Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 Riptide Rescue I was swimming in the Atlantic one hot summer day as a teenager, when I suddenly realized I was farther from shore than I ever had been. Only one other swimmer was near me. Everyone else was a considerable distance in toward the beach. No worries. I started stroking toward shore…

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Brutal honesty about making it in the real world Welcome from the beauty of Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, Indiana. It’s good for the soul to get outside and away from the computer or smartphone. Can I get an Amen! But we don’t always fully enjoy the moment in places like this, as shown…

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Sept.13, 2020 – Peace Amidst A Pandemic It’s possible! What’s in your backpack? I was in the Fishers YMCA a while back when, in the Wellness Center, there was a guy climbing the stair master with a fully loaded expedition pack strapped to his back. I asked him about it. Turns out he was training…

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The old way doesn’t cut it anymore The long freight train of COVID-19 Have you ever had a freight train throw a wrench in your schedule?  You’re already running late as you’re driving toward a crossing, when just before you get there, the lights start flashing and the bell starts clanging. You hit the brakes,…

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Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. One of the things comedians are known for is a quickness to retort and belittle those who heckle and antagonize them. Patton Oswalt is one such comedian in America. But last year, his comeback caught a lot of people by surprise. It…

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I want to show you a really unusual tree. It’s located in a residential neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. And it is known as the wishing tree. Nicole Helprin owns the property, and before leaving on a trip several years ago, she got the idea of writing out a few wishes and hanging them from the…

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With the school year starting up, there’s the story of a teacher who one winter was helping a kindergarten student put on his cowboy boots. He had asked for help, and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, those little boots didn’t want to go on. By the time they got…

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It’s time we speak about Jesus’ least answered prayer—and how we can become the answer to it. Jesus’ least unanswered prayer is found in John chapter 17. Following the Last Supper, Jesus prays for the men in that room, and then he prays for all who will come to faith in him. Jesus prayed for…

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Have you ever noticed that some of the best solutions come from good questions? For example, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of just three set out to find rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry. Working in a small lab in San Diego, California, it took dozens…

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