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November 2019

Thanksgiving: Three Thank-You's

Their “Thank-You” was to be overflowing obedience. It’s a long way from the Year of our Lord 2019 to 1406 BC. And it’s long way from Greenville, Wisconsin, to just east of the Dead Sea. But, of course, those places and those two years are really not that far away. Moses was 120 years old and after leading this nation out of Egypt and then guiding their wilderness travels for 40 years, he was ready to retire….to heaven. But he repeats God’s laws,...

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What Do You See?

What do you see? Have you seen this picture or ones like it? When you first look at it, you see one thing. But if you look a little closer, a little longer, you may see something completely different. So what did you see first, a rabbit or a duck? This particular image first appeared in a German humor magazine in 1892. But there are a million images just like it. How about this one: do you see an old man or a young woman? Do you see two faces or a small table? A picture of a skull, or a young...

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The Precious Promise of "Life"

Alex Trabek has been the host of the television game show Jeopardy since 1978. He’s hosted more than 8000 episodes since then. But I don’t think Alex has a day on the show like the one that aired this last Monday. This past Monday, the Final Jeopardy clue was, “In the title of a groundbreaking 1890 expose of poverty in New York City slums, these 3 words follow ‘How the.’” The correct response was, “What is ‘other half lives?’” But one...

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The Precious Promise of "More"

You might remember that it was about a year ago that wildfires destroyed the town of Paradise, California. Within just 8 hours, more than 13,000 homes were destroyed and 86 people died. Now a year has gone by, some of the town is rebuilt and some of the residents have come back, but many can’t; not because they’re unable, but because coming back to the place where they lost so much is too painful. Though not everyone can escape that pain. For many, whenever and wherever they smell...

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The Precious Promise of Freedom

It’s the time of year when we begin to notice a number of things we don’t typically see at other times during the year. We notice people walking through our neighborhoods dressed up as princesses and superheroes. We see cornfields turned into complex mazes. We see haunted houses filled with zombies, spiderwebs, and scary music. These unusual sights and experiences all show up every October, of course, because they are ways people use to commemorate the cultural phenomenon known as...

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