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12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) I remember vaguely hearing that the 12 Days of Christmas was a hidden code for Christian teachings. Like most people, I didn’t know the specifics and I decided to take a little time out to learn what it meant. Good old YouTube had a crash...

We Hold These Truths

We Hold These Truths

By Alan Inman There are many who question God’s involvement in the founding of America. There are also those who assert that every country is equally founded by God or not. What makes America so different or special? Below are my thoughts on God’s hand working through...

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

By Keith MacMurdie  The attitude of gratitude or the state of being grateful in all circumstances is an important component in our life of faith and essential for personal growth. Without gratitude, it is difficult to develop an honest relationship with God. Gratitude...

Looking for America

Looking for America

By Richard Perea In growing from a child to an adult, we develop an understanding of who we are, how things work, and what is right and wrong. In effect, we gain a world view which frames the parameters for beliefs, perceptions, and actions. This framework becomes the...

Gratitude in the Month of November

Gratitude in the Month of November

By Karilee Aoki This year, November has arrived in full Seattle fashion -- grey skies with a 100% chance of rain. We had many more puddles and more squishy lawns around than anyone expected. But I was so grateful. After a long scorching summer of drought and high...

True Love Is Living in Service to Others

True Love Is Living in Service to Others

By Alan Inman ALIVE is the name of the organization in Alexandria, VA that for 25 years has served food and other care to those that have found themselves in a challenging situation economically. Over the past 2 years, my wife Cindy and I have joined the volunteers at...

Building the Foundations of Freedom

Building the Foundations of Freedom

Six Boy Scouts were getting their Eagle – the highest rank for the Boy Scouts of America. It was a long day. At the close of each ceremony, two elderly gentlemen decked out in their dark blue, gold braid studded Veterans of Foreign Wars uniforms came forward to...

A God Who Never Gives Up – Lessons from Losing

A God Who Never Gives Up – Lessons from Losing

“I told the team, ‘We’re going to win.’ And I meant it,” my son told me the day after their 40-6 loss. Varsity had lost badly to this team last weekend. Every bone in my body said, “They’re going to lose.” But I was surprised that he had started staring the odds in...

Teaching Character: Think About the Future to Adjust in the Present

Teaching Character: Think About the Future to Adjust in the Present

My son is almost nine. He loves to make things. Cardboard boxes, scraps of cloth or wood, and pieces of anything and everything are sources of imagination and delight for him. I’ve had to covertly throw out many, many things, or else our house would have likely become...

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