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Patience Is A Virtue

More than likely, we have all heard the phrase “patience is a virtue” at one time or another in our lives. One might hear the phrase most commonly in a specific situation where patience is lacking at that time. As with many other common colloquialisms, we freely say it or hear it with little thought to its origin or full meaning. This sentiment is a reflection upon someone’s ability to wait for something. By calling patience a virtue, or state…

The Fear Factor

It seems that when tigers hunt, they have a remarkable capacity for causing their prey to paralyze with fear, a size greater than any of the other big cats. As the tiger charges toward its helpless victim, it lets out a spine-chilling roar. Now you’d think this would be enough to cause the prey to turn and run for its life, but instead, it often freezes and soon becomes tiger food. At the turn of the 21st century, scientists at…

Faith to Faith

Have you ever been in a situation where you were amazed by the faithfulness or loyalty of someone else? A friend who was there in difficult times, a boss who went above and beyond, or perhaps a pet that always sticks near. It’s an incredible feeling to know you have someone who will always be there for you and will not leave no matter what. It’s this ultimate security that we perhaps seek out more than anything else when choosing…

False Security

Have you ever had to work a graveyard shift at your job before? Have you ever even heard of the phrase “graveyard shift”? Certain jobs like factories, hospitals, or other 24-hour establishments require people to be there all around the clock. Therefore, employees are given the “graveyard shift” in which they clock in sometime around midnight and clock out in the early hours of the morning. For many, this would be a nightmare to endure, but for some, this is…

Who Do You Say That I Am?

In Matthew 16, Jesus’ fame and recognition among the Jews are on the rise. At this point in His ministry, people are starting to know who He is upon His arrival in their city. In the previous chapter, we see just how well-known and celebrated He has become.  Matthew 15:29-30, “Departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there. And large crowds came to Him, bringing with…

Eye Exam

When reading the shortest of the four gospels, the book of Mark, one finds two miracles that are unique to the second gospel. Not only are they unique by only being found in Mark and not in the other three gospels, but they also are unique by how they are performed. The first of these is found in Mark 7:32-37 and describes how Jesus healed a deaf/mute man peculiarly. Before Jesus heals the man, He puts His fingers in the…

Pursuit of Happiness

In Toy Story, one of the first big scenes in the movie is when Andy first challenges Buzz to prove that he can fly. This is just minutes after the whole group meets Buzz for the first time, and Andy has already realized that Buzz truly believes he’s a “Space-Ranger.” Buzz, confident in his skills, steps close to the edge of the bed and boldly dives off! Thankfully for him, a series of very fortunate events unfold that make it…

Joy and Happiness

What are some things that bring you happiness in your life? What about these things provide you with that feeling of happiness? As you briefly stop and contemplate these things, it’s fairly easy to start coming up with multiple answers ranging from spending time with family or friends all the way to more simple things like enjoying ice cream or a good meal. Now, with that list made, what are some things that bring you joy? Is there a difference…

A Mother’s Sacrifice

In a 1945 Texas newspaper article, written on the recent success of a local athlete, we are given the first known mentioning of a commonly hea­rd phrase that states, “Behind every great man there is a great woman.” If you’re like me, you have heard this phrase many times and in many capacities. Most commonly, it seems as if it’s used by successful men who are seeking to give due credit to their spouse’s part in their accomplishments. Today, I…

Prepared But Not Ready

On June 28th, 1914 an assassination took place in which the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, was killed by a political extremist while riding in a parade. This single event is credited as the lynchpin that set off the first World War, one that would last over four years and forever change the course of history. Armies from around the world prepared themselves to enter into this conflict, whether or not they truly were ready is the question. WWI is…

Empty Arms with Full Hearts

In John chapter 4 we have Jesus talking to someone who, according to the apostles and the Jews of that day, He has no business talking to. Culturally speaking, Jesus is crossing a line by having this conversation that completely shocks His apostles. In John 4:27 we have their reaction described as, “…At this point, His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman…” The word used there to describe their reaction to what Jesus…
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EXTRA-ORDINARY MEN

People do not decide to be extraordinary, they simply decide to accomplish extraordinary things. One such man was named Sir Edmund Hilary born July 20, 1919.  Starting out in life Edmund was always much smaller than the neighborhood kids and classmates. Instead of going out and playing with the big kids he spent his time mostly indoors reading or playing with toy trains. As he grew up, though, his problem of having a small frame and a short stature quickly…