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12
Mar
2018

Are you happy?

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I was flying to Canada one autumn to speak at a college. I was on a British carrier that had a lot of Europeans on board. The computer that selected my seat had placed me next to a husband and wife in their mid-fifties. They were a Jewish couple from England who had been vacationing […]

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27
Dec
2017

Five, four, three, two, one, Happy New Year!  Strains of “Auld Lang Syne” came over the loud speakers as the ball at Time Square finally reached the bottom of its drop.  At that precise moment, millions of people, taking their cue from Dick Clark, started to dance and make noise all over the land. But […]

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13
Dec
2017

God With Us

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New Years Eve.  1983. Central Tennessee.  It had been a silent night.  It was a quiet dawn.  Morning’s first rays slipped across the living room floor and climbed up the Christmas tree.  Prisms flashed from crystal ornaments and bathed the room in rainbows.  The Madonna stared down at her baby in the nativity scene hanging […]

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Merry Christmas, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Jesus Christ

If you were asked to throw out words to describe your feelings about Christmas, “broken plans” and “paradoxes” probably wouldn’t make your list. But they’d be at the top of it if you were Mary and Joseph. In the countdown to your wedding, your supposedly “virgin” fiancé tells you she’s pregnant and has the gall […]

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This post is an excerpt from the book Basic Training for a Few Good Men, by Dr. Tim Kimmel. ******************************************************************************************** I stood on the edge of the floating memorial spanning the deck of the USS Arizona and tried to imagine how horrifying it must have been that Sunday morning back in 1941 when the Japanese fighter […]

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17
May
2017

Q: This grace-based, grace-filled relationships concept sounds good and well if you are gentle-tempered (like you, Tim), but how do you have a good argument in the grace-based model if you are prone to discuss your point or position in a fairly loud manner i.e. yelling and raising your voice? A: There is nothing in […]

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The late David Foster Wallace is famous for the following anecdote: There were two young fish swimming side-by-side in the ocean. An older, seasoned fish came swimming towards them from the opposite direction. As he passed, he asked, “How’s the water?” and then swam on. The two young fish glided along for a while and […]

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22
Dec
2016
Family Matters

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and […]

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05
Dec
2016

A Comma Called Christmas

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Merry Christmas, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Jesus Christ

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. Isaiah 9:2   December serves as the sunset month of another year; the dusk before the dawn of a fresh calendar. It’s always been ironic to me that our sovereign […]

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Freedom, Election, Christian, Religion, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Thanksgiving, Therapy

By Dr. Tim Kimmel We just finished one of the most contentious political seasons in most people’s memory. It was a reminder that politics often requires us to hold our nose when we vote. But because of the emotionally charged issues on both sides of the political debate, many families find themselves deeply divided. Siblings […]

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