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Make Me a Blessing. What’s That?

On our last trip to Israel, my wife and I joined a Jewish family for their weekly Shabbat dinner in Jerusalem. I’ll never forget the emotional moment during the Shabbat meal when the father and mother took turns taking each of their children’s faces in their hands, looking into their eyes, and blessed them with

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A Spiritual Lesson from the World’s Oldest Tree

Several years ago I visited the Greek island of Crete where I saw what is considered the oldest tree on earth—an olive tree. It’s estimated to be 3,000 years old and is still producing olives. Later, Phyllis, my wife, and I visited the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem where we saw olive trees believed to

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3 Reasons to be SILENT in the Face of Pain.

3 Reasons to be SILENT in the Face of Pain. Minutes after my sweet mother passed away, her pastor called to let me know Mama unexpectedly died from a stroke. I caught the first plane home. A large crowd had gathered in Mama’s living room. As I was about to enter, I remember thinking, “The

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Faith and Forgiveness. Confusing

Faith and Forgiveness. Confusing Sandy dropped out of church completely and no one knew why. Her friends called and tried to find out what was going on. After three months of hearing a string of vague excuses for her absence, they asked me, her pastor, to check on her. I called her repeatedly, but when

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Who Is On Your Mean-the-Most List?

Who Is On Your Mean-the-Most List? Some people picture God as the super-policeman of the universe who keeps his supernatural eye on his human creatures, hoping to catch them doing something wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. Over thousands of years, the many authors of the Bible observed God’s acts and attitude towards

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Popular TV Commercial – Can You Believe it?

Have you seen the popular TV commercial about calming vests for dogs with anxiety issues? After seeing this curious spot, my wife and novelist, Phyllis Clark Nichols, shared some laughable and helpful spiritual insights in her brief blog “Troubled or Tranquil? That is the question!” You’ve got to read this one.    

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