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Rethinking Legacy

The word "legacy" brings to mind the monetary and material gifts which testators normally leave behind to their chosen beneficiaries in their wills. It rarely occurs to us that a more meaningful legacy consists of the intangible gifts or footprints of the soul which are often etched for a lifetime on the hearts of the bereaved. Examples would be a mother's smile, an aunt's hospitality or a best friend's words of encouragement and good cheer.

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Notre Dame's Cross

This time of year, Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of the Son of God. We talk about the cross and the symbolism it holds. But it's not the cross that holds the power. No. It's the man who overcame the cross.

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Have You Been Stifled?

In the hit TV comedy series Archie Bunker, one of Archie's famous lines was "Will you stifle yourself!" The Cambridge dictionary defines "stifle" in part as: "to prevent something from happening, being expressed, or continuing...." I'd like to talk about the "being expressed" part. Whether in word or deed, we as God's children are expressionists by nature.

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Major Elements of the Christian Marriage Union and How to Avoid Shipwreck

It is a secret to no one that marriage among Christians and in this society is in shambles. It is a shipwreck. Your average minister has gotten to the point they just throw their hands in the air and give up; they either don't talk about marriage often, since it's so appallingly painful to bring up, or they lower the standards immensely, so we can feel good about ourselves.

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Reaffirming Marriage in Today's Divorce Culture

Whether a celebrity couple announces the news of their divorce as did Jeff Bezos with the touching tweet, "If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again," or the joint statement by Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston that the breakup was, "mutual and lovingly made," the fact remains that a sacred oath and tie has been broken, and sadness and disappointment are inevitable.

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To Err is Human

For the last two years, all eyes have been on Washington as former decorated Marine and FBI agent, Robert Mueller, investigated claims that the current U.S. President may have colluded with a foreign power to rise to the highest power in the land, that of the President of these United States. At the end of March, Attorney General William Barr released a letter saying his read of the Mueller Report showed no collusion on the part of the President, and just last week, AG Barr confirmed what the President has been saying for months – that his privacy was violated by "someone" spying on his campaign.

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How Reality TV Messes with Our Take on Reality

One woman, using her celebrity influence, recently dared to speak out against the body shaming trend which has come to dominate our image-obsessed popular culture. American singer, Demi Lovato, responded to a journalist's online comments that she had a "fuller figure" with the perfect retort – "I am more than my weight." The "more" that she is referring to could arguably mean so many things such as "I am successful," "I am loved," "I am happy."

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Nurturing the Will to Live in a Culture of Death

As if death by natural causes was not enough of a challenge, we are now living in a culture of death where death by unnatural causes, such as murder, euthanasia and suicide, is on the rise. Why is life being viewed in such a fashion that many feel it can be taken so casually? What's app now has a "suicide challenge game" which targets the young. Yet, flirting with death is not a game, and should never be viewed as such.

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What If I...

The song "What If I Gave Everything" by Casting Crowns asks a very simple question, followed by a very truthful answer. "So why am I still standing here? So afraid what it might cost to follow You."

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But the Words are Already Out There!

Everywhere we turn our senses are assaulted with negative this and bad that. I've actually curtailed several posts just because I don't want to add to the din of hate that seems to have encompassed our society. This week alone, the mainstream media has been awash with more accusations and innuendo because nobody liked the outcome of Attorney General Barr's memo on Special Council Mueller's report, regardless of legal precedent.

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Worship with Emotion

Emotions are funny things. I remember a young me wondering why so many "old people" cried so easily, especially at graduations or church services. After all, I was an active duty, enlisted Marine.

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Nudity in the Public Domain

The American actress, Jessica Biel, recently gave voice to a view which many women probably wish they had the courage to share. Speaking of her fashion choices when she was younger, she stated, "I wish I would've explored some different shapes, and not gone sexy all the time."