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    National Farmer’s Day was October 12 and there’s very few people in our little corner of the world that doesn’t have a connection to a family that works the land in some way. Most folks in rural areas appreciate the hard labor it requires to produce crops. The farmer has a unique and […]

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    There are many remedies offered for the ills of life. As a chaplain I’m often sought after to help people gain relief from the stresses in their life, but I don’t always have an immediate cure for them. Many of these folks have either become overwhelmed to the point they can’t see beyond […]

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    In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt issued an Arbor Day proclamation to all the school children in the United States. Arbor Day exists to celebrate trees and educate people concerning their importance to our health and the environment. I’m not sure what schools are teaching kids these days concerning the importance of Arbor Day; […]

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    How many times have you been guilty of causing a negative situation to get worse by talking when silence would’ve been the best decision? Ever since the 1940s, the United States Forest Service has used “Smokey the Bear” to teach people to be responsible with camp fires. In light of this analogy, we […]

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    My son graduated from high school and wasted no time in pursuing career opportunities. His part time job in real estate motivated him to study for, complete, and pass the initial real estate license exam. He also enrolled full-time in college. Although the future is bright for him in the business world, he’s […]

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    I once told the congregation of the small country church I pastor that we’re all in the construction business. Not only are we building the Kingdom of God through the ministries of our church, we’re building something else personally significant to each and every one of us. Our thoughts, emotions, words, and actions […]

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    Through my military assignments I have been called upon to deliver deployment ceremony invocations, as well as thanksgiving prayers at homecoming celebrations for particular returning army units.    The homecoming events are very special. Newspapers, television stations, and families get tremendously excited, and for good reason. The bells ring, the whistles blow, the […]

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    This is the time of year when crops are being planted and gardens are being cultivated. The plowing and the fertilizing are faithfully done with the hopeful expectation there will be a great harvest. All the elements of successful agricultural planning doesn’t happen automatically. There’s a marked intelligence that is brought to bear […]

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    Many years ago I entered the so-called “real world” of professional employment. I was fresh out of graduate school and hired as a director of a YMCA in a small Alabama town. Attending a leadership and certification conference was the first directive given to me by my supervisor. This program school was held […]

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    American Country music singer and songwriter Joey Feek was a loving, faithful, Christian woman with many talents. She passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. I heard her in an interview four months before her death where she said, “When the doctors told me how bad it was and that my cancer […]