Cheerful Giving

A friend of mine rarely gets within the shadow of a church steeple. Regularly he explains to me his aversion. His family attended mass each Sunday, the whole family shoved into a single pew, and the priest would personally take the weekly offering. The father had a collection basket on a long pole which he…
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“I Shall Hold Myself At Liberty”

Elijah Lovejoy is the name of an American too rarely named and too seldom remembered. He converted to Christianity as a result of the Second Great Awakening, a revivalistic movement that swept the Deep South and the American frontier. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister, he shortly thereafter became an editor at a St. Louis newspaper.…
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Make Haste To Be Kind

Now that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have concluded one of baseball’s most exciting World Series (thanks for the sleep deprivation, gentlemen), the sports nation now leaves the boys of summer behind. But before moving on, it’s worth noting that the winners are champions after a decades-long wait. At least they didn’t have…
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Time Is Not On Your Side

You have five hundred days left to live. That’s a year and a half; seventeen months; only seventy-one weeks; twelve thousand precious, evaporating hours. Maybe you have a little more time than that, maybe less, but certainly you don’t have as many days left as you think. Time is not on your side. Let’s do…
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What You Seek Is Where You Are

A curious, young man made it his ambition to seek wisdom at all cost. This led him to a monk who lived alone in a cave at the far side of the world, an old man rumored to be the wisest teacher to ever live. So across snowy mountains, suffocating deserts, and dense jungle the…
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