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Sep 22, 2021

For God’s Sake: God is pleased to work through human weakness

One summer, my wife and I vacationed in Newfoundland, where, in addition to trying cod tongues, a disgusting local delicacy, we went on an iceberg cruise.

Local fishermen supplement their income by loading tourists into their boats and deliberately sailing them toward icebergs. Can you say, “Titanic?”


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Sep 15, 2021

For God’s Sake: God knows what you need and will provide

A friend once described the vacations my wife and I take to rural Indiana as “homey.” That is an apt description. Life slows down dramatically, and we get much-needed rest. If you are stressed out or suffering from insomnia, read on.

One recent vacation highlight was daily watching a groundhog venture out to forage for food. The chubby rodent had burrowed under a storage shed behind my father-in-law’s house.


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Sep 8, 2021

For God’s Sake: Beauty of the gospel is that Jesus measured up for us

My wife and I just returned from two restful weeks in rural Indiana. For the first time in years, we made the trip by air, flying out of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport.

On our departure day, the airline sent a notice encouraging us to arrive 2.5 hours early. Not a problem, we were packed and ready, and our ride picked us up on schedule.


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Sep 1, 2021

For God’s Sake: Following the Bible is a must for a marriage to work

“These two are the most married people I know!” said a relative as she hoisted her glass of champagne in a toast at the reception. It was the couple’s third wedding ceremony! Why three ceremonies?

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Aug 25, 2021

For God’s Sake: Life has meaning when viewed through lens of God’s sovereignty

As I write this, my wife and I are preparing to leave for Indiana for a two-week vacation visiting family.

Our goal is to eat lots of vine-ripened tomatoes and sweet corn, and at least one pork tenderloin sandwich.


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Aug 18, 2021

For God’s Sake: Putting faith in Jesus leads to a sweet life

I was in the first grade at Sacred Heart Catholic school when Sister Eileen read to us from Exodus 16, “The Israelites called the food manna. It was white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey wafers.”

I didn’t hear anything else she read or said. In my little kid-brain I was scurrying around the wilderness gathering up this mysterious candy God had provided.


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Jul 14, 2021

For God’s Sake: God knows us completely and desires for us to come know him

The condominium collapse in Surfside was profoundly tragic. Daily news updates only confirmed our worst fears. Hope seemed so very elusive, yet stories of hope did emerge.

The Associated Press ran a story about a 12-year-old girl, who had come to the collapse site because her father and her uncle were residents of that building and had yet to be found.


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Jun 9, 2021

For God’s Sake: We need a sustained rainy season of civility and commonsense

Recently, I did something that I had purposed I would never do – I engaged a social media post that was obviously intended only to incite.

A friend posted a meme claiming that 56% of conservative Christians reacted in laughable ignorance to a statement that employed a generic word close in spelling to one which was sure to elicit a negative reaction from them.


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Jun 2, 2021

For God’s Sake: New goal is to eat better and eat less

It is interesting how habits creep their way in and out of our lives.

When I arrived in Navarre late in 2018, it was my habit to work out four to five days a week.


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May 26, 2021

For God’s Sake: Inescapable wounds of pastoral ministry keep pastors humble.

Helen Keller wrote, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet.”

Blind for most of her life, Keller’s fame as an author and human rights activist shows that she chose not to wallow in self-pity. I must confess, I have wallowed in the past, only recently in fact.



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