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CHRISTIAN’S VIEW OF ORIGIN WITHOUT A CREATOR

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Watching TED talks while savoring scrambled eggs is a favorite change of pace for me on Saturday mornings. David Christian’s TED talk – Origin Story – had a tasty irony to it as he compared the impossibility of unscrambling eggs to the origin of the Universe. David Christian is famous for his rationale of creation without a Creator. On May 22nd, his latest book was released – Origin Story – outlining a big history of everything from nothing. Bill Gates recommended Origin Story in his 5 Books Worth Reading Summer 2018. The History Of Our World In 18 Minutes Christian explains: 1. We know in our heart of hearts that the Universe does not travel from mush to complexity. The…

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FROM BROKEN TO BETTER THAN NEW

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Most normal repairs of broken things hide themselves, like nicely sealed super glue fixes. The usual intent is simply to make something “as good as new.” Yet the art of Kintsugi reinforces a profound belief that the repair can make things better than new. Better than new. Soak that in for a moment. Broken Things An ancient practice called Kintsugi – meaning “to patch with gold” – is an age-old custom of repairing cracked pottery with real gold. Through turning what is broken into beautiful, cherished pieces, by sealing the cracks and crevices with lines of fine gold. Instead of hiding the flaws, Kintsugi artists highlight them, creating a whole new design and bringing unique beauty to the original piece and greatly…

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13 THINGS TO STOP DOING TO YOUR MARRIAGE

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I’ve been counseling couples for 38 years – just one year less than the number of years my wife has been reminding me that I am a lucky man. Here are 13 things to stop that can be the start of something fantastic for your marriage. 1. STOP talking to improve your communication. Start listening. Your mother told you that God gave you one mouth and two ears for a purpose. Use your ears…and your heart to hear each other. 2. STOP bringing the worst out in your spouse – that’s too easy. Its a husband’s responsibility to bring the best out in his wife. Husbands accomplish that by helping their wives get what they want, as long as it…

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64 INSIGHTS FROM 64 YEARS OF LIVING

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Four years ago I started to record insights from life on my birthday. Number sixty-four is at the bottom of this post. 64 Insights 1. Looking forwards – life is a marathon. 2. Looking back – life is a sprint. 3. No reserves, no retreats, no regrets. 4. Fight the good fight of faith. 5. Don’t worry about anything. 6. Pray about everything. 7. The supernatural peace of God passes all natural understanding. 8. Peace will keep your heart and mind, quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. 9. A sister is like a rose that never fades. 10. Sons are an awesome gift from God. Daughter-in-laws are too!! 11. Grandchildren are life’s greatest joy! Now we…

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GOD SENT ME TO PRISON: RENA’S STORY

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My husband, Wayne, has been transferred numerous times over the course of his career. At last count, we had been relocated twenty-one times. It’s my contention, that should Wayne lose his job in the power industry, our experience in moving would put us in good stead for a career with Two Men and A Truck. (I’d be the unidentified female in the background, adept at packing boxes!!) One of Wayne’s work assignments took us to Perth, Australia. It was while we were there, that God sent me to prison. (Yes, I’m blaming God! I can’t account for this any other way.) It wasn’t because I’d committed a crime that I found myself in jail, but because of a story that…

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WHEN FEAR PICKED A FIGHT WITH THE WRONG GUY

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I never thought life would lead me to this moment in a million years. Ours was the “perfect” life. My wife walked with amazing courage and an attitude void of fear as she battled strokes and years later, cancer. When Heroes Fall But deep inside, like all of us, doubt and fear would creep in. My wife’s life was about to end. The courage and fearless fortitude it must have taken to accept her death and then to take her final breath is beyond my understanding. My wife was, and still is my hero. The fearless love we shared makes me stronger when I see her in that light. I look at what I had in life, and not what…

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THE POWER OF 2ND CHANCES: THE KELLYS’ STORY

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2nd chances are a gift from God. His 20-year marriage had just ended. Rick didn’t expect to see anything positive from the ordeal. Her 25-year marriage also ended in divorce. Jan’s expectations of the future were few in number and a “happily-ever-after” wasn’t one of them. Jan jokes that the end of her marriage was her fault. “I couldn’t get along with my husband’s girlfriend – even though she was my best friend!” Rick was worried about the legal costs and shared custody of his young daughter. He hit rock bottom. A GODWINK When a friend shared that there’s hope through faith in Jesus Christ, Rick accepted Jesus into his life and started to attend church. It was no coincidence…

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LEARNING TO TALK GOD

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You’ve got to learn to talk God. Not talk “to” God, but talk God. Talking God Talking God is a bit like Dory learning to “talk whale” in Finding Nemo – the difference is, talking God works. God has a language all His own. The same words are used in talking God as are used in English or French or Italian but they have a different meaning. For instance, God told Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit of the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil they would die. They ate the fruit but they didn’t die. But they did die. Jesus came, he said, to set up His kingdom. His disciples understood he meant overthrowing…

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THROUGH A MOTHER’S EYES

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Here’s to all the mothers who’ve endured sports they don’t enjoy (or fully understand), hard seats and dirty cleats, frozen hands and numbed cheeks, aches and pains and grassy stains, just to be with a son or daughter in the arena of competition. Mothers: they see life through biased eyes. Jocelyn is a mom of two sons. She never cared too much for sports before she had boys and then she couldn’t care enough as they grew into athletes. She learned to cheer for CJFL/CIS/NHL/NCAA/CFL/MLB teams that some other mothers’ sons played for, only because they were her son’s favourite teams. Long after they left home she was still cheering. Mother’s Day Fights It was a Mother’s Day Sunday night;…

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THE FREEDOM OF COMMITMENT

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Commitment will set you free. Does that sound counter-intuitive? If it does you’re not alone. In fact, at one time I thought of commitment as the antithesis of freedom. FREEDOM Now, when I think about my life, I see the commitments I’ve made freed me to become the person I am today. I realize that I couldn’t have followed through on the really hard things I’ve done without deep commitment. There would be no University degree in Mathematics or a graduation from Bible College. I couldn’t have gotten married and certainly not become a parent. I couldn’t have become a pastor. And there is no way under heaven’s blue sky that I could have helped relocate Central Tabernacle to where…

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