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'Tis the Season...to Be Thankful!

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Does it ever bother you how Christmas seems to start a little earlier ever year?

I know I fall into that camp.

Seriously…it’s like our culture is allergic to Thanksgiving. Fall arrives…and it’s Halloween for two months. Halloween ends…and it’s Christmas for two months. Yet, lost in between…within the crazy carousel of “to do” lists, peppy parties and shopping sessions is the most underrated holiday of the year…
… (*turkey drumstick roll please*)…Thanksgiving. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love me a cup of Yuletide bliss. I’m not trying to undercut the most wonderful season of all. It’s just that I balk at the idea of jumping on the premature Christmas celebration bandwagon. And note: for those who don’t know, yes, I do consider pre-Thanksgiving Christmas celebration to be premature. I mean…think about it. Our American calendar is not friendly to ‘Turkey Day’ at all. Not only is it sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, but every year, you have Black Friday encroaching on its territory. In fa…

A Brewed Awakening

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We’ve all been there before.
The crave for caffeinated fulfillment… The mid-afternoon coffee rush… The anticipation of one cup of steeped goodness igniting the day’s doldrums… When you think about it…it’s pretty amazing how a single coffeeshop stop…and a demitasse of brewed bliss with its steamed satisfaction…can seem to alter the day’s course.

Granted, not every pitstop can afford to be so rewarding.
Take yesterday, for example, when me and some TDOT colleagues moseyed down to a local Starbucks to take advantage of a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ holiday drink special.
As we approached the main entrance, we noticed  the coffeeshop was highly congested with a line nearly extending out the door into the brutal cold.
Thankfully, having purchased coffee at the store before, and seeing how the line progression worked, I was able to educate my group in navigating the shop’s awkward floor plan. Essentially, to keep upcoming guests from waiting out in the cold, we decided to walk through a second entrance…

Love by Association

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Recently, I was reading in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, discussing the passage with LEGACYouth, when a coupled things jumped out at me.

When Paul says in v. 11: "I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one"...it can be easy to misinterpret or misapply this passage. 

Paul isn't saying 'wall up' against those who are backsliding or lost. He isn't saying ignore or cut off all ties with those who are struggling in their faith/to live righteously. On the contrary, he is saying don't associate...don't join in with the decisions they're making...with the lies they're buying into. Again, we have to remember to filter our interpretation of Scripture through the lens of Ephesians 6:12, in the sense what we wrestle with is principalities and powers of darkness, not flesh and blood. When we remember the…

Flash Weather: Get Ready for Frozen Turkeys

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When it comes to long-term weather forecasting,  as I've said before to quote the great James Spann: "There's simply no skill in pinning down details past seven days."
In other words, while it takes specialized training to know how to dicpher real-time computer model data, when the conversation changes to, "Will we see snow on Christmas Day this year?", it's really anyone's guess.

Thus, I completely understand if one considers long-term forecast specialists to be professionals in "crap shooting". After all, the weather can seem to have a mind of its own.

However, as the clock has turned into November, there's been considerable buzz surrounding the weather pattern for Thanksgiving week...which is only fair as it's one of the most traveled weeks of the entire year.

And though I remain fairly conservative in posting any resemblance of a forecast 2-3 weeks out, I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed with model consistency regarding…

The Silent Gospel - 5 Things the Bible Doesn't Talk About

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Gambling

One of the most opaque 21st century ethical topics not explicitly addressed in the Bible is gambling.

Clearly, most people gamble in hope to cash in on 'Lady Luck', as well as a completely different life with less work and more fun; however, although the Bible doesn’t directly mention "gambling", this doesn’t mean the activity is sinless. In fact, by that philosophy, issues like pornography and illegal drugs would be considered tolerable, when in reality, both violate God's laws.

When we look at God's Word, we find what our attitude should be with respect to money and work:

“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” ~ Ecclesiastes 5:10

"No servant can serve two masters.Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." ~ Luke 16:13

“For the love of money is a root of all ki…