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EVEN BIG BEN CAN’T MATCH GOD’S TIMING

EVEN BIG BEN CAN’T MATCH GOD’S TIMING

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," declares Popeye's sidekick Wimpy on the long-running cartoon. An endearing rascal, Wimpy offers the transaction knowing full well there's no way he'll foot the bill since he never eats at the Rough House diner on...

CHOOSING FAITH OVER FEAR

CHOOSING FAITH OVER FEAR

It started with a nice piece of fudge, sans nut. I hadn't known Elizabeth long enough to know if she could eat them. Earlier in the day, Eugene and I headed to Temecula's Old Town for a play date. One of our favorite stops is a candy shop with some melt-in-your-mouth...

THE WORD

THE WORD

We were sitting on the patio. As the adults were enjoying their Sunday morning gathering in the living room, Ellowynn, Christopher and I were huddled under the umbrella as we took on that week's lesson on New Creation. It was certainly apropos as Easter was still...

REJOICING IN THE REAL MAXIMUM SECURITY

REJOICING IN THE REAL MAXIMUM SECURITY

With thunderous power, the three-year old thoroughbred slogged through mud to finish first, earning him an elite award in the horse racing world. Maximum Security was the toast of the town-for a matter of moments. In a dramatic display not seen since the 1960s,...

GETTING PRUNED TO THE ROOTS

GETTING PRUNED TO THE ROOTS

Like much of the foliage in our area, abundant rain has transformed a bush near our front door into a self-contained jungle. But in recent weeks, it was no longer contained as its vibrant leaves encroached the walkway, slapping me in the face every time I passed by....

LESSON OF THE TUTU AND LOCKER ROOM

LESSON OF THE TUTU AND LOCKER ROOM

She wore a pink tutu and even though she was just a toddler, her movements reflected the inner dance-the joy-that such dress invokes. Her dark eyes matched her shoulder-length curls, which bobbed with each step.   She spotted the wall of wooden lockers and...

LOOK UP CHILD!

LOOK UP CHILD!

Jesus had been traveling the countryside teaching and, in the case of the religious leaders, correcting false doctrine. It was a common theme in the Gospels. In Mark 7, for instance, He addresses multiple topics, chastising both the Scribes and the Pharisees for...

LIVING AS A FOOL

LIVING AS A FOOL

Emerald hills. Poofy clouds. Colbalt skies. Red noses and eyes. All signs of spring. Oh, and April Fools. April 1 is one of those awkward days. It's fun to dish out but not always to take. It's often a day of uneasy apprehension as we wait for a lurking surprise;...

IN SEARCH OF A QUICK FIX

IN SEARCH OF A QUICK FIX

"Temporarily closed for repairs," read the sign on a bathroom stall. It's not uncommon to see variants of such signs on public restrooms across the country. I've run into them many times—usually when the need is most inconvenient. It happened last week while at a gas...

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

In America's highly consumer-driven environment the one-size-fits-all concept has become a popular selling mantra. It's used to peddle everything from sweaters to baseball hats. Over the years, politicians and authors have used the phrase to appeal to wider audiences....

TACKLING A CLOUDY PERSPECTIVE

TACKLING A CLOUDY PERSPECTIVE

The bed was toasty. Flannel sheets and a quilt created a hard-to-leave cocoon. The window was open just wide enough to hear the rain bouncing off of the patio wall. It was Saturday and there was no rush to leave such comfort behind. I stirred a bit and Eugene, working...

CLEAN SLATE

CLEAN SLATE

The man was decked out in worn work clothes, gloves and a broom. Moments earlier he parted ways with a younger co-worker who disappeared from sight, on his own quest to spiff up another section of the property. With his back turned on his buddy, the older gentleman...