Carty’s Contemporary Classics: Grand Canyon Jump, Basketball Diaries & God’s Mercy

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[display_podcast]We tend to gauge who gets into heaven similarly to hitting in major league baseball.  No one even hopes to bat a 1.000 batting average because it’s impossible.  So, since it’s impossible, the standard for who is “good”, who is “great” and who is “horrible” is simply based on whoever has the higher or lower batting averages.  So, if you’re much, MUCH better than everyone else, you bust be alright.But that’s not Biblical.Or try this word picture:  Only 10’s go to heaven … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 50: Four in the Morning Memories

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[display_podcast] “…It’s four in the morning, I’m lying in bedA tape of my failures playing inside my headIt’s heartaches and hard knocks and things I don’t knowI listen and I wonder where will it go”-       Garth Brooks, “When There’s No One Around” Like the song says, even when we’re in the midst of an “everything’s okay” season of our lives, there are still moments when we’re struck with the memories heartaches, hard knocks and mistakes we’ve made.  People we may have hurt.  … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 27: If I Had Only One Key

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[display_podcast]Luann was thinking of leaving…she’d had it.  Her husband Frank was a control freak.  He was always on her kids about something. When she tried to step in, he would yell at her, in front of her kids.  She never knew what would set him off.  Sometimes he was great but then he would change, like a light switch turned off, and he would be mad about something yet again.  Her daughter didn’t act right or her son has a bad attitude or one of them didn’t do their chore perfectly or w … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 49: Ripples from a Pebble

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[display_podcast]When I was a boy, my dad and I would sit in front of the TV and watch the show Kung Fu starring David Carradine. In each episode, Carradine’s Kwai Chang Caine would often flash back to his days as a boy under the tutelage of Master Po who would teach young Caine life’s greatest lessons.One such lesson came from dropping a tiny pebble into a barrel of water. How could it be that such a speck of a pebble could send such large ripples throughout the entire barrel?Master … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 48: Receiving Criticism

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[display_podcast]Dad and I are horrible golfers.  I mean terrible.  The words “stupendously dreadful” don’t come close to describing the damage we do to a golf course and a scorecard any given weekend.  Therefore, we’re taking lessons.  Each week, we place ourselves under the tutelage of our respected local golf pro.Now, you’d think that with as high of a scorecard that we tally up each time we hit the links, it would be easy for us to adhere to the instructor’s advice.  However, often th … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 25: The Gift of Sex

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[display_podcast]Sex is a “hot” topic, but among some couples, it’s a subject they evade.  The way we view sex can determine whether we are fulfilled in it or avoiding it.  If we were injured in this area as a child, it may be more difficult to enjoy a healthy relationship as an adult.  Allowing pornography into the mix can also hinder an intimate relationship with our partner.  Also, do we feel loved and appreciated by our spouse most of the time or so we feel noticed just when they want som … [Read more...]


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