Want to survive tough times? Buy Ketchup.

As always, we live in difficult times. The fact that times are always the best of times and the worst of times does not make the worst any better for us. Sure our grandparents or great-grandparents beat Hitler, but that is not our problem. Our worries are worrisome now and we need help. Thankfully, my [Read More…]

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Our Duty: Find our Place, Do Our Duty (Shakespeare’s Coriolanus)

Nothing is worse than when the rich oppress the poor except, perhaps, when the poor revolt and murder for justice. Oppression and revolution are both ugly. America has a ruling oligarchy too content in power, but also a rising underclass full of envy and ill considered anger. Nobody is right and everybody is wrong. We [Read More…]

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Be Content, Know My Place, Avoid a Lust for Power (Macbeth)

God exalts the humble and Satan tempts us with the kingdoms of this world. American self-help or business books may not like this truth, but true it is nonetheless. We are eternal beings and striving, coveting, lusting after place and position will destroy us. In this Presidential year, when we are apt to judge the [Read More…]

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It is April 15: It can be a good day.

Today your taxes are due. Yesterday in 1865 Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Last night in 1912 the good ship RMS Titanic sank with hundreds of souls. What do you do the day after a bad day? Most of us have them, but what comes next? The day after a very bad day is hard, but [Read More…]

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Be Calm, But Don’t Carry On: Three Rules for the Gentleperson on the RMS Titanic of Life

Life, like the RMS Titanic, is quite wonderful, though not equally so for all of us. Beauty is all around, yet the marvelous voyage ends in the cold waters of death. Nobody “wins” at life and so preparing for the final challenge is essential. You don’t want to be a coward and leave behind a [Read More…]

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Head and Heart: Blend Both and then Use Your Hands to Act

Whether you watch the movie Metropolis or read Republic or simply sit with the Psalms, recall that you can be wounded in your heart or your head. Both wounds matter. God designed both your heart and your head to give you direction and being disabled either place is dangerous. Take time to get better. We cannot live [Read More…]

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The Best Time to Be Alive Is Now

Jesus is Lord. That is true today. It was true the day they crucified the Lord. When we look at the “news” we are looking at the parts of the story that history will most often forget. Nobody much recalls who was the most popular court celebrity in the days of Caesar Augustus, but everyone [Read More…]

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Misunderstood, but not by God

Motives are mixed because in people that’ s what motives do: they confuse themselves and work out in all kinds of actions. Probably the best way to stop God’s work is to sit down and wonder why one is doing what one is doing. Who can be sure? Sometimes we sit doing nothing, examining our hearts [Read More…]

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Unafraid of Risk Without Being a Lunatic

A wonderful side of living motivated by love is being unafraid of risk without becoming a lunatic. I watched my Mom and Dad model sane risk taking based in their love for each other, us, and for the people they were serving. Some interesting and wonderful people stayed with us and my brother and I, [Read More…]

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Love God and Do What You You Will

Between the state of the Presidential race and a world where a pastor is crucified on Good Friday, one could be . . . anxious. It is never good to act from anxiety. How do I know? Believe me. I know. How can I avoid doing things out of anxiety? This happens when I am [Read More…]

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