Category Archives: America

THE FABULOUS FIVE

Dateline June, 11 1776 On this day in history, the Continental Congress appointed a committee of five to write the Declaration of Independence from their mother country, England. The men chosen for this committee consisted of Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, … Continue reading

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LESSONS FROM THE PAST

My generation tends to forget that our lives weren’t perfect.  I think we paint a picture of perfection of the past – Norman Rockwell’s view of American life as it should be.  We try to hide the bad stuff and look only … Continue reading

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GET OFF MY LAWN

We live in a small town in Minnesota called Anoka. It started out as a a lumbertown with two rivers on either of it’s boundaries. As we were searching for a home closer to my daughter and her family (which … Continue reading

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THE NAMES OF GOD

God is very clear about His name.  Not only are we to honor it, but we should never use it in a negative way. In describing Himself through the words of the Bible, He has used words like Alpha and … Continue reading

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SIDE EFFECTS OF COVID-19

Have you noticed how defensive people have become lately? You can see it everywhere. Not only has the crime rate risen during this time, but births have decreased when you’d think this time of isolation would only create more new … Continue reading

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HOW CAN I SERVE?

A servant is defined by the dictionary as a person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant. Some synonyms for the word are attendant · retainer · domestic help  while more … Continue reading

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WHO IS YOUR SUPER HERO?

Well from the image I’ve chosen this morning, it would seem there are more heroes than there are those in need of them. Add to this photograph – moms & dads, police officers & fire fighters, doctors & nurses and … Continue reading

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GIVE A MAN A FISH . . .

In the past few months we’ve been led to believe that the government is our only hope for the future. We have grown reliant on those stimulus checks. We justify them as being part of our tax dollars put to … Continue reading

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PUT ON A FACEBOOK FACE

We were only a couple months into a pandemic when I took this selfie as a reminder of what I was beginning to feel like A year has come and gone and we’re still wearing facial coverings in spite of … Continue reading

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WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A PAPER BAG?

In our town, some stores have opted to not use paper bags. Instead you can purchase a bag or bring your own canvas bag from home. I’m wondering why paper? I have such an abundance of plastic bags in my … Continue reading

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SELF REFLECTION

It isn’t a matter of taking sides in a situation. We must first look at ourselves – our own mistakes and misconceptions – our flaws and voices that speak without thinking first. This week has been one of great ups … Continue reading

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WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

  The only justice for a life of sin is death.  Every person that walks the earth is guilty no matter how good they may appear.  We have all been judged by God and fallen short of His expectations. When I … Continue reading

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WE CAN’T LIVE LIKE THIS

Yesterday, after the final moments of the infamous trial in Minneapolis, the governor appeared in a press conference. Throughout his opening remarks he used this phrase over and over again. “We can’t live like this.” He used those words to … Continue reading

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STAYING CONNECTED

It’s hard to be part of the world today. Even though we’re all connected to our home towns, our communities, our families, our church, we’re still living life apart from them. In the past year we’ve opted to stay away … Continue reading

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FREEDOM!

The cry for freedom has been shouted for centuries. I wonder if William Wallace, a Scottish knight who fought for Scotland’s Independence in the thirteenth century, ever had thoughts that he would someday be portrayed in an epic performance. His … Continue reading

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AN ACT OF RANDOM KINDNESS – ARK

The movie, “Evan, Almighty,” featuring Morgan Freeman as God had one line that stuck with me. At the end, Evan who is a modern day Noah, learns the valuable lesson that what it takes to change the world is an … Continue reading

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ABIDE WITH ME

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away.Change and decay in all around I see.O thou who changest not, abide with me. Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes.Shine through the … Continue reading

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BEING EXCLUSIVE SHOULD BE INCLUSIVE

Being a Christian is not being part of an exclusive group of people who have received favor from God. Jesus tells us that His kingdom is in heaven, but His mission on earth was to redeem those who were lostTOn … Continue reading

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TRANSFORMATION

The idea of transformation is tough for most of us. We feel comfortable in our own skin. Change isn’t easy. In fact, many of us are satisfied to live the same every day, without ever taking chances, risks or any … Continue reading

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TGIMITAW – THANK GOD I MADE IT THROUGH ANOTHER WEEK!

In my younger days the thought of Friday always conjured ideas of having some time for fun, relaxation and spontaneous activity. In other words, I had two days of time when I could sleep late if I wanted to, not … Continue reading

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