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The 5 Super Foods That Make Thanksgiving

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Can you remember the first television show you saw that featured food and cooking? Although the official Food Network did not start until April 19, 1993, there were a few early cooks in the kitchen broadcasting their savory delights. For example, Julia Child released a television special February 11, 1963, […]

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The Four Audiences of Jesus

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Feeling pulled in different relational directions? If so, you’re in good company. The same thing happened to Jesus. Literally. Consider this scene. Jesus has just healed a demon-possessed man, and He is now walking in a crowd. A man named Jairus approaches Jesus and asks Him to come heal his […]

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The Value of the Long View of Life

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At the end of every season my son’s basketball coach used to deliver a simple message: “Do not let high school basketball be the best thing or worst thing that has ever happened to you in your life. If it is, then we’ve failed as coaches.” In other words—enjoy every […]

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Can You Win Without Someone Else Losing?

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Everybody talks about a win/win, even Michael Scott. The problem is, most people operate from a framework that doesn’t really allow for win/win. At their core, most people really believe that for me to win, someone else has to lose. Let me give you a conceptual example—for instance, power. Most […]

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Who Should Bat Last?

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Hold out your money. Speak your soup order in a loud, clear voice. Step to the left and pick up your soup. Step to the left too early…NO SOUP FOR YOU!Too slow with the money…NO SOUP FOR YOU! The notorious Soup Nazi in the Seinfeld show cares about proper sequencing. […]

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Ethics of the Heart

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O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know […]

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Style versus Substance

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It is not good to have zeal without knowledge. PROVERBS 19:2 According to Aristotle, men who want to be persuasive but don’t really have anything to say simply speak louder. That makes us chuckle, but we only chuckle because we know it’s true. Ours is a world of loud talkers—salesmen […]

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Fading with Influence

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For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business. JAMES 1:11 A young plant bursts through the soil in early spring. As the […]

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Just Say Yes

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Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”— when you now have it with you. PROVERBS 3:27-28 Most of us aren’t as cold-hearted as Charles Dickens’s Ebenezer Scrooge, […]

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Living in Truth: Feeling Confident AND Being Humble

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Basketball fans at the University of Arkansas celebrate their home victories by singing a slightly altered version of the 1980 Mac Davis song, “Oh, Lord, it’s Hard to be Humble.” The players and cheerleaders go into the student section of Walton Arena, lock arms, sway left and right, and sing […]

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