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  • I tried not to take it personally, but what my phone was telling me every other day is that I’m just about out of memory. Well, to be more specific my phone was in that condition, but I knew it wasn’t alone.
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  • During one of the many times I attended the Gospel Music Festival in Nashville, I still remember Michael W. Smith on the stage of the famed Ryman Auditorium saying; “The best investment you can ever make is in the lives of other people.”
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  • If you think your life sometime gets pretty messy… congratulations, you are normal. Last weekend my wife and I were watching a couple of messages that really connected with us by Andy Stanley.
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  • If you ever need a place to warm up in the winter, might I suggest a trip to Texas? My wife Kathy and I just got back from a week around the Austin & San Antonio area. It was our first time there and we really had fun exploring. Let me play travel guide for a moment!
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  • "If you want to influence another person, the way to start is to nurture them."
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  • We just got back home this week from Maui where Kathy & I celebrated our wedding anniversary. The timing was perfect. We were blessed with sunny skies and warm breezes; it was pretty easy to forget it was December!
     
    As you might know, Hawaii has a rather abundant supply of macadamia nuts. Love 'em! When we walked into Costco (yes, they have a warehouse in Maui, which made us feel right at home) there were palettes stacked high with a multitude of ways to consume that pleasant little nut. Some pretty creative ideas, too.

    “Hmmm” I wondered. It was then, I carefully began to search aisle by aisle, pallet by pallet, just to see if by some remarkable chance, an aspiring entrepreneur created the ultimate incentive for brushing one’s teeth three times a day. I’m sure I was there for hours, at least according to my wife.
     
    Lo and behold, after all that canvasing, just as I turned the corner past the papaya shampoos…
     
    The reality struck me. There was not one tube to be found of Macadamia Nut Toothpaste.  [Sigh]  That was sort of great news.  Well, perhaps I could be that guy that brings that nutty treat to the marketplace. Imagine…. all those dentists recommending “my nutty toothpaste”.
     
    So, you may wonder is there some kind of lesson or moral to this story? I wonder, too.
     
    This I can tell you this.  Today’s crazy idea can often be tomorrow’s bright idea. I’ve always been intrigued by the life work of inventors like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison. They didn’t let the status quo hold them back from imagining what “could be”.
     
    There is a key element needed. The precious God-given gift you and I possess to a great degree is “freedom”.  May we cherish it, and fight for it when necessary. Our Creator takes great pleasure in His “little creators” like you & I.
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  • Elections were just a couple of weeks ago in Canada, and tomorrow is Election Day in the US.
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  • I bet you & I have something in common, as the song goes... “You can’t always get what you want…”  
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  • It's not often we take a road trip for over a week, but that's exactly what my wife Kathy & I did this past month. Aside from the engine on our beloved aging Toyota van deciding to "retire" on our ride home... we both felt this was a very good journey together.
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  • Ever ponder why it can be so hard to make changes in your life that you know you need to make?  A struggle we desperately want to pull away from, but just fall right back into?  Sort of like driving on a bumpy, bad road trying to get on some good pavement and before you know it, you’re right back in the ruts again. Just like gravity is invisible, the Bible shares there are invisible forces that affect you and me.
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  • Making a difference is rewarding, but no one ever said it was safe. Just ask Franklin Graham and his team at Samaritan’s Purse, one of the world’s leading relief organizations. Several years ago, a global threat began to appear, in the form of the Ebola virus. The inspiring story is told in “Facing Darkness,” a one-night Fathom theater event.
     
    Disagreements are common and can lead to a dead end. But KeepTheFaith’s Relationship Chef Dr. Joe Beam has a recipe to help you move forward.

    Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes might give you something other than a blister…it could give you perspective. That’s what happened to Shannon DeGarmo, a wife and mom who is learning to be a “Bounce Back Woman.”
     
    I wonder how different life would be if we were able to truly let go of our past mistakes. Our friend Matthew West loves to take real life moments and turn them into songs.

    Some people hear laughter in the rain. Maybe you just hear rain. Our friend Tim Storey is here to help.
     
    When we’re struggling, there are words we need to hear, and sometimes those words can be challenging. It’s happened to Andy Andrews.  
     
    If you’ve ever felt like you desperately need a second chance…or a 10th chance, Jon Weece has good news. He shares a story that reminds us how we can always get back up.
    Tune in this weekend for some contagious encouragement with Keep The Faith. We guarantee you'll feel uplifted. You can catch Keep The Faith on Sundays! 

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