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WELL DONE, JOHN ORFINO

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John Orfino enjoyed his first breath of heavenly air in the early afternoon of June 18, 2018. What a welcome relief after his thirty-six month long war with ALS. He finished his course. He – and his loved ones – fought the good fight, together. John couldn’t beat the odds against a cruel disease he did nothing to deserve, but he never quit on his faith in Jesus. And he would say to anyone facing their own life and death struggle – hold on to Jesus, fight for life every single day you have breath, and hold your loved ones close even if you can’t touch them. ALS Does’t Have Me, Jesus Does (June 2015) John Orfino showed up at…

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23 LIFE GIVING STATEMENTS YOU NEED TO HEAR

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The truth is, everyone faces lies. Everyone. The strong. The depressed. Believers. Pastors. “Despite the countless instances I’ve witnessed the power of the Lord – I find myself encountering other head spaces that are filled with lies from the enemy.” Allison Daniels Can you relate to Allison? Truth is life giving. 23 Life Giving Statements You Need To Hear 1. Your struggle is not your identity. You are more than your circumstances. 2. Death or despair do not mean your life is over. “God will restore you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (Reclaim The Roar) 3. When your prayers feel unanswered or your soul feels abandoned, God is closer than you know. “When you pass through the waters I will be with you….

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IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD

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Judith Viorst is the author of the incredible book for children – Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day. She also wrote If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries. If I Were in Charge Imagine the voice of a 5 or 6 year old when you read the following lines: If I were in charge of the world I’d cancel oatmeal, Monday mornings, Allergy shots. If I were in charge of the world There’d be brighter night lights Healthier hamsters Basketball baskets 48” lower. If I were in charge of the world You wouldn’t have lonely You wouldn’t have clean And you wouldn’t have bedtimes Or “Don’t punch your sister.” You wouldn’t even have…

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AN OPEN LETTER TO DADS

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She was blond and beautiful, with azure eyes and a tumble of tawny curls. At three years of age, she would climb into her daddy’s lap, snuggle up with a wide, satisfied smile, and purr, “This is my safe place!” And so it was. A SAFE PLACE Dads, husbands, YOU are the “safe place.” You are our protector and provider. And when you gather us for a time with God, we need a safe place. A safe place, not a lecture. A safe place, not a sermon. A very human dad/husband who simply cares about God and us. We don’t need or even want a “spiritual giant.” We just want you. And we need a gathering time where it’s safe…

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3 INSPIRING READS FOR YOUR SUMMER

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Summer’s here and the reading is easy. Here’s three good one’s to chill with. Keep Climbing The 29,035-foot giant known as Mount Everest tortures its challengers with life-threatening conditions such as 100 mph winds, the dramatic loss of oxygen, snowstorms, and deadly avalanches. Climbers of Everest are faced with incredible dangers. For Sean Swarner the obstacles he overcame prior to his summiting make his story even more compelling. Sean isn’t just a cancer survivor; he is truly a medical marvel. He is the only person in the world ever to have been diagnosed with both Hodgkin’s disease and Askin’s sarcoma. Diagnosed in the fourth and final stage of Hodgkin’s disease at the age of thirteen, doctors expected him to live…

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A MOMENT OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

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Love. It’s an overused word. We love everything from Peanut Buster Parfaits to our best friend. Love is overused and perhaps underrated – and definitely underutilized. Love is the greatest. Or so says the Bible. And people who have experienced a good dose of the unconditional kind of love. About To Die Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross is one of the outstanding psychiatrists in the world. From her, physicians and pastors have all come to learn the various stages which each of us go through when we are told we are about to die. Dr. Kubler-Ross meets with AIDS patients who are dying. She couldn’t help but notice the face of a man who would attract anyone. He had disintegrated with the…

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KATE SPADE’S DEATH STUNS THE WORLD

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Bright. Vibrant. Colorful. And, most essentially, fun. The same words used so often to describe the enormously popular handbags designed by Kate Spade were an apt description of the woman herself. And that only contributed to the sense of shock and loss upon hearing the news that Spade had taken her own life at 55. Shocked. Stunned. Saddened. Women around the world – from Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump, to women in Europe shopping for a Kate Spade product –  were stunned to hear that Kate was gone. Fern Mallis, former director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), noted that the devastating news of Spade’s death came just the morning after virtually the entire New York fashion industry…

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WRITING IS LIKE A MARATHON OF HOPE

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Marathons take energy, focus, stamina and work. Grueling work. So does writing. My wife Jocelyn had this crazy idea that WE should run a marathon. In 2007, in our mid-50’s we followed Forrest Gump’s lead, started running and never looked back. Marathons Over the next ten months we ran thousands of kilometers in training. Up hills. Down hills. Snow. Rain. Heat. Thirst and hunger. Yes, hunger is a constant companion of marathoners. Energy bars, water, good shoes, dry socks, perseverance and endurance are a marathoner’s greatest assets. Plus being a little crazy. After 10-mile and Half-marathon races for practice, Jocelyn and I completed all 42.3kms of the International Marathon in Niagara Falls, Ontario – October 2007. We crossed the finish…

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CONNECTING YOUR WORK TO GOD’S WORK

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Its Monday and you’re off to work. Are you already counting the days until TGIF? If you are, maybe you need a new job. Or a new perspective. In the beginning God worked. The best-selling book in the world begins talking about work as soon as it begins talking about anything – that is how important and basic work is. Work And Life Genesis describes God’s creation of the world as work. And the creation of the cosmos is recorded within a regular workweek of seven days. And then Genesis shows us human beings working in paradise. “Work is as much a basic human need as food, beauty, rest, friendship, prayer, and sexuality; it is not simply medicine but food…

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9 REASONS ISRAEL SHOULD BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST

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Israel is where east meets west; where the ancient collides with the modern. Jerusalem is the city of Gold, just 3,000 years young and a melting pot of culture. Is a trip to the Holy Land resting gentle on your mind if not on your Bucket list? 9 Reasons Israel Should Be On Your Bucket List 1. Go in 2019. I was six decades into my life before I visited Israel.  Don’t wait that long. The very existence of Israel is reason enough to experience it. Its very survival is testament to its uniqueness. 2. Jerusalem is the center of the world. The city hosts the most sacred site of the world’s three major religions – Mount Moriah. It was here Abraham…

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