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An Old and a New Vaccine

Posted on March 25

AN OLD AND A NEW VACCINE Worry and anxiety are two of the biggest emotions we face at this point in history. For the past eight years, prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Google search rates for anxiety have more than doubled every year. The YouVersion Bible app has over 415 million users. The most popular Bible verse searched is Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything…”   Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew 6:25-34. While we are working... more »

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COVID-19

Posted on March 18

COVID-19 The world has changed drastically in the last two weeks. The coronavirus, COVID-19, has affected everything. The economy, tourism, business, church services, stock market, sporting events – the list goes on and on. March Madness is now March Sadness! My 401K is now a 201K and approaching a 101K! How do we live in such a day as this? While the world has changed, many things haven’t changed. Here are four things that haven’t changed that can help us address... more »

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A vegetable garden in a greenhouse.

Two Gardens

Posted on March 11

TWO GARDENS It’s that time of year when people start to plant gardens. Gardens don’t just happen. I once tried to plant a garden, but it was not a successful endeavor. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I did learn some lessons that I can share. Our minds are like a garden. Solomon wrote, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) It’s disastrous if the garden in our minds is not successful. We have to... more »

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A honeybee perches on a yellow flower.

Be A Bee

Posted on March 4

BE A BEE What is the most important living being on the planet? I was surprised to discover that the Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last debate of the Royal Geographical Society of London that the most important living beings on the planet are bees. Here are three reasons why the bees have been selected, and they have a great lesson to teach human beings. We need to be like a bee! Studies reveal that bees are the... more »

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Why Wins Over When

Posted on February 26

WHY WINS OVER WHEN Google recently unveiled its new “quantum machine” which scientists have been working on since the 1980s. It’s amazing! Cade Metz reports in the New York Times that it needs less than 3 ½ minutes to perform calculations that would take a traditional computer 10,000 years! Wow! This new machine uses the properties of particle-level physics to boost it to exponentially exceed the speed of conventional computers. I don’t have room here to explain to you... more »

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Landschaft mit der Anbetung des goldenen Kalbes by Claude Lorrain

What Kind of Music Are You Making?

Posted on February 19

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC ARE YOU MAKING? At a critical point in the history of Israel, the children of Israel came to the base of Mount Sinai. God told Moses to take Joshua and go up to the top of the mountain. They left Aaron and Hur in charge of the people. Moses and Joshua were obedient. After six days and nights, God led them to the top of the mountain. Moses remained there for... more »

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Araneta Coliseum in Manila.

What I’m Learning From Kobe Bryant, Part 2

Posted on February 12

WHAT I’M LEARNING FROM KOBE BRYANT, PART 2 Part 1 Basketball has been a big part of my life. It provided me a scholarship through college and the opportunity to play with a basketball team that played sixty-six games in the countries of Japan, Philippines, Korea, and Taiwan. Ten of those games were against the Olympic teams of those countries. We played basketball to draw huge crowds (three games sold out at 25,000 in the Araneta Coliseum in... more »

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John Ed and Ken Ulmer

What I’m Learning From Kobe Bryant, Part 1

Posted on February 5

WHAT I’M LEARNING FROM KOBE BRYANT, PART 1 Part 2 I loved watching Kobe Bryant play basketball on TV. I remember seeing the first game he played in the NBA when he was only 18 years old. I remember his last game when he put up 60 points on the Spurs. Magic Johnson said, “He is the greatest Laker who ever played.” He died tragically in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26th, along with eight other people. I’ve... more »

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How Successful Are You?

Posted on January 29

HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE YOU? Everybody wants to be successful, but sometimes success can be the worst thing that happens to a person. People can deal with adversity much easier than they can with success. Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” I remember hearing my Dad say, “It’s difficult to hold a full cup steady, especially if that cup was filled rapidly.” We’re living... more »

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Joe Burrow, LSU quarterback, at a game.

Counting Stars

Posted on January 22

COUNTING STARS Joe Burrow, quarterback for the LSU Tigers, rewrote the record books this year in college football. He threw 60 touchdown passes, led LSU to victory over 6 teams that were rated in the top 10, and will be the number one player drafted by the pros. He accounted for 6 touchdowns in the National Championship game against the reigning champion, the Clemson Tigers. Amazing season! He was once rated a 2-star player. Burrow went to Ohio State,... more »

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