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Lent Enhancers

By definition, Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends Easter Sunday. In common vernacular, the purpose of Lent is to deny yourself of something in order to, in the smallest measure, be able to physically experience Jesus' denial of his body and soul as … Read More...

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Reinforcing Your Calling

New to the 2013 schedule, each team in the NFL plays a nationally televised Thursday night game. The preparation between the prior Sunday's game and the Thursday match-up is intense with one or more near all-nighters, but the weekend following the game becomes a mini-Bye with an enjoyable couple … [Read More...]

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Breakthrough

Only a few short weeks ago, we welcomed our second grandchild into the world. Oshiolema ("Ollie") Michael Atogwe was born about 10 days early to our daughter Jill and son-in-law Oshiomogho. He's healthy and growing, but soooo far from us! They live in the Virginia area, which is a 3+ hour flight … [Read More...]

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Out With the Old

"Out with the Old, In with the New." I like to bring a spiritual element into my New Year's Eve celebrations. As a child, our church had a New Year's Eve candlelight service, which at the time I was convinced was designed solely for the purpose of keeping us from having any kind of fun on the … [Read More...]

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9 Gallons

This isn't an actual picture of the inside of my refrigerator, but it certainly could be. I grocery shop nearly every day and recently noticed I was having a hard time keeping the milk shelf stocked. So I counted just how much milk we were drinking in a week. Nine. Nine gallons of milk are … [Read More...]

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Can’t We Get Along?

In the last few days, I've received several 'whadya think?' messages, along with posts and re-posts on my Facebook wall of a video snippet of pastor Joel Osteen's wife Victoria. Several of the published commentaries label her and Joel 'heretics'. By Webster's definition, a heretic is 1. a … [Read More...]

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Will You Trust Me?

Looking through old Throwback Thursday photos is one of my favorite things to do on Facebook and Instagram. So I thought I'd do a different kind of Throwback Thursday, one that takes a look back at the most difficult season of our lives. The fact that our three Minnesota years were difficult … [Read More...]

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30 Years of Us

  This weekend we will celebrate 30 years of marriage. 30 years makes us sound really old, but we sure don't feel old. 30 years is quite an accomplishment in this day and age of disposable everything. 30 years of marriage has been the single greatest accomplishment of my … [Read More...]

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So What’s It Gonna Be?

It's only appropriate when this was the view from my windshield this morning, April 4, that I speak about the elation we feel about the opportunity to leave Minnesota. However, in all fairness to this state I've found so difficult to love, the discomfort of the past three years here had far more to … [Read More...]

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My Praying Knees

Many a mom looks down at her stretched belly skin, her spit-up stained clothing, and blood-shot, sleep-deprived eyes and would trade none of them for the precious sleeping baby in her arms. Those external indicators of new motherhood are worn as badges of honor. Those badges are distant memories for … [Read More...]

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It Takes Very Little to Love

The Minneapolis area is home to quite a few corporate headquarters, the most significant for me being Target. As a result, Target stores in the Twin Cities area are usually in tip-top shape. They're well-stocked, well-run, and many of the Super Targets have made a push to be our one-stop shopping … [Read More...]

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My Little Porcupine

Do you have a porcupine? We do. Actually, we've got a sweet daughter whose turning 21 today, and she spent the better part of her teenage years as a porcupine. That's the image God gave me for her as I spent countless hours praying about her behavior. Porcupines actually have soft hair, but … [Read More...]