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Common Sense

QTMs for 12/4/17: THE TREASURE of a FEW DEAR FRIENDS

I cherish good truth wherever I find it. This great post was in last Friday’s mail.  It speaks so well I chose not to editorialize. A newlywed young man was sitting on the porch on a hot, humid day, sipping iced tea with his father.  As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, … Continue reading »

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Q(uiet) T(ime) M(using)s for 11/16/17: EVER STOPPED TO THINK . . . ?

THAT NO MATTER WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE, GOD KNOWS THE REAL YOU? THAT REGARDLESS OF WHAT EARTHLY POWER YOU’VE GRABBED FOR YOURSELF, AT LIFE’S END YOU’RE GOING TO STAND ACCOUNTABLE BEFORE HIM? THAT ALL YOUR RUTHLESS SCHEMES TO CRIPPLE OR DESTROY YOUR POLITICAL OPPONENTS WILL BE LAID BARE BY GOD? THAT YOU LOOK PATHETIC … Continue reading »

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300-Word Stroll for 11/13/17: 3 WAYS YESTERDAYERS AIN’T RATIN’

You can moon over how amazing you were until you’re wasting what God wants to do through you today. You know the type.  Always reminding you of how studly or stunning they were, and how much better they could do whatever you’re doing.  Gets tiresome, doesn’t it? “I’m glad you had those experiences, and once … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 11/10/17: “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.”

It’s hard to know what to do with a compliment you rarely hear. One of the reasons I decided to separate from the Air Force after my first hitch was the spitting derision all of us Vietnam-era veterans received upon coming back to the world.  It made no difference where we served or what uniform … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee for 11/7/17: 2 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT THE WHATCHUWANTS.

Humility walks in the door when what you think you know chases down how much you don’t, and forces you to listen. The boy’s name could’ve been Dawdle; that’s what he loved to do.  Rocks, sticks, stray dogs, a Frisbee somebody left in the street.  Anything could grab his interest and make him late coming home … Continue reading »

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A Granger Encounter, 11/4/17: THE RITES OF WRITING RIGHT

“Your regular?”  Rizzo’s voice always seemed to smile.  She topped off his coffee as she waited to take his order.  Granger hesitated, then told her what he wanted to eat.   “Seriously?  You want—”  Nodding, he repeated his order.  Shaking her head, she repeated it back: “Six eggs, basted over hard, shredded cheddar on them after … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, Nov. 1, 2017: MERE COINCIDENCE? NOPE.

The longer I walk with God, the less I believe in coincidence. There was yet another misguided jihadist’s attack in New York yesterday.  This devotional from FiveStarMan was in this morning’s mail.  I found it solid, timely counsel and pass it along. Don’t Curse God When Tragedy Strikes PROVERBS 1:27 When your panic comes as a storm … Continue reading »

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100-Word Stroll, 10/21/17: WHAT IS IT ABOUT “BY FAITH” YOU DON’T GET?

Naturalist and author Edward Abbey wrote, “Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.” No, it doesn’t.  It confirms it! Reformation Day this year is Tuesday, October 31st.  What sparked the fire in Martin Luther’s soul, back in 1517, was when he read the prophet Habakkuk’s statement:  “The righteous will live by his … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 10/18/17: LOVERS MAKE THE BEST LEADERS

Read early this morning in a daily devotional: “You are able to grow a greater love when you lay down your agenda in prayer and pick it up by faith and in love. Beware of ignoring thoughtful questions from the wise and becoming a fool by thinking you have all the answers. A greater love … Continue reading »

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2nd Cup of Coffee, 10/17/17: IT MEMES TO ME

This is a popular message, yet it doesn’t go quite far enough.  This well-meant, focused relationship only keeps working if that level of concern is received.  A gift is meaningless if the one honored won’t open it. Can half a relationship survive?  Yes, because God’s been modeling that before us our entire lives.  Two things … Continue reading »

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