Yet

Sometimes in life the best gifts come in small packages. Whether it is a tiny gift envelope stuffed with cash or the tiny bundle of a newborn baby, sometimes the greatest gifts are quite small. It is true with our English language, too. One of the most powerful words in the English dictionary is the […]

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A strange melancholy

Have you ever felt a strange melancholy in your soul when things around you were good and your favorable circumstances did not seem to warrant that emotion? Alexis De Tocqueville, the French political scientist and cultural analyst who lived shortly after the American Revolutionary War, said that there is a “strange melancholy” that can sometimes […]

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The Happy Warrior

Are you a Happy Warrior? After all that you have experienced in your personal and professional life, and amid the fears and uncertainties of our present world, is there still music in your heart and fire in your bones as you engage in your calling and vocation? In John 14, Jesus modeled the heart and […]

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Not trapped in yesterday

You would never know it is winter in Los Angeles. The leaves have barely changed colors, the temperature is in the 80s, and everyone around me is still in yoga pants or shorts. And yet it’s officially winter—the calendar told me so. Sometimes the seasons of our lives are like that too. The season has […]

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Identifying with Princess Leia

Nearly every great adventure film has a scene where the hero/heroine grabs a rope and swings across a dangerous chasm. They are usually running for their life, with their enemy bearing down upon them, and yet they still find a way to look beautiful while they dodge bullets and float gracefully to the other side. […]

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