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Braves’ letdown reminds us of life’s reality

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Growing up, my Mom used to tell us boys, “Don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed.”

I guess we Braves fans expect too much. The successful run of the 1990s and early 2000s spoiled us, and now we feel the Braves let us down when they don’t make the playoffs.

This season’s September meltdown was downright disappointing, if not disastrous. Glancing at empty stands during television broadcasts in the final month, a lot of people obviously had the same feelings. Read More»

How important are people to you?

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Bubba was always bragging about people he knew. One day his boss confronted Bubba and said, “Bubba, it’s impossible for someone to know all the people you claim to know.”

Bubba said, “Well, name someone, anyone.”

The boss wanted to prove his point, so he said, “How about Tom Cruise?”

Bubba said, “Oh, yes, Tom and I know each other well.” Read More»

God’s call still clear and strong

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There’s a debate happening on some internet blogs about the two missionaries who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia. Dr. Kent Brantly, serving through Samaritans Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a nurse serving with SIM, were airlifted home and treated at Emory Hospital.

Brantly and Writebol both survived and are recovering. However, a third American missionary doctor has been diagnosed with the virus. Read More»

Slow pokes, round-abouts, and good ol’ kindness

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I don’t know about this new law that went into effect July 1. The “Slow Poke” law, House Bill 459, is designed to reduce tailgating, road rage and traffic congestion. If you’re driving in the left lane of a Georgia highway or expressway and some motorist speeds up behind you, quickly move over and let him pass or you could be ticketed. Read More»

Looking at the lighter side of life

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One of the things that I miss most about this stage of life is sitting around the dinner table as a family and talking about our day, especially this time of year. The kids would tell stories about their day at school.

At our recent brothers’ reunion, my sister-in-law was telling me that they were sitting around the dinner table, and my brother Mark was telling his story about his day. Read More»

Back to school, back to church

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Oh, the sweet days of summer. Watermelon, fresh vegetables, red tomatoes, Fourth of July, beach vacation, Vacation Bible Schools, youth camp, peaches, homemade ice cream, plenty of Braves games!

I’d love a few more months of summer, but that’s not how the calendar works. Summer break is winding down and families are getting in “back to school” mode.

Pastors like back to school mode because members who have been on vacation hopefully will settle back into regular church attendance and participation. Read More»

Can your church count on you?

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The community orchestra had been preparing for their annual fall concert for nearly five months. At the final dress rehearsal, the conductor took time during a break to thank everyone who had helped over the past months. He thanked the sponsors, the press, the ladies who had helped with the costumes, and everyone else he could think of.

Finally, he said, “I want to pay special tribute to one member who hasn’t missed a single rehearsal. Everyone else has missed at least one night except Joe, our first violinist. I’d like him to stand and be recognized. Read More»

God’s picture of success Is different

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George Barnard Shaw said, “There are two sources of unhappiness in life. One is not getting what you want; the other is getting it.”

America is obsessed with success. We work hard to get what we want. From the early days of our youth, we are encouraged to compete to be number one, whether it’s winning the spelling bee or ranking at the top of our graduating class. Setting our minds on a goal and driving until we reach that goal makes us a success, we think. Success is a destination. Read More»

How well do you manage your stress?

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A well-circulated cartoon depicts a zebra standing and facing the reader. He’s half white and half black-and-white as his stripes are unravelling and piling up on the ground beside him. The caption reads, “I think it’s stress.”

Stress has been called the virus of the modern era. Most of us live with so much stress that it’s become as normal as brushing our teeth. Some of our stress comes from circumstances beyond our control, while much of it is brought on ourselves. Read More»

Do we take the Bible for granted?

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One recent morning, one of our students had a strong prompting that she should take her Bible to school. She put it in her book bag, and as she began every class, she’d open her book bag and glance at her Bible. As she started her last class, this time she took her Bible out of her bag.

Immediately, a student sitting next to her asked, “Is that a Bible? May I please see it? My parents will not allow me to have a Bible. I would love to look at it for a moment.”

This student from Southeast Asia held the Bible in her hands for the first time, and was so grateful to get to quickly scan it. Read More»

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