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Have you ever been given favor because of someone else? Maybe they “put in a good word” for you, or picked up your mess so others wouldn’t notice. Perhaps they taught you something that when utilized, brought success. I think if we take a moment and think, we can all come up with at least one person who fits the bill. If you are like me, you can come up with a… Read More

A new year is here. Even greater, a new decade. I don’t know about you, but for me there are things in the last year and decade that are a part of my past I wish could be undone. Things I’ve said, things I’ve done. Most done out of selfish immaturity. Some to myself, some to others. My guess is, you can relate at some level. The truth is, we’ve all made… Read More

There was a time she didn’t touch both ends of the couch. She would fall asleep snuggled up with me, even though she adamantly said I wasn’t her dad. Things have changed over the three years I’ve been a part of her life. She now says “I love you” back to me. She calls me “dad” when referring to me with her friends, even when she knows I can hear her. She… Read More

Have you ever noticed how infectious a smile can be? I wonder if you are like me, unable to resist smiling back. A smile churns my spirit, it makes me feel a sense of happiness. Growing up, I was told by my Pastor that one of the things he liked most about me was that I always had a smile. That comment, this observation has stuck with me for years now. See,… Read More

Whether you like yours or not, your name has significance. There is a reason your name is what it is. The reason may be silly, or dumb in your opinion, but the fact is there was reason behind picking that name for you. My middle name was picked in honor of my great-grandpa. Parts of my children’s names were chosen because of the connection to family, or my wife and mine’s personal… Read More

Anyone who knows me well, knows I have developed a love for genealogical research over the years. There is satisfaction and happiness I get from successfully learning and tracing my ancestral roots as far back as I possibly can. With the revelation of my interest and fascination often comes the question why. Why do I invest the time, the money, at times my emotions (as it can be frustrating!)? Why is this… Read More

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[a] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say… Read More

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! – 1 Chronicles 16:34 Growing up, I know now how much I took for granted. Simple things like food, shelter, transportation. More personal things, like hugs from the people you love, or a kiss goodnight when your parents tuck you in bed. It’s easy as a child to not fully appreciate what we have, to be… Read More