Forgiving our parents
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Forgiving our parents

We’ve all heard stories from those who say their parents messed up their lives. While some stories are horrific, others are typical – albeit distressing – reflections of dysfunctional families. I have no doubt my children love me. Yet I cringe at what they might share regarding the times I behaved in less-than-loving ways. Nevertheless,…

Why we should bear others’ shortcomings
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Why we should bear others’ shortcomings

Can you imagine how deeply our heavenly Father grieves when He sees His children mistreating each other? If I had as many children as God does, I wouldn’t last a day. Correction: I wouldn’t last five seconds.  Thankfully, God is long-suffering. I yearned for my children to learn what it means to bear (tolerate, endure) one…

Graham took a strong stand for animals
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Graham took a strong stand for animals

Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, who passed away last week, will be remembered for co-leading the congressional investigation into the September 11 attacks, speaking out against the Iraq war, and his “workdays” – -in which he rolled up his sleeves to perform hundreds of everyday jobs, from picking tomatoes to picking up…

Middle East, Middle America, and perspective
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Middle East, Middle America, and perspective

Middle America is feeling the effects of rising tensions in the Middle East, uncertainty over the current state of inflation and its impact on interest rate policy, and the prospects for continued economic growth. I define Middle America as those persons who have enough money to care what happens to their portfolios and economic situation,…

St. George Island Brewfest sets turnout record
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St. George Island Brewfest sets turnout record

Organizers of the annual SGI Brewfest on St. George Island reported a record turnout for Saturday’s competition that saw 60 breweries compete for best-of-show prizes. More than 1,200 tickets were sold out three weeks before the single-day event opened, which was the seventh in the series. Independent brewmasters from around the country – plus several…

Restoring the one who has hit rock bottom
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Restoring the one who has hit rock bottom

Everybody knew. The woman had been married five times. To add to her scandalous reputation, the man she was now living with wasn’t her husband. Her neighbors wanted nothing to do with her – except as a source of delicious gossip. Shame reigned in the woman’s heart. Judgment reigned in her neighbors’. Then … Jesus entered…