23 May 2016

FIRST: Intercessory Prayer

“Can you pray for me?” I’ve always taken this request seriously. I’ve never thrown out the words “I’ll pray for that” or “I’ll be praying for you” without taking them

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16 May 2016

FIRST: Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline

For many years, I had some boxes stored in my parent’s attic. Having lived out of the country for many years, I had kind of forgotten about them. On a

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09 May 2016

FIRST: Sabbath Keeping

I recall some of the first tries at changing my Friday day off to a Friday Sabbath. A Sabbath is more holy than a day off, right? Prepping for that

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05 May 2016

Out of Focus

It is amazing what you can get used to. As I type this on my computer I am staring at the screen of an old monitor that is out of

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21 Apr 2016

Wired for Service

I had the privilege of watching my grandchildren the other day. While emptying the dishwasher one of my 19-month old granddaughters started taking the silverware out. One by one, she

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14 Apr 2016

In the Midst

I stepped off the hot bus and quickly surveyed my surroundings in order to orient myself. Which way to go? I quickly saw the cemetery. It was not the well-organized,

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31 Mar 2016

One Turn At a Time

It was another sunny winter day, a gift directly from the hand of the generous God. The temperature was 6 degrees at the base and -15 at the top of

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22 Mar 2016

Submission

THAT word which evokes negative feelings in many people – submission. To submit is “to give over or yield to the power or authority of another.” It was a week

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03 Mar 2016

MONEY

Money. It’s mine. It’s personal. It’s private. It’s none of your concern. I earn it. I spend it. I save it. I share it. It’s mine and it’s none of

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20 Nov 2015

Look for the Helpers

There’s a lot going on in the world today. It’s always been that way, but my eyes are opened more to it now than they have been before. As a

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19 Nov 2015

DON’T DO IT!

Okay. I’m not holding anything back. Here’s the deal. All advice is not worth taking. Seriously. Trust me on this one. Don’t do it!   What spurred this proclamation? The

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12 Nov 2015

LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, ENCOURAGEMENT, ADVICE

  It’s been a fixture in Hamilton, Ohio, for all of my life and all of my parents’ lives, and then some. For 98 years, Tom’s Cigar Shop has been

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