Wanted ~ More Sons of Issachar

The group of guys nearby may have been trying to see who could come up with the most extravagant understatement. I can’t say for sure, but if it was a contest, my money would have been on the bearded guy in the baseball cap. You could tell he was having a serious moment because he Continue reading

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But Wait . . . There’s More!

If you watch TV very much, you’ve seen one of those commercials that present some “amazing” new product with features so incredible that life without them would be virtually unbearable. Just when you think you’ve endured it all and they’re finally wrapping up their sales pitch, the voice excitedly declares, “BUT WAIT . . . THERE’S MORE!”  That’s when you discover that these wonderful people are willing to send you not one, but two of these life-changing products! Maybe today’s item is their indestructible skillet. Just think, if terrorists happened to attack your house while you were using one of them to melt your defective cell phone with a blowtorch, you could quickly Continue reading

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A World Changing Proposition

This past week marked the 19th year since the most shocking and devastating day our country has endured since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. On September 11, 2001, the nation found itself confronted with a common enemy whose hatred was not limited to demographic specifics like ethnic backgrounds, economic status, party affiliation, religious preference, or skin color. Just living here was enough to make anyone a target for death. Those conditions set in motion a common response throughout the land . . . people prayed.

A Powerful Incentive ~
Personal and national prayer rose in prominence after the 9/11 attacks to a level not seen since WWII. The graphic examples of senseless, Continue reading

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Guaranteed Benefits ~ And No Fine Print

Have you ever bought something that was “guaranteed for life” and discovered way too late that the exclusions hidden in the fine print made the guarantee worthless? I bought some brake pads once that were guaranteed for the life of the car. When they wore out in less than two years, I took them back to get replacements. “Oh,” the salesperson said, “that guarantee doesn’t cover normal wear.” I’m still not sure what the warranty actually covered, probably something like, “Pads will be replaced at a prorated cost if performance is affected due to vehicle plunging into a large vat of sorghum molasses after colliding with Continue reading

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Blinded Minds (Part IV Cont’d, Follow the Leader Series)

I stood at the edge of the tool shed roof looking down at the ground with my heart pounding as my small hand gripped the handle of Grandma’s umbrella. I pictured myself floating gently to the ground, and shooting my pretend gun at pretend enemies and doing it over and over until suppertime . . . or until I got caught.

The thrill of my adventure lasted about as long as it took for the “whomph” sound to announce that Continue reading

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Blinded Minds (Part IV, Follow the Leader Series)

The old adage, “Seeing is believing,” proclaims the value of visual observation, and every court and legal system ever devised has confirmed that eyewitness testimony is a source of powerful and convincing evidence. Saying “I saw it with my own eyes” can sound convincing and authoritative, but is visual testimony always the ultimate test in determining whether or not something is true? Continue reading

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