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Moving On

Moving On, but Falling Back

Have you ever heard of the doorway effect before? More than likely it’s happened to you numerous times before in your life. It may have even happened to you this morning as you prepared for worship! The doorway effect is the psychological principle that explains why we often forget things after we walk into a new room. Science seems to prove that when we change our physical environments, as we simply transition from one room to the next, our thought…
When I Find Time

When I Find Time

Do you ever have difficulty finding time for certain things? Are you familiar with that end-of-the-day feeling where you realize once again you failed to achieve something you’ve been wanting to accomplish? Maybe it’s extra time with your family around the dinner table, a few moments of solitude for yourself, or finding time to balance finances or catch up on your to-do list. How about in your spiritual life? Do you ever find yourself desperately wanting to have a better…
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Afraid of the Truth

    Have you ever been afraid to ask a question? Maybe you can recall a time back in grade school where you were too afraid to ask a question in class because you feared the embarrassment of not knowing. Or perhaps it was a time when you were working on some type of project or problem and needed to ask for help but feared the rejection of your peers or mentor. On the converse, have you ever been afraid…
Swept Away

Swept Away

  What’s the difference between being “swept up” in something and being “swept away” by something? It’s a minute change of words, but a clear difference in meaning. Google will tell you that being swept up means: to be carried by the momentum of something bigger than yourself. Some experience this feeling in different modes of entertainment.  Perhaps an emotional performance, an inspiring movie, or even a moving piece of music swept you up in a moment of intense meaning. We…
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Kindness of Linus

  Charlie Brown has a special place in most of our hearts for one reason or another. Multiple generations have grown up watching and reading the adventures he and his gang of friends get themselves into. For those not even a fan of the 50’s era cartoon story and characters, the incredible music of Vince Guaraldi draws them in year after year.  For many of us the nostalgic animation brings us back into the world of Charlie Brown around this…
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The Kid’s Table

  As I was growing up my parents would always let me stay with my Nana on the last Wednesday night of November.  She would pick me up for mid-week Bible class earlier that day and then afterwards, I would get to stay the night with her in anticipation of thanksgiving the next day. She would let me “help” her make the dressing and finish up some of the other dishes in preparation for the big family meal. One of…
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What do I do with this?

We have all received gifts before that made us ask the question, “what do I do with this?” Whether it was an odd trinket, a hand-me down family item, or something you just didn’t need or want – these items can be difficult to figure out. For me, it was right before I moved off to college in the Summer of 2011. I was visiting some family I didn’t see too often and was gifted an item I was unsure…

Time to Persevere

  When she was young, Florence Chadwick wanted desperately to be a great speed swimmer. At the age of six she persuaded her parents to enter her in a 50-yard race. She came in last, so she practiced every day for the new year. Again, she entered and lost. When she was an 11-year-old, Florence won attention and praise for completing the San Diego Bay endurance swim — 6 miles in all. But she still wanted to be a speed…

Focused on the Finish

The name of an elite runner from Tanzania was written in sports history books at the 1968 Olympics—without him winning one medal. John Stephen Akhwari joined the field of seventy-eight competitors in Mexico City for a twenty-six-mile marathon. Around the halfway mark, Akhwari suffered severe injuries when he became entangled with other runners, stumbled, and hit the track with full-body force.  A medic team rushed to his aid, bandaging his bloody wounds and dislocated knee, and recommended the obvious withdrawal…

Olympic Faith

  Kerri Strug became an overnight sensation and beloved figure to all Americans based on her inspiring performance at the 1996 Olympics.  At only 18 years old, Keri helped her team win gold in the most dramatic fashion. The US ladies’ team had gotten off to such a strong start in the Games that the press dubbed them “The Magnificent Seven,” but as the competition heated up, it soon became clear that the Russians were a force to be reckoned…
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Overexposure

In the medical world, the term “overexposure” means, “excessive exposure, especially to something harmful.” While construction workers or athletes can experience overexposure due to their prolonged period in the Sun or extreme exercise (hyperthermia), people living in colder climates can experience overexposure symptoms (hypothermia) when they are stranded or without adequate layers. One famous example of the later situation can be seen in the true story titled “the man who refused to freeze.” This account of extreme survival happened to…

Symptomatic

    The law of “Cause & Effect” is one that we as humans are keenly aware of. The idea that certain actions or events will inevitably lead to certain effects is something we become familiar with at an extremely young age.  As we grow and mature the reality of just how prevalent this law is in every aspect of our lives (health, finances, social, relationships, etc.) only become clearer. A good example of how we recognize this pattern can…