Discover Annapolis Tours, a fixture in Maryland’s capital since 1984, was famous for trolley weddings and tours of Annapolis. Making Annapolis a wedding destination city. Until January 1, 2013. Enter the Civil Marriage Protection Act. Approved by 52.4% of voters in a statewide referendum on November 6, 2012. Hailed by gay activists as a watershed moment for gay rights. The first time marriage rights in the U.S. had been extended to same-sex couples by popular vote.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Maryland It also became a watershed moment for Discover Annapolis Tours. Owner Matt Grubbs, a Christian, decided to cease providing wedding services of any kind. To avoid violating the new law, which prohibited discrimination… Read more »

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What does it take to become one of the most powerful women in technology? And the most powerful woman in wireless? Just ask Cher Wang. Co-founder and Acting-Chairman of integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies (1987)… and subsequently, co-founder and Chairman of HTC (High Technology Company), Taiwanese consumer electronics giant (1997). At its zenith, HTC was one of the top three smart-phone and tablet providers in the world, besides Samsung and Apple.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC In 2014, Forbes ranked Cher #54 on its annual list of the100 Most Powerful Women in the World.   https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2014/05/28/the-worlds-most-powerful-women-2014/#12de3d947687 In 2015, Cher joined CNBC’s First 25 List — the 25 people judged to have had the most profound… Read more »

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I knew he had been ill. But there was a level of secrecy about it. Suggesting it must be serious. It is. He has cancer. I just discovered this days ago. He’s a “professional” friend. I met him through my husband. We see each other only occasionally. Mostly at professional functions gathering people nationwide. We live almost 1,000 miles apart. I last saw him two years ago. He’s battled cancer for 18 months. At our dinner several days ago, the Mystery Illness was named. You had burdened my heart earlier that day, Lord. With a burning question. No, a burning prayer. How do I tell him about You? He’s an… Read more »

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How is Kingdom POWER mobilized, in the marketplace or anywhere else? What innovative approaches are required in today’s culture of compromise? What can we decipher from this real-life encounter… ? Two disciples were telling people about Jesus. Not His principles to live by or even His good works. But His most defining moment: His resurrection from the dead, as the long-awaited Messiah. The authorities heard them. Greatly disturbed, they jailed these Jesus-followers. But many who had also heard believed their message… and the One of Whom they spoke. The audience listened with rapt attention to their inspired words. They had just witnessed their impossible actions. A 40-something man, lame from… Read more »

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Most of us have little chance of meeting the Business Titan I highlight today. On Earth, at least. Not that he would consider himself superior. It’s just the nature of the different calls the Lord has for each of us… Amen? “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”   (Ephesians 2:10) Strive Masiyiwa has been doing some amazing good works since he fell hard for Jesus. Many people ask him why the Lord has accomplished so much in his life. His reply? Just after I was saved, I had an amazing hunger for the Lord. I… Read more »

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What is the technology equivalent of fumes, Lord? Like when a car’s fuel tank is almost empty and it’s running on fumes? When the yellow light silently screams its warning from the dashboard that we’ve just about reached the end of our rope? That’s the state of my cell phone right now. My iPhone 7, barely 18 months old. It won’t recharge. I have tried two indoor chargers and one car charger. None of them work. So it’s clearly an issue with my phone. And it’s down to 8% battery life remaining. The nearest Apple store is two hours away. Another joy of living in the country, a.k.a. the boondocks. … Read more »

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On Wednesday, I wrote about the increasingly ferocious rhetoric that characterizes much of our political discourse today. I couldn’t help but pose these troubling questions: What kind of rhetoric (and the response it provokes) leads people from polite disagreement to empassioned persecution of those with whom we disagree? How does it start? Where does it end? These questions are troubling because they don’t wonder about a future time in a distant place. Empassioned persecution is already here. Today. In this Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Would you ever have imagined that a White House staff member would be asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia… Read more »

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Do any of us remember what we were taught in kindergarten? Young parents at least know what their children are being taught now. If they’re paying attention, that is. Maybe some of it is more rattling than reassuring… ?! Fifteen years ago, Robert Fulghum turned a simple concept into a national bestseller: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Here’s just some of Robert’s childhood wisdom… 1. Share everything. 2. Play fair. 3. Don’t hit people. 4. Put things back where you found them. 5: Clean up your own mess. AND When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. AND Sticks and… Read more »

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Did you know different flowers actually have meanings? Yellow Daffodils symbolize Hope and Rebirth.  https://www.ehow.com/list_7477456_flowers-mean-hope.html Could I please order a whole bouquet of them today?!   🙂 Nineteen days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on behalf of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker. Overturning the decision of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which found Jack guilty of sexual orientation discrimination when he declined to create a cake for a same-sex couple. The Commission had not given Jack’s religious objections the neutral consideration required under the Free Exercise [of religion] Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Commission’s bias against Jack’s faith was palpable. Just a few hours ago,… Read more »

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What does dreaming have to do with deliverance? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. Last night, I dreamed about Andrew Walker — the popular Hallmark movie star. Hallmark – “The Heart of TV.” No surprise there. I saw him last night, in a new movie that aired for the first time. What surprised me was our encounter. He was telling me he spends most of his time hiding the fact that he’s a Christian. And I was exhorting him to do the opposite. I woke up, remembering this dream vividly. I forget most of my dreams upon waking, so this must be significant. I Googled: “Is Andrew Walker a Christian?” Well, he’s… 39. Single…. Read more »

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