ared with me an important mantra that he got from his mom when he was little: “Whenever you talk to people, always remember that they are not better than you and you are not better than them.” 

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There is always talk of New Year resolutions at this time of year. If you can make them and keep them, you are well ahead of the norm.

Last year I listened to a sermon in which the pastor had cut up a bunch of words and put them in a hat. We were to grab one or two words, not trading them if they didn’t match what we wanted or the word seemed strange or negative, but letting them be our word/s for the year.

This month was marked by a significant event with the passing of George H.W. Bush. The televised memorial services were both comforting for the nation and a reminder of our call to decency, civility and kindness.

On Christmas Day, 1863, when our country was in the midst of the Civil War, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the words of the carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”



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Our call comes from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews where he reminded them that the rituals and sacrifices for sins at the temple cannot take away our sins.

It is so sad that everywhere I travel and speak in churches, I hear horror stories of how families across this nation are torn apart by someone not willing to forgive. These are supposed to be Christian families but within the family someone in leadership is not willing to forgive, thus sepa…

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When October came, late buds on our rose bush faced an uphill battle to bloom before the weather turned. Some were barely formed, others beginning to show color. Two or three began to open.

“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” — Psalm 136:26

When you hear or think of someone being “by themselves,” it usually brings sadness to your heart. No one wants to go it alone. No one wants to do life by themselves. But some times it is needful and the only way something can be done. 

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