their names. I remember being present when the Montgomery Minor League Baseball team name was announced. The name chosen was “Montgomery Biscuits.” There was disbelief when the crowd heard it, but it’s turned out to be a great name. I understand that the Montgomery Biscuits are number one in merchandise sales in Minor League Baseball! Sherrie Myers, who owned the Biscuits, had one team in Michigan named... more »

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It's more important to lose these five types of weight.

Let’s Lose Weight

Posted on April 21

LET’S LOSE WEIGHT The number one resolution at the beginning of each year is to lose weight. Very few people are successful at it. One of the downsides of the pandemic has been the fact that people have been indoors, haven’t exercised, and have eaten a good bit more. America is heavier following the pandemic. The weight we need to lose is measured in pounds, but some weights are more important than physical pounds. You... more »

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Little things can be powerful.

The Power of Little Things

Posted on April 14

THE POWER OF LITTLE THINGS Last week, I wrote about the danger of little things and how they can become destructive. Today, I want to look at the other side of that coin and show the constructive power of little things. Little things can pack great power. It depends on whether we see them as problems or possibilities. One day, the disciples came to Jesus and told Him they had a huge problem. The people... more »

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Little things aren't always little!

Little Things Aren’t Always Little!

Posted on April 7

LITTLE THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS LITTLE! COVID-19, the coronavirus, almost shut down the world in 2020. It affected health, education, travel, eating habits, the economy, relationships – the list goes on and on. Recently, a British mathematician, Kit Yates, was commissioned to study the coronavirus. Kit calculated that the 2 quintillions of very tiny coronavirus particles in the world would fit inside a single Coke can!! Get that – one Coke can of the virus particles... more »

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The grave was a temporary residence for Jesus Christ.

A Grave Mistake

Posted on March 31

A GRAVE MISTAKE It was a grave mistake. Jesus had upset religious and non-religious people. They were determined to put an end to his movement. After an unjust trial, they crucified him on a hill called Golgotha, then thought it was over when they put His body in a borrowed grave. But that’s a grave mistake! Jesus didn’t come into the world to wind up in a grave. He didn’t die on the cross saying,... more »

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Jesus is the name that is above every name.

One Name to Know

Posted on March 24

ONE NAME TO KNOW Etched in the black granite wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are the names of 58,156 Americans who died in that war. A visit to the memorial can be very emotional for veterans, family members, and tourists. Many people are looking for a specific name, perhaps a parent, a spouse, a child, a friend, or a cousin. Many people use their fingers to trace the names of family members or special... more »

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Apparently, something in a blockchain can be very valuable.

What is Valuable?

Posted on March 17

WHAT IS VALUABLE? How do you determine the value of anything? The world in which we live is rapidly changing concerning values. Each of us must determine what is valuable!  A new value craze is NFT’s. NFT refers to non-fungible tokens. They are unique, verifiable digital assets that can represent such things as a video, an image, a tweet, or an NBA dunk. A non-fungible asset is unique in that it isn’t readily interchangeable. A... more »

Posted in Economics Inspirational

Name changes can signify a lot, such as when a plane can be renamed Air Force One due to the president's presence.

Name Changes

Posted on March 10

NAME CHANGES  Alexander the Great was one of the great military generals who led a mighty army in the fourth century B.C. One night, he was unable to sleep. He started walking around the encampment and saw a young soldier on guard duty who was asleep. The penalty for sleeping on guard duty could be death. Alexander woke up the young soldier, and, when asked if he knew about the penalty for sleeping on duty,... more »

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A name tag with "Ronald Reagan" written on it.

What’s in a Name?

Posted on March 3

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Names are important. Everybody has one. You don’t choose your name, but you choose what your name will mean! There was a teenage boy who rode his bicycle to deliver groceries to the homes of people. One couple moved into the small community and availed themselves of that opportunity. When the boy delivered the groceries, the man of the house thanked the young man and asked, “What’s your name?” The boy... more »

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