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Recovery and Rehabilitation

A PARABLE OF A PIG

We’ve all had those experiences where we know something bad is going to happen, and yet we can’t do anything to stop it or keep it from happening. Several years ago my wife and I were making a trip. Our journey would take us north on Interstate 5, through the Columbia Gorge, and then up […]

NO LONGER BEHIND BARS BUT STILL IN PRISON

Stop whining about criminals becoming repeat offenders. If you don’t want to take steps to change the laws don’t look down your nose at the high crime neighborhood in your community. It could be argued that it is good for business. As things are set up now, the process is postured to encourage felons to […]

YOU CHOOSE WHERE YOU LIVE NOT WHERE YOU’RE BORN

People chuckle now and again when they ask me where I’m from. I was born in a place that some have described as the Pompeii of the Midwest. I think of it as an American Nazareth and am reminded of Nathanael’s question concerning the village in which Jesus grew up, “Can anything good come out of […]

A LIFESTYLE OF SELF-DENIAL

Following the American Civil War, a congregation in Richmond, Virginia prepared to participate in a communion service. In keeping with its practice, the congregants were about to stand and walk forward to the altar to partake of the elements. Before they could stand, a black gentleman walked down the center aisle and knelt at the […]