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No Need To Stockpile

We are a society that likes to stockpile supplies. Why else do many of us have five loaves of bread in the freezer or enough peanut butter in the pantry for the next six months? And look under the sink in the bathroom and you might find a year’s worth of shampoo and toilet paper. We buy many things in […]

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The Fish That Got Away

We live in a society where truthfulness is no longer a prevailing principle that guides our lives. Stories are embellished, facts are changed, watered down, and even fabricated in order to make a point, win an argument, or stay out of trouble. Last year, an evening news anchor found himself in hot water for false reporting. Who would have thought […]

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Warning Light & Welcoming Light

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV) “For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD, my God lightens my darkness.” Psalm 18:28 (ESV) One of the benefits of living in eastern North Carolina is being in close proximity to the ocean and also to those beautiful structures so often […]

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The Dentist Chair

I went to the dentist yesterday for my semiannual appointment. During the checkup, the dental hygienist x-rayed my mouth, used a pick tool to scrape below my gum line to remove plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease and cavities, and she then cleaned and flossed my teeth. Throughout the checkup, she was checking the current condition of my mouth, […]

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No Pain, No Gain!

If you have ever played sports, or been a coach, you have heard or said the statement, “No pain, no gain.” The premise is that hard and painful preparation is rewarded by improved performance on game day. In other words, the price paid for excellence is pain; the pain of pushing yourself to, and sometimes past, your limits. Many athletes […]

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Your Life Story Will Make Splendid Reading

Think back to your childhood. One evening you and a friend were lying out in your backyard in the damp green grass looking up at the starlit night and dreaming about the lives that were ahead of you. You had visions for a wonderful life, filled with health, happiness, and prosperity. You had this idyllic view of your future, one […]

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Big Surf Breaks or Soft Gentle Waves

Whether it is low tide or high tide, whether there is a rip current or very little current, and whether the ocean water is very cold from the Labrador Current coming out of the Arctic Ocean or very warm from the Gulf Stream originating at the tip of Florida, one thing about the ocean is constant – while the water […]

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Where Do You Get Your Water From?

We don’t have to look too long or hard to find someone or something wanting to zap our energy, enthusiasm and excitement. Maybe it is that person at work who always is complaining or whining about the company, and they can find fault in every company policy and procedure. How about that neighbor who is just annoying and gets under […]

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Are You Kidding Me?

How do you respond when someone comes to you and says “I have a better way for you to (fill in the blank)?” Do you get defensive and think to yourself “Who made you the expert?” or do you take their advice as helpful? Sadly there are a lot of armchair quarterbacks out there who always seem to know the […]

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A Bigger Umbrella Does Not Work

In today’s culture, a word that gets thrown around is the word “peace,” most often used in the context of conflict or violence. It conjures up a picture of Hippies flashing peace signs as they protested the war, nations sitting down at a table to sign a peace accord (that will not last) to stop the fighting, someone being awarded […]

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