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    The origins of what we in America call football can be traced back to the Middle Ages when opposing teams would kick around the cranium of a dead person. Mercifully, by the 1400s, skulls had been replaced by inflated swine bladders. Thus, the often used nickname for a football; pigskin. On November 8, 1869, the first intercollegiate football […]

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One Wooden Plank At A Time

You are in a group that is hiking through the woods on a footpath and you come upon an aerial rope bridge that spans a ravine. The bridge looks old and rickety and you are leery to cross it, but the only way across to the other side is this bridge. The people in your group look at one another, […]

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The Low Places

Life is full of highs and lows. In 1979, my college football team experienced both. In the third game of the season, we scored 17 points in the last 75 seconds of the game to win 28-24, in probably the biggest comeback in school history. Then in what turned out to be the last game of the season, in the […]

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Four Fingers

After a long day, a full day, you probably find yourself tired, out of energy, and ready for a good night’s sleep. And the older we become, while our minds tell us we can keep going, our bodies simply say “no.” Not only do our daily routines wear us out, we also at times face life situations that use up […]

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If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…

We have all heard stories or been invited to participate in things that just have sounded too good to be true. There is a lot of truth in the old adage that “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is (too good to be true).” Throughout the ages there have been many “get rich quick” schemes […]

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Watch Out For The Shark!

In the summer of 1975, the movie Jaws was released and to this day, some forty one years later, that movie is still in the minds of many Americans. This movie is a classic motion picture in the thriller genre. Who can forget the movie trailer showing the shark’s jaws coming toward you out of the water or the movie […]

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A Hike Up The Mountain

Imagine yourself hiking up Mount Whitney, the tallest summit in the contiguous United States. This mountain peak is part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is located in the Sequoia National Park in California with an elevation of 14,505 feet. As tall as this mountain is, it is only the 12th highest peak in the United States. There are […]

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The Fire And Scintillation Of A Diamond

What makes diamonds so beautiful? You probably know the four characteristics of diamonds – carat, cut, color, clarity. While all of those characteristics make a diamond valuable, it is the cut that gives it that brilliance, that sparkle, that beauty that is so appealing. A well cut diamond improves the stone’s ability to transmit light, giving it a rainbow of […]

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Happily Ever After

We spend a lot of time telling you that God is your anchor and your safe haven in times of trouble. And he most definitely is! We continually say to put all your faith and trust in Jesus. We love it when we run to Him and find safety and we find rest and answers to our struggles. But what […]

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Don’t Just Wish For Strength

If you are like many Americans, after a long day at work or school you drag yourself home and change your clothes and head off to the gym or fitness center to work out. You might focus on cardio or weight training. Maybe you listen to your iPod while you use the elliptical machine or run on the treadmill. You […]

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