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Archive for June, 2014

We Aren’t As Wise As We Think We Are

Last week a young man broke into a house in Minnesota. He stole cash, credit cards and the man’s watch. Then, seeing that the computer was on, he logged into his Facebook account and forgot to log off. That’s how they caught him. His next status update will have to be from prison. I once […]

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How to get rich: strike oil

John Rockefeller once explained the secret of success – ‘Get up early, work late – and strike oil.’ I’m sure we’d all like to be able to follow that advice. There’s a story about a widow who lived in the days before there was any social assistance or welfare but she struck oil in a […]

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How to have more peaceful relationships

When Narvaez, the Spanish explorer, lay dying, his father-confessor asked him whether he had forgiven all his enemies. Narvaez looked astonished and said, “Father, I have no enemies, I have shot them all.” Well that’s one way to deal with your problems – but not one that’s recommended. It seems we don’t go too many […]

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Don’t Complain About This

So here’s a challenging verse: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14) My first reaction is to qualify Paul’s words “do everything” so that I can have some wiggle room here to grumble and complain about the things I don’t like. Paul doesn’t really mean ‘do everything’ without grumbling does he? Unfortunately he does. […]

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