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Annoyed Or Obedient?

Minnesota is known for many things. Unfortunately one of them is mosquitoes … jokingly referred to as the state bird. Mosquitoes have a way of shortening an otherwise nice evening on the back patio. Worse yet is when you try to go to sleep, only to hear one buzzing around you. No matter how much

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United by What??

We are quickly approaching New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  I’ve never understood the idea of celebrating because a page in the calendar is turned.  I heard someone say that it is an occasion that brings people together – regardless of political persuasion, religion, financial situation or cultural background. I continue to find it incomprehensible that

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Need A Reboot?

In this day and age, we all know the solution to our computer problems: reboot. I’m a computer engineer and I regularly tell people asking for help that they should start by seeing if a reboot will help their computer. A reboot clears the memory and loads the programs fresh. This fresh, clean start is

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Passion … Or …

I always roll my eyes when I’m at a church and people recite a liturgy in a monotone voice, like there’s no passion. Quite often people sing hymns without reflecting on the words – they sing because that’s what’s next in the program. And as sad as it sounds, that seems to be the situation

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Hearing God?

I woke up with a jolt to the sound of an alarm.  It was my alarm clock going off, telling me it was time to get up and start the day.  So after being jolted awake I immediately began swatting at my clock … but no matter what button I pressed, the alarm didn’t stop.

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Your-A-List Celeb…

There was a kid going thru cancer treatments and his one request was to get a hat or t-shirt from a fire station. He hopes to be a firefighter someday.  Firefighters visited him in the hospital – they are his version of an A-list celebrity. What is your version of an A-list celebrity? An actor

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WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS?

A lot of boys dream about growing up and becoming a football player – I did, but I’m only built to be a kicker. Many kids dream about growing up to be a musician or an actor – someone famous. As we get older, our dreams change.  We dream of a spouse and kids, a

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Anxiety … Fear … Stress …

I do a fair amount of pastoral counseling. Unfortunately, I have found that almost everyone suffers from stress and anxiety, some more often than others. Although there are a number of causes of stress and anxiety, it seems like the biggest is financial: worry over where income will come from, the possibility of losing that

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Crossing A Line…

I saw a number of pictures of old churches in the United States, buildings that were no longer being used.  Most had been deteriorating for many years.  They were all in very bad shape; some were exposed to the elements, many were full of debris. They all used to be beautiful buildings with magnificent architecture,

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