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Feast Week

I heard a radio announcer use a disturbing term this morning–”feast week.” We have a national holiday this Thursday…something that harkens to the earliest days of our nation. It was recognized in order for Americans to pause and give thanks for all God has done for them. Yet, this radio announcer’s remarks only echo what […]

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Clergy Appreciation Month

Besides cooler weather in the Panhandle and the approach of the holiday season, October marks an important reminder for Covenant Hospice employees and other community members. Clergy Appreciation Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in October (Oct. 14, 2012 this year), and October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month. According to the Occupational […]

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Don’t Lose Focus on a Pot-bellied Pig

Recently, as I ran along the beach in South Florida, my eye caught a glimpse of something unusual. My neck jerked my head to the side and then back as I adjusted my eyes to see if I was seeing things. Did I really just see a huge pig?  Sure enough. Then my mind began […]

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Daddy’s home

Father. Such a formal word, isn’t it? I’m a dad, but my young kids have never called me father. When I come home at the end of the day, it’s “daddy’s home.” To my kids, I’ve been gone forever and they are so happy to see me. I don’t know what it is when we […]

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National Day of Prayer

According to the National Day of Prayer website, “In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, […]

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Easter’s coming…don’t just stand there

This Sunday you will find me in church in the morning and hiding Easter eggs in the afternoon. It seems like an odd combination, but hey, I’ve got kids, and they have grandparents…but enough of my day. How about a day that is pretty much one of three holidays celebrated because of one man? Christmas–his […]

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Lent: To Add or Subtract? That is the Question…

The traditional season of Lent is about to be upon us; Fat Tuesday is here; Mardi Gras abounds. And for many, the next 6 1/2 weeks will mean sacrifice. Some will give up meat, others chocolate (GASP!), and still others soft drinks. The hope would be the time or money spent on these things would […]

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Out with the “old”?

This new year is in full swing now…so chances are you’ve said or heard it said already “out with the old, in with the new.” Have you ever considered that saying? Do we really need to put everything behind us and press ahead to newer and better things and places? I wonder. Yes, I get […]

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White Christmas

The chances of Northwest Florida having a “white” Christmas is pretty slim. A few years ago, we had what I would call a “Florida white Christmas”–it hailed on Christmas Day. It was “white” precipitation. Nonetheless, my young kids bought it! Chances are we did not have snow and a reason to snuggle up by the […]

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Change it up this Thanksgiving

Some years ago I asked a group of kids what Thanksgiving meant to them (watch out for answers when you open up the floor for kids to share their thoughts–you never know what you’re going to get). In this instance, it was no different. Here is a sampling of the answers: “Thanksgiving? Huh?” “It’s when […]

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