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19
Nov 2018
Growing Gratitude: You Are What You Do

Do you live as if today is just another day in your life? Well, it’s not. Today is the one day that is given to you. It is a gift. It is grace that you are alive right now at this moment. What will you do with this gift? You can ignore the gift and take this day for granted. Or you can live this day as though it has been granted to you, given to you as a gift. When we take things for granted, we live as people entitled to something that was......

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11
Nov 2018
Growing Gratitude: Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything!

I want to give you a 50% chance to win 500. But the other 50% chance is that you must pay me $500! Will you take that gamble? Most likely, you said, “No way!” How about this gamble: a 50% chance to win $1500 or a 50% chance to lose $1000. Are you willing to take that one? Again, most people answer, “No, thanks.” In the first example, the amounts of gain or loss are equal. However, there is within us an emotional response to the potential loss which is significantly larger......

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28
Oct 2018
Growing Gratitude: Series Intro

Gratitude Changes Everything. It really does! Over the next few weeks we will explore Christian gratitude. What is it? How does it work? How do we not just feel it, but authentically practice it? I am reminded of a scene from one of my favorite holiday movies – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Maybe you remember the family meal scene when Clark asks Aunt Bethany to say grace: I laugh every time I see this scene. It’s funny, but it’s also kinda sad. Maybe it’s no coincidence that Aunt Bethany confuses saying grace......

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22
Oct 2018
Back in the Day - A Matter of Perspective

  “”My very excellent mother just served us nine pizzas” Do you remember what this phrase is for? It’s a mnemonic device. If you guessed that it is a sentence for remembering the order and names of the planets, then you are correct! Well, at least it was until Pluto got dropped from the planetary list! It used to be a great mnemonic device because back in the day, we had 9 planets! Poor Pluto! It’s as if one day it was one of the nine and the next day it wasn’t......

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01
Oct 2018
Back in the Day: Our Daily Bread

I have a question for you: Do people have it easier or harder today than 50-60 years ago? If you answer was easier, then you may be thinking something like: We have air conditioning. Back in the day air conditioning meant opening a window. We have cell phones. Back in the day we had to be good at  hollerin’. We even had contests to see who could holler the best. Today we have GPS. Back in the day GPS meant a compass and a paper map. Today we have spell check and......

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