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God's Don'ts

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My friends in Central Asia have a farm very close to the national border. To see over the border, you only need to cross the road on their boundary and walk up the edge of an irrigation canal. Then, on the other side, you'll see heavy barbed wire fences, an area set aside as 'no-man's-land', and beyond that the country next door. I was curious. I really wanted to have a l...

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Love Speaks All Languages

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I met Jackie, an energetic African American woman with sparkling eyes and an infectious laugh, on my recent holiday. Jackie serves in Afghanistan. It's dangerous work. She can't speak the language. Being a woman complicates matters more, but she loves her work. She overcomes, I suggested, because love speaks all languages. 'Oh, yes!', she said. And then she told me about h...

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For the Mothers in our lives.....

No two mothers are the same and nobody is perfect but we thank God for each and every one of you....

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How are you doing?

What’s your normal go-to when someone asks you "How’re you doing?"...

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

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Spotify Premium! Should I, or shouldn't I? That is the question. Spotify has been my 'go to' music streaming app for the past year or two. It's fine, except for all those annoying ads, with the volume twice the normal level, that keep interrupting my listening pleasure. Of course, it doesn't have to be this way. If I upgrade to Spotify Premium, then, for the low price of ...

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Makeover - Inside Out or Outside In

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Reality TV loves a good makeover. Contestants, who start the show as regular Joe's and Alice's - nice enough but lacking the X-Factor are transformed in a single day by on-trend style gurus. Things will never be the same again. Hair is coiffured. 'Target' is replaced with 'Sass Bide'. Subtle shades of makeup suddenly reveal latent beauty. Add the accessories and shazam ...

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Father, Why do you Read?

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An Anecdote from Ibrahim Sharifi A son noticed his father reading the Bible. He said, 'You are a poorly educated man. Why do you read, when you won't understand 95% of what you're reading?'. His father thought for five minutes, then walked to the kitchen and found a large black dirty colander that was used to carry charcoal for their kitchen fire. He gave it to his son a...

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Ball Tampering - And the Australian Way

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It was a minor news item on my phone. 'Australian cricketers caught ball tampering in South Africa'. 'No, that can't be right', I thought to myself, 'We don't do that sort of thing'. I read the article and it was true. I was aghast. What were they thinking? Why wasn't there more comment in other news feeds? It seems I caught an early report. Within hours, 'Australia caugh...

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Boot Camp

Boot Camp(noun): 1.a military training camp for new recruits, with very harsh discipline.2.a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training. This weekend Jonny and I, along with some of our young blokes, are away on the Penno Baps Boot Camp. Although it won't be military in discipline, still we hope for a weekend that is mentally, physically, and spiritually intensive ...

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Easter Greetings

'Merry Christmas', 'Season's Greetings': They're our most popular Christmas well wishes. I still baulk at the supposedly inoffensive 'Happy Holidays'. But what about Easter? What is this season's most appropriate greeting? Well, I've done a bit of research and there seems to be consensus. 'Happy Easter!' wins the prize. I don't know about you, but it's hardly inspiring. ...

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