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By Rev. John Braland Dr. Angela Duckworth defines “grit” as “passion and perseverance to achieve long term goals.” Grit is courage. Grit is determination. Grit is a willingness to overcome obstacles. People with grit have the tenacity to stick with their goals long enough to actually achieve them. Margaret M. Perlis lists five characteristics of […]

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One of my favorite TV shows is HGTV House Hunters. It’s a reality show following a couple interested in buying a home. The realtor takes the couple around to a few houses and then the couple has to pick one to buy. It’s fun to watch the couples dicker back and forth about the important […]

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In my work with the elderly, I have noticed how spirituality affects them. Every person has spiritual hunger, but many don’t see it as such. Some come into old age with the traditional model of faith and find satisfaction and security in it. Others are like old Nicodemus who was curious and asked questions and […]

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By John Braland I read a story about a small town in the south that was alcohol free until a local businessman decided to build a tavern. A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. It just so happened that shortly thereafter, […]

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In 2014 Americans will swallow four spiders in their sleep, one in five cell phones will be dropped in the toilet, 19 identity thefts will occur every minute, 40,000 people will seek rabies treatment and 220 million will have a flat tire. So far, I don’t think I’ve swallowed a spider although we still have […]

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This nation was founded through a war of independence. It grew by creativity, rugged individualism and solid productivity. It has sustained its edge by sharp innovations and clever rationality. It is the greatest nation on earth in human history. And yet, embedded in that triumph and power, are seeds that, if we recognize them, scare […]

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