Author: Gene

Where East Meets West

Having lived for seven eventful, fun-filled, wonderful years in California, I have always figured that, where coasts are concerned, West is best and East is least. I have slowly been changing my mind. Well, adjusting it. I still love the west coast. California is peerless. But the East offers so much in terms of history (which I love) and beauty (of which I am a great admirer.) I am determined to explore this coast as much as time and opportunity allow (which may be plenty and could be little to none.) Right now, I am in Georgia, not far...

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Devotional: Change!

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Prov. 9:9 (KJV) Few people enjoy change. We get in a comfort zone and tend to want to remain there. Economist John Galbraith observed, “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind, and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.” Mr. Galbraith was right. Great energy has been expended, impassioned speeches delivered, and battle lines drawn all in resistance to change. I recall once narrowly avoiding a church...

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A Devotional: “Fizz!”

My darling, you are beautiful! Oh, you are beautiful, and your eyes are like doves. S of S. 1:15 (NCV) Bruce Barton said, “Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” Little things can make a huge difference. Dr. John Pemberton experienced the truth of this concept at Joe Jacobs’ Drug Store in Atlanta, Georgia. The year was 1886, and Dr. Pemberton was excited about a new drink he was planning to produce and market. He took his formula, made primarily ofextracts from coca plants and...

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Your Boredom is Boring!

When I was a middle school teacher (which is roughly tantamount to being a riverboat captain on the River Styx), I would hear with regularity this complaint from my charges: “Mister, I’m bored!” (They called any male teacher or administrator “Mister” because, I suppose, they couldn’t be bothered with actually learning to say difficult names like Strother…or Smith…or Jones.) I heard the complaint so often that I began to make mental note of the frequent fliers of the “I’m bored” flag. What I found was this: the ones who most complained about being bored were, without exception, the most...

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An Easter Message: The Living Among the Dead

“And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5 It was an honest mistake these women made. They were heart-broken. The One in Whom they had placed all their hope and trust had been brutally murdered before their eyes. Their protective, mothering instincts told them that the least they could do was to make sure the body of Jesus was properly cared for. They had come to express their love. They had come to grieve their loss. But they had come to...

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