Monthly archive for January 2018

Words Have Power

Words Have Power

When you think of libraries, you probably think of books and that would be correct. If you think about the Library of Congress, then you would be partially correct. The Library of Congress contains many spectacular and remarkable collections—items from our nation’s history. There are things that retell the story of who we are and from where we have come. One of those one-of a-kind collections is related to Abraham Lincoln. It is the odd collection of items contained in Lincoln’s pockets on the night he and Mary attended the play at Ford’s Theater. That was to be the last night of his life. On that night, Lincoln was carrying in his pocket: Two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher. One pair of spectacles was broken and had been repaired with string wound around it to hold it together. A pocketknife – ivory inlaid with silver. A watch fob.

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Time Out For Tough Love

Time Out For Tough Love

Some of the best advice I’ve ever received was hard for the giver to give. I am ever grateful they provided helpful feedback that changed my perspective. They ultimately made me a better person. My choleric get it done personality can be impatient, overpowering and I’ll admit: tactless. Thank you to those who took me aside and showed me a better way. They taught me the need for compassion, listening and waiting on others. God makes us all unique. We need to embrace our strengths and work to improve our weaknesses. Over the years, I’ve learned I need help to identify my weaknesses. I’ve asked my friends, co-workers and those I lead to speak up when I’m headed down the wrong path. I need people in my life who will love me enough to suggest I take a “time-out” before I do or say something I will regret. Jesus was

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A Higher Love

A Higher Love

This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 JOHN 3:11  Most Christians, if they have been a believer for any length of time, know that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; and the second is like it—love your neighbor as yourself. However, Jesus says in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Whoa! This loving our neighbor as we love ourselves is hard enough, but Jesus is now saying to not just love like we love, but love like Jesus loves! John, who was in the room when Jesus revealed this new command, emphasizes it again in the verse above. This love is not a brotherly love, but an agapao love—a God-like love. It is a love that

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