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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Blind Rage (Part III, Follow the Leader Series)

For a clearer picture of the potentially devastating kind of blindness we’d like to consider as we continue our series, let’s talk about tools for a minute. I’ve always been intrigued with tools. In my early years on a little family farm, I watched with fascination as my grandpa worked with them. He had all kinds of hand tools, hammers, saws, wrenches, pliers, shovels, woodworking instruments, and a variety of devices hanging on the barn wall that I never really saw him use.

Of all the tools around the barn and the house, knives were the most appealing to me because Continue reading

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Blind Allegiance ~ Trust with a Nasty Twist (Part II, Follow the Leader Series)

In the Disney movie, Aladdin, there’s a scene early in the film in which Aladdin and his new-found friend, who’s really a Princess in disguise, are catching their breath and enjoying what was becoming a romantic moment in Aladdin’s quarters. But their intimate moment was rudely interrupted by the approach of a bunch of burly palace guards they had eluded in the marketplace earlier. In the midst of the unanticipated crisis, and with no clear avenue of escape, the erstwhile young hero reaches out his hand to the Princess, looks intently into her eyes, and asks, Continue reading

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