“Secret O’ Life”

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I recently got to go see James Taylor in concert.  Yes, it was amazing.  I have long admired his guitar playing and songwriting skills.  Luck would have it he opened up with one of my favorite songs of his, “Secret O’ Life”.  As I get older I find myself often getting mehlencoly.  I think about how my kids have already grown up and how fast time seems to be flying.  This song is a great antidote so I thought I would share the lyrics with you all….

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Our Lives are Stories

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If you want to get to know someone, you need to know 

their story. Their life is a story. It, too, has a past and a future. It, too, unfolds in a series of scenes over the course of time. Why is Grandfather so silent? Why does he drink too much? Well, let me tell you.


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Meet Paul Rapley

Paul Rapley is a ten year cancer-survivor who now has a passion to see others healed.


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Thankful for the Church

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Why am I Thankful for the Church?
 
I’m focusing on why I’m thankful for the  church. Without it, I wouldn’t be who I am today. How about you?

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Choose to Live your Dreams

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“We are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Galatians 6:5 NLT, second edition)

People deal with their dreams in one of three ways. They accuse, they excuse, or they choose. 


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Jesus Died of a Broken Heart

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“That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all — was put to death and then made alive — to bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18 MSG). 

Easter celebrates an event that proved Jesus was who he claimed to be. He was God in the flesh, and he came to Earth to save us. And that meant he had to die for us.


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A Blue Rose

 
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It’s important to notice others – especially when they’re special.

Special can however mean a variety of things. This story is testament to that.

It was an ordinary day at the store for one mother and her mentally challenged son. But when a perfect stranger takes the time to speak to the teenage son, it becomes a very special day for everyone. A day they would never forget.


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Wrap Me Warm

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Please take a moment and read this real life story written by my cousin Laura Rundell.  It is sure to encourage and warm your heart, especially in difficult times. 
 
“When you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away. You’re not alone, stop holding on, and just be held.”  Casting Crowns
 
“Wrap me warm,” my three-year-old Johnny cries whenever he gets out of the car on a cold day, knowing we will hold him and pull him in closer with our arms to feel secure, to feel sheltered, to feel comfort.


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It’s Not About Changing Your Mate

 
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Hint: It’s Not About Changing Your Mate

Is your marriage on the rocks? Do you often find yourself wondering, “If only she would just be more affectionate” or, “If only he would clean up after himself” or “If only she would take more initiative” then our marriage would work?  


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Legalism is a disease

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“I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.” (Philippians 3:9 NLT)

You can’t earn God’s approval. You can’t earn his love. You can’t earn his recognition. God is love, and he loves you unconditionally. If you want to be a happy person, you need to relax in God’s grace every day.


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