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What We Know About Lightning

What We Know About Lightning

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” Ps. 139:14 A recent episode of the Radiolab podcast attempted to answer random questions submitted by listeners over the past year. One was from a listener seeking to understand a strange, X-Files-like experience. He had witnessed the spontaneous formation of a glowing, pulsating, electric orb. The orb floated in front of his face for a second and then disappeared. Radiolab turned…

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Mercy Shall Pursue You

Mercy Shall Pursue You

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,” Psalm 23:6a Lucas Jackson was a character born with more guts than brains. Arrested for a misdemeanor offense, decapitating parking meters while drunk, he was sentenced to two years of hard labor in a Florida prison farm. A restless spirit, Luke couldn’t endure authority, nor confinement.  When his mother died while he was in prison, he attempted an escape to attend the funeral. It was the first…

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Calculated Worth

Calculated Worth

“Or are you envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:15b When I was a child, I loved baseball. My favorite thing about the game was calculating batting averages, earned run averages and some statistics I made up on my own. Baseball taught me most of my basic math skills. It also convinced me, I could statistically compute the value of a player.  My self-generated statistics are elementary to the equations statisticians use today. New categories for evaluating baseball players seem…

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The Desire to be Fed

The Desire to be Fed

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation…” 1 Peter 2:2 When my wife was an infant, doctors were recommending mothers not breastfeed their babies. According to research at the time, scientists were able to produce food more beneficial to infants than a mother’s own milk. Unfortunately for Peggy, she did not receive the hormones and antibodies in her mother’s breastmilk to protect her from illness. As a result, she…

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In Our Image

In Our Image

“Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness;” Gen. 1:26 Norman Rockwell first conceived of his classic painting, Golden Rule, in 1952. Inspired by the humanitarian mission of the United Nations, Rockwell wanted to paint a picture of different people from all the nations of the world. He wanted these people to stand behind key members of the U.N. Security Council. It was to be an image of hope that the UN could bring peace…

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See the Presence of God

See the Presence of God

When you look in a mirror what do you see? Do you see the gift of life? Or, do you see the features you would most like to change? Maybe some weight loss, different hair, smile or nose? I’ve discovered the two most effective guides for positive self-esteem. Avoid looking in the mirror and always take the picture, never be in it. This approach allows my hair to remain thick and brown. I don’t have a weight problem and I…

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