One thing we know is certain: No one gets out off our planet alive. I’m not referring to those brave souls — e.g., airline travelers and astronauts — who leave the surface of the planet temporarily. i’m referring to those who depart from here on a more permanent basis. Said another way… Sooner or later, we all die — either by natural or very unnatural means. So, everyone on the planet faces the loss of their loved ones… and the necessary aftermath of laying them “to rest” — both physically and emotionally. Enter the funeral home industry. We have all heard — perhaps even experienced — the worst of this…. Read more »

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It happened just yesterday. I was taking down our Christmas decorations. It wasn’t that I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I purposely left our decorations up for most of January. I’m never in any hurry to bid Christmas goodbye. Thankfully You, Lord, and everything this holiday means stays in my heart all year round. I hadn’t planned it… the fact that my taking ornaments off the tree would turn into a worship service. It just… happened. Isn’t that always the case, Lord, when we set our hearts on You? I had decided to play worship music as I worked. You and I had experienced such a sweet time of… Read more »

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Sometimes, I have no clue about what I’m going to write until I sit down at my computer. Like today, when I am to write about Kingdom POWER… and consider what we can learn from Christian business owners who are seeking to reflect His Light in the marketplace. This morning, as I prayed about Kingdom POWER, a Scripture came to mind: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and… Read more »

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On Monday, I shared some interesting research data that illuminates the intersection between physicians and faith. See  http://championsofdestiny.com/whats-up-doc-2/ The study revealed that, although a high percentage of physicians believe in God and attend religious services at least occasionally, 61% say they “try to make sense” of a difficult situation and “decide what to do without relying on God.”   http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/050714/doctorsfaith.shtml What about physicians who fall into the other 39%? Those who do turn to God as they make medical decisions and address dificult cases? A number of physicians in Illinois and Hawaii are finding just how challenging a proposition this can be. In September 2017, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed… Read more »

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The healthcare industry plays an increasingly significant role in our economy… Amen? And there is no shortage of debate about the societal challenges we face as we try to achieve a balance of widescale access to affordable, quality healthcare. After being an observer of healthcare services for most of my life, apart from annual physicals and their related tests, I became a big-time consumer seven years ago. Thanks to cancer — that unwelcome visitor who came totally without warning or family precedent. I am grateful to now be CANCER FREE! And grateful that I had both health insurance and the financial ability to afford the co-pays that came my way…. Read more »

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When did we first meet, Lord? Six years ago? He and his wife bought a nearby home. Snowbirds escaping the cold north for a few months each year. Until sickness and other maladies kept them away. We took full advantage of their early winters here. It didn’t take long for his wife and I to discover we are Forever Family. It’s amazing, Lord, how Your Holy Spirit bears witness so quickly. So we avoid time we might otherwise spend on superficial talk and jump right into the deep end of the pool. Where You are waiting… to take us deeper, still.  🙂 Nor did it take long to discover he… Read more »

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I heard from a dear brother-in-Christ today. Friday — the day I post about lessons we can learn from godly, courageous leaders and resources we can access. To help us mobilize Kingdom POWER as we face our increasingly challenging, post-Christian culture. Maybe I should call this Fire-Up Friday. Because, as a result of what my dear brother suggested, I’m fired up!  Maybe you will be, too. My brother is the leader of an international ministry. A man after God’s own heart, who walks with Him in the cool of the day. As a trusted friend. There’s more… In the Lord’s Army, he would be considered a five-star general. But today, he was… Read more »

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For seven years since eHarmony’s inception, prospective members had accessed the website’s entry portal. Beginning their online quest for a lifelong match by indicating “Man seeking woman” or “Woman seeking man.” Then, in 2007, eHarmony encountered Disharmony. A women in San Mateo County decided to try eHarmony, intrigued by its claim to be able to “deliver matches that have the foundation of compatibility based on a lifetime of joy.” Unfortunately, the entry portal did not give her the option she wanted: “Woman seeking woman.” She complained to the company without satisfaction… and then sued. Accusing eHarmony of violating a California law that prohibits businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation…. Read more »

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I’m happily married, out of the dating scene for more than 30 years. But since the Internet came along, I’ve wondered about those online dating services. Especially the one that created the category. eHarmony. Founded in 2000 by an evangelical Christian, Dr. Neil Clark Warren. His vision? Create a reliable system to help singles find compatible mates, leading to long-term, successful marriages.    https://www.eharmony.com/about/eharmony/ The foundation for eHarmony started earlier. Dr. Warren spent 35 years practicing as a clinical psychologist, counseling thousands of married couples. His book, Finding the Love of Your Life, was eventually published by Focus on the Family. The book alone didn’t fulfill the title’s promise. People were… Read more »

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I don’t mean that colloquial expression: “All dolled up in fancy clothes.” I mean dressed to turn something alive into something dead. Dressed to kill that something, literally. Once and for all. Thanks to You, Lord, this happened to me twice today. Concerning two enemies that needed to be put out of my misery. One was a large stump in our backyard. It started as a little weed a few years ago. From sheer neglect on my part, it grew into a large tree with multiple branches. An unwelcome squatter overshadowing a whole section of lawn. Hurricane Irma took care of some of it in September. What she started with high winds, we… Read more »

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