Hard work mistaken for talent

One of several books that I have  been perusing recently is Erwin McManus’ 2014 The Artisan Soul, wherein Erwin beautifully describes the interplay between hard work and talent. He writes: “Eventually art becomes craft. The combination of talent and passion funneled through the crucible of discipline and determination resulted in an expression of skill and […]

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Your top three words

Three words can sure say a lot. Especially if they are clarifying words that follow a comma. Examples: “She is my mother, an amazing lady.” “It’s my hometown, glad I left.” “They’re serving Thai food, my favorite kind.” A simple post-comma, three-word supplement can change the entire emphasis of a sentence. Consider the list of […]

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What instinctive reactions tell us

Reflex is a great revealer of the deeper layers of the heart. My calculated responses are one thing; my gut reactions are another. Anyone can choose to be gracious or humble or kind, and to present certain appearances if they are given enough warning. However, the people who are truly gracious and humble and kind […]

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Jesus as WAY not just TRUTH

Do you ever forget that Jesus is Way and not just Truth? Sometimes I think we forget that He is both. Jesus called Himself “The Way, the Truth, and the Life” and I think we do a pretty good with the Truth part. Most people who are familiar with the teachings of the church grasp […]

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Knight’s Code of Honor

In our recent men’s retreat there was much talk of honor, gallantry, and living as noble, courageous men of God. It got me thinking of the literal knights’ code of honor from the Middle Ages. This code continues to stir my own soul so I wanted to pass it on to all of you. Enjoy! To never […]

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