Life

If you fall seven times, get up eight

We just completed our first year of K.I.C.K. (Karate In Christ’s Kingdom) for kids from pre-kindgarten to fifth grade at my church. We had a blast teaching the basics of karate, self-defense and fitness in an environment that was Christ-centered and Scripture-saturated. What a wonderful sight it is to see all those little “warriors” of […]

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How was the Bible made?

My first Bible was a red King James Version New Testament given to me by the Gideons when I was in the fifth grade. I took it home and read its first words: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat […]

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Commentary: Economic Stimulus 101: Reaganomics vs. Obamanomics

President Obama says the economy is the worst since the Great Depression. Actually, it is the worst since the Reagan recession of 1982–83. Further, the 2009 market crash is not the worst since 1929 but since 1987 – also on Ronald Reagan’s watch. How was Ronald Reagan’s response to these economic crises different from what […]

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Indebted

Back when I was in high school, it was not uncommon in my group of friends to borrow a little change for an occasional afterschool snack in exchange for a proverbial I.O.U. To satisfy the debt, we would either pay back the money or the one who owed would buy the next time. For the […]

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Can the recession cause you to pack on the pounds?

Consumers are used to buying cheap cereals and processed foods in order to save money. And in the midst of a recession, this unhealthy habit may seem more crucial than before. But, the reality is that these are the very foods that are causing obesity, inflammation and sickness. According to some nutrition experts, a recession […]

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Forgiving the guy who’s just not that into you

The comedy “He’s Just Not That into You” reminded me of the painful reality of how many women have been hurt by men I call “bozo” guys. I asked a single gal the other day what she thought of the movie, and she said, it was “good but painful.” She went on to say that […]

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When two say ‘I do,’ money an issue?

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For, if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.”–Ecclesiastes 4:9–10. Making financial decisions can be hard enough for one person, and […]

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Fathers: The Antidote for Fear

It was 24 hours before Hurricane Andrew was scheduled to come crashing in on South Florida. My elementary-aged children were helping us get the shutters up and put away outside furniture. Our house was a whirlwind of activity, and I was totally oblivious to the wide-eyed fear on my kids’ faces as they ran around […]

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Fighting lupus with faith

It has often been said, “When man makes plans, God laughs.” Kia Paynes-Gentry knows this saying all to well. At 26 years old, Kia was living the typical lifestyle of a young woman her age. Working full-time to get through college, Kia was excited to graduate and begin working at a local hospital. Unfortunately, in […]

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An Easter basket that could save your marriage

Spring is busting out all over! Well, maybe not all over, but at least in the grocery story candy aisle. Have you already bought some goodies for your family’s Easter baskets? My family loves the peanut butter and chocolate eggs and, of course, the tiny jelly beans. And what about your spouse? Do you ever […]

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