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Before You Boycott

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{originally published in 2012} It seems to be an ongoing trend for some Christian organizations to promote the idea that all good Christians will boycott certain business establishments because of their business policies regarding political and social issues in society. This is a great idea.  But, I really think we need to go all the […]

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Surprise Ending

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baseball, ty cobb, dr. tim kimmel, family matters, grace based

“I want you to tell others that they should not wait until a crisis comes to learn how to pray,” the dying man said.   Good advice, but it came from an unlikely convert: Ty Cobb, maybe the greatest player in baseball history; certainly the meanest and most fearless. Cobb came from a respectable but […]

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REACH, Edy Sutherland, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters Blog, Encouragement, Grace Based Parenting

  I ski up mountains. I know, you might ask “Who does that?” I do. It’s an opportunity to physically exhaust myself in order to strengthen my resolve to be a true disciple of Jesus. You see, I’m naturally self-focused and pride-filled (Jeremiah 17:9). Maybe this resonates with you?   On my latest climb up […]

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A Child for All Seasons

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A cute elderly couple in matching Christmas sweaters stepped aside so that my family could slip into the pew to their left. Their Santa Claus hats seemed a bit much for a Christmas Eve candlelight service, but it was the season. Just about everything that could be decorated gets decorated during this time of year, […]

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