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Swan Lake

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Swan Lake

There was a time when a walk in the park with my boys was an adventure but yesterday, it was simply valuable. Call it a nostalgic mom moment but an afternoon walking around a lake I deemed as Swan Lake with my youngest son was nothing short of priceless. I stepped off the plane in Orlando and weaved my way in and out of busy people. The old adage “a lump in my throat” could have never been truer. The normal “mom” things zipped through my head….I did send him the...

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The Coolest of the Cool — Pat Patterson

Posted by on Dec 2, 2008 in Guest Post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Coolest of the Cool — Pat Patterson

> “Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 28:31 I couldn’t believe it! He was my hero. The coolest of the cool. Warlord of the most vicious gang of teenagers that ever roamed the streets of New York, and he was coming to my hometown. I had to see him! It was a teenaged boy’s dream come-true. I had read his book several times, at least to the point where he became a Christian, but I never ventured past that page; I...

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The Right Place at the Right Time — Irene Brand

Posted by on Nov 24, 2008 in Guest Post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Right Place at the Right Time — Irene Brand

>“Who knows but that you have come to the royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:12b NIV When my husband, Rod, and I planned a vacation to Ireland, September 2001, we didn’t know that we would be overseas on one of the blackest days in the history of the United States. Yet as God placed Esther in a Persian harem for a purpose, so He used us in the aftermath of 911. We were eating lunch in an Irish village when we heard the tragic news. Occasionally, I have questioned the truth of...

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Be Careful Who You Put on a Pedestal — Sue Payne

Posted by on Nov 20, 2008 in Guest Post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Be Careful Who You Put on a Pedestal — Sue Payne

>Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. John 14:6 I grew up attending church. For as long as I can remember, our family life revolved around the involvement in services, choir, youth group, church suppers and bazaars, plays and committees. I was fortunate enough to have role models and mentors through the church family whom I looked up to during this time of my life. Among my mentors was our pastor. I held him in very high regard, went to him for advice, and always felt he...

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The Best of the Best — Pat Patterson

Posted by on Nov 18, 2008 in Guest Post, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Best of the Best — Pat Patterson

>“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10 To be the best: To excel, to outdo all others, to reach a level of accomplishment unsurpassed in one’s field. And for a brave young man I know—my good friend’s son— it means even more than that. It means to be willing to lay down your life, to sacrifice your freedom that others might live… “Pat-Man, I need your help.” “Are you okay?” I said. “What is it?” “They’ve called him up again.” “Again?” “They’re...

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The Morning After — Ariel Allison

Posted by on Nov 18, 2008 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Morning After — Ariel Allison

> “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving, be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Red states. Blue states. Exit polls. Electoral votes. My mind spins as election results scroll across my television screen. And fear rises in my...

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