One of the most jarring medical tools we used when I was an EMT were smelling salts. One early morning, for example, the call came that an adult was unconscious on someone’s front lawn. We checked and found a good pulse and respiration, but he was sound asleep. So we cracked a vial of smelling…

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Welcome to the final Sunday of Advent, the season of waiting and anticipating leading up to Christmas. A poet has written this challenge concerning Advent. Let this help you to push against any sense of rushing on this morning. “The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we…

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Have you ever waited to meet someone famous? A chance came for my daughter last year when we learned that American Ninja Warriors was coming to film in Indianapolis. Meghan is a fan of the female athletes in particular, and was hoping to meet one of them. So we applied for tickets as soon as…

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There’s a  legend of a very wise man who lived on the northern frontier of China. One day, for no clear reason, the man’s horse ran away. When his neighbors tried to console him, the man replied, “What makes you so sure it isn’t a good thing?” Some months later, the horse returned, bringing with…

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Greed Illustration Photo

Sometimes, life isn’t fair. Your position at work gets eliminated. Your childhood may have included abuse. The biopsy comes back positive. Kids leave home, and along the way also leave the faith. You work as hard as you can, but just can’t seem to get ahead financially. When we bring these common experiences to the…

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crystal ball and prophesy photo

Many of you know that my father is now 95 years old. A study was done in which fifty people aged 95 and older were asked a single question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” They had lived almost a century, so they have a unique perspective compared…

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Ever get caught in someone’s anger and wonder, “Where did that come from?!” Ever vent unreasonable anger yourself and wonder the same, “Where did that come from?” Today’s passage takes a peek under the hood of that very question. In James 4:1-12, Doctor James offers a bit of soul surgery to help us clean out…

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I’d like to introduce you to Gyles Brandreth. Gyles is a bit of a character. He once won the European Monopoly Championship (who knew there was one?). He served as President of the Association of British Scrabble Players (actual club). He is known for his impressive collection of sweaters. And most pertinent to us today,…

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