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Fences, Walls, Doors, and Gates

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In his poem, “Mending Wall,” published in 1914 Robert Frost stated the proverb, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Frost recognized that “where there are cows,” fences make good sense. However, he questioned the necessity of fences where they are not needed. He ...

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The Pursuit of Greatness

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Collegefootballnews.com recently ranked the University of Oklahoma as the “Greatest Football Program of All-Time.” (Boomer. . .) Last summer, Michael Phelps was proclaimed the “Greatest Olympian of All-Time.” Muhammad Ali simply declared, “I am the greatest!” ...

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Resolutions and Repentance

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Have you made your New Year’s Resolution(s) yet? If so, have you developed a plan to carry them out? Changing the habits and patterns of life doesn’t just happen. These changes take place over a period of time as we intentionally practice new things, forging new habits to take the ...

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Prepare the Way

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  On a Black Friday long, long ago, my wife and I set out to find the perfect Christmas gift for our two and a half year old daughter.  We scanned the Thanksgiving Day paper to see what bargains would allow us to maximize our limited resources. Uninspired by the first stack of ...

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Trick or Treat?!

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The candy bowl is filled, the porch light is on, and the doorbell is waiting. I am ready for Halloween. On Monday evening as sunset turns to darkness, costumed children will begin their quest for “tricks or treats.” Of course, every child hopes for a bag full of treats on their ...

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The Greatests!

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The Olympics have provided high drama and intense competition over the last two weeks. We have witnessed world records and photo-finishes. We have watched heart-warming stories about athletes. We have seen athletes push their bodies and minds to (and even past) the breaking point, sharing their ...

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How long, O Lord!?

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“How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and you will not hear? I cry out to You, ‘Violence!’ Yet You do not save.” And so began the oracle of the prophet Habakkuk. He continued his lament to the Lord, “Why do You make me see iniquity, and cause me to look on ...

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Life, Liberty, Happiness

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The Fourth of July is almost here! This mid-summer holiday offers an opportunity for families and friends to gather and celebrate the freedoms of our nation. Food, fireworks and patriotic music draw us together for a day and night of fun. The Fourth of July is also an opportunity to remember. We ...

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Emancipation Day

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April 15 is tax day in America, except in 2016 when taxes were due on April 18. The reason for this three day grace period was Emancipation Day, a holiday celebrated only in Washington D.C. Emancipation Day, which is annually celebrated on April 16, was observed on April 15th in our nation’s ...

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The Most Interesting Man

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In the event that you missed the headlines of recent weeks, you will be surprised to learn that “The Most Interesting Man in the World” has been retired. In fact, he has been exiled to Mars. You know of who I speak, the man who is so suave and so distinguished that “when in Rome, ...

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