Life

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to […]

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Money Sense-Save More for Retirement With These 5 Tips

Even if you are juggling other financial goals, here are some steps from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management to help you get back on track. YOU ARE BUSY WITH YOUR CAREER, maybe buying a home, having kids, saving for college — even starting a business. It is the stuff of life — and retirement often takes […]

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Walmart VP Links Business, Cultural & Biblical Worldviews Thru Lifework

When Walmart Vice President and Regional Manager Elise Vasquez-Warner was transferred from the South Florida region to the Orlando area just over a year ago, she found a supportive network of like-minded professionals at Lifework Leadership in Orlando.   With teaching from nationally-known speakers, case studies with prominent business people, literary discussion and practical life […]

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All I Want for Christmas is…What?

The answer to that question could determine the success or failure of your Christmas experience. As a parent, the question is: What do we really want for Christmas? Don’t we want something that will last on into generations to come? Something powered by more than batteries. I have never heard anyone say, “We have a […]

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The Things My Wife Says…

One day, my wife Lisa said she felt that it was time we sacrifice more. I wasn’t sure what she meant. Was it time to begin to construct an altar in the back yard?  What would our neighbors think? What would we do with all the animals? Would Chihuahuas qualify? “Stephan, Stephan, Stephaaaaaaan….I think God […]

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Communication – The Thermometer of Your Marriage

Fall in South Florida is challenging for those of us who long for the splendor of the leaves while dreaming of a crackling fire and meaningful conversations. The temperature and humidity are often smothering, so we lower the degree on our AC and light a candle to set the mood. Our health is often measured […]

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Why is “Thank You” So Important?

Understanding “Thank You” is one of the most missing elements in our culture.  “Thank you” is also one of the most important lessons a parent should teach a child. Post Katrina a group of displaced, homeless people in Louisiana had been given “homes,” albeit trailers, to live in for the past year (emphasis on the […]

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Being Childlike in a Childish World

Imagine a humble, little first-century home existing within the New Testament era. Picture a dinner being prepared in a small, humble kitchen in first-century Palestine. A family is about to have a meal together. Out in the courtyard—outside the home—children are playing, running about and laughing. Just outside of the kitchen in the common area, […]

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The Power of Us: Expressing Appreciation

In the previous issue of the Good News, we shared a very common story of Zack and Ally, a couple living the Marriage Selfie life; appearances say they are amazingly happy in their marriage and successful in life. Sadly, social media has allowed us and sometimes pressures us to create “fake news” images and stories […]

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Keys to Healing Strained Relationships

Here are a few strategies to help you and I restore or at least redefine our strained relationships. Most people are weak when it comes to reconciling with another person. Most people are strong when it comes to ignoring problems in relationships. As a result, friendships take a nose dive, churches split, and marriages and […]

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