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Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

Posted on November 3

FOLLOW THE LEADER The TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon is a Boston qualifier course. The 26.2 mile-run starts and ends in downtown Moline, Illinois. It carries the runners through some of the most picturesque scenes of our nation’s heartland. In the September 2021 race, a very unusual thing happened. Tyler Pence is a sports coach at the University of Illinois. During the race, he was far behind two Kenyan runners. Because the Kenyans were so... more »

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Looking Thru God’s Glasses: Chance or Change – Part 17

Looking Thru God’s Glasses: Chance or Change – Part 17

Posted on October 27

LOOKING THRU GOD’S GLASSES: CHANCE OR CHANGE – PART 17 Most of us ask the question about how meaningful our lives really are. For some people, life is just a merry-go-round of meaningless activity. Life just isn’t measuring up to what it should be. We hide it in many different ways through alcohol, drugs, extra busywork, overeating, etc. What do you do about it? If you look at it through human glasses, you might see... more »

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Make-Believe or Reality?

Make-Believe or Reality?

Posted on October 20

MAKE-BELIEVE OR REALITY? When I was in the seventh grade, I received a board game for baseball. I made up a complete league of 8 teams of 15 players each. As I played the board game, I kept up with the batting average and win/loss record for every player. It was a fascinating experience, but it wasn’t the real world. When I look around today, I see a lot of people still playing make-believe games.... more »

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From the Sidelines to the Frontlines

From the Sidelines to the Frontlines

Posted on October 13

FROM THE SIDELINES TO THE FRONTLINES As Jesus started His public ministry, He began recruiting people who would be on His team. The people He selected were not influential community leaders or wealthy movers and shakers. A human resources person in our day would shudder in disbelief at the people He called. His priority was not picking five-star recruits, but making every recruit a five-star! (Tweet this!) Four of the first people He selected were... more »

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Don Larsen

The Perfect Game

Posted on October 6

THE PERFECT GAME It was a beautiful autumn afternoon in New York that October 8, 1956. The Yankees were playing the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. The games were tied at two apiece. People were wondering who would pitch the fifth game for the Yankees. In the second game of the series, Don Larsen, who had had an unremarkable career, had been selected by Casey Stengel to pitch. He lasted two innings at Ebbets... more »

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Two Sides of the Same Sign

Two Sides of the Same Sign

Posted on September 29

TWO SIDES OF THE SAME SIGN At the bottom tip of England, there is a place called Land’s End. It is west of the English Channel and east of the Celtic Sea. There, you’ll see a sign which has two words on each side. On one side, it says, “The Beginning.” On the other side, it says, “The End.” It depends on whether you are arriving in England as to whether it’s the beginning or... more »

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Looking at Life Thru God's Glasses: Rules or Relationships – Part 16

Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Rules or Relationships – Part 16

Posted on September 22

LOOKING AT LIFE THRU GOD’S GLASSES: RULES OR RELATIONSHIPS – PART 16 When you look at religion, what do you see? Looking through human glasses, we see rules. Looking through God’s glasses, we see relationships. It’s always been easy to confuse religion with rules. If you keep a certain set of rules, then you’re a religious person. And the rules seem to change in different settings. Sometimes I hear someone talking about another person’s faith... more »

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Looking at Life Thru God's Glasses: Success or Significance – Part 15

Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Success or Significance – Part 15

Posted on September 15

LOOKING AT LIFE THRU GOD’S GLASSES: SUCCESS OR SIGNIFICANCE – Part 15 What you see depends on the glasses through which you are looking. Looking through human glasses, we tend to see success. Looking through God’s glasses, we are able to see significance. Achieving success is usually connected to personal ambition that benefits the individual. Success can be dangerous. It can give us a false image of how important we really are. It can create... more »

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Looking at Life Thru God's Glasses: Fake or Real – Part 14

Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Fake or Real – Part 14

Posted on September 8

LOOKING AT LIFE THRU GOD’S GLASSES: FAKE OR REAL – PART 14 I flipped through the sports channels Sunday night, August 19, 2021, and saw that ESPN was televising a high school football game. IMG Academy was playing Bishop Sycamore from Canton, Ohio, a school I had never heard of. The game was in the second quarter, and Bishop Sycamore was behind 30-0. One of the commentators said that the game was a mismatch. I... more »

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Looking at Life Thru God's Glasses: Two Different Olympic Ceremonies – Part 13

Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Two Different Olympic Ceremonies – Part 13

Posted on September 1

LOOKING AT LIFE THRU GOD’S GLASSES: TWO DIFFERENT OLYMPIC CEREMONIES – PART 13 The Olympics are famous for a lot of pageantry. Millions of people watch the opening ceremony as athletes of each nation walk together behind their nation’s flag. The closing ceremony is different. The athletes don’t walk behind their own flag but enter at random with people from other nations. The idea was to represent that the Olympic Games end with bringing people... more »

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