Category Archives: influence

20/20 Vision

I used to think 20/20 vision was perfect vision and one could not get any better than that.  Such is not the case.  20/20 vision is considered average or normal vision.  Someone with 20/20 vision is able to see from … Continue reading

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The Stony Ground

I was in junior high school when our school burned. The night sky glowed red from the flames and could be seen from miles away. The school was rebuilt in another location and I graduated in a new school.  In … Continue reading

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Be A Man

I suppose our society is struggling with the idea of manhood now more than ever.  What is your definition of manliness?  What is your description of a real man?  Is it the idea of the Marlboro man of the cigarette … Continue reading

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Final Words

What would you talk about if you knew the conversation with a loved one would be your last on this side of eternity?  Discussions such as these are not about frivolous things.  These conversations are about the important things, the … Continue reading

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I enjoy a good magic trick.  The magician can fool us with a sleight of hand.  He makes us think we have seen something that in fact did not happen. Today is April Fool’s Day.  This is a day usually … Continue reading

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The One Word

We all know people who talk a lot and some who are relatively quiet, speaking very little. How would your friends describe you?  How many words do you suppose you speak each day?  According to a recent study the average … Continue reading

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Don’t Stop Here

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Matthew 5:16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. I have written before about the effect of a … Continue reading

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Family Heritage

If I were to mention the names Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, you might not immediately think family heritage. There is a strong case for that very thing. It can even be extended to Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh, and … Continue reading

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10 Directives to Dads

A study of the 6th chapter of Deuteronomy is a wonderful text for fathers.  The statements of “You shall” or “You shall not” comprise a list of 10 directives to Dads.  I have them marked in my Bible. You shall … Continue reading

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Mothers Serve

Mothers are often in the background.  They rarely find their name in lights.  Yet their influence spans across generations.  The old adage “the hands that rock the cradle rule the world” is true. There are many mothers named in the … Continue reading

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