By Sean Dietrich JOHN—My angel story takes place when my wife was dying, and I watched everything go downhill in a matter of months. And every night, I would hear a voice tell me “You can get through this, John.” On the night she died, I heard that voice again. And...

Self-respect

By Rick Moore Growing up, I craved respect from others. When playing truth or dare, I usually chose dare. If dared to jump off a cliff, I didn’t ask how high the cliff was nor how deep the water was; I jumped. The motive was for others to respect the...

The Lotus Life: Change

By Lauren Catanese, “You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows. And a dreamer’s just a vessel that must follow where it goes, trying to learn from what’s behind you and never knowing what’s in store, makes each day a constant battle just to stay...

Nuggets of Wisdom

By Kirk McCarley, As a Career and Life Coach often metaphorical references emerge that can more effectively illustrate thoughts and ideas to clients.  Given my participation and involvement in athletics, often parallels emanate from personal experience, thinking back to athletic coaches I have either played for or observed.  Years later...
By Pastor Dave Holland “Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its...

Line Work

By Sean Dietrich Morning on an American interstate. A caravan of large bucket trucks travels southward. There must be a hundred of them. Maybe more. These are utility workers. Hurricane Ida plowed into Louisiana like a Peterbilt semi yesterday. These trucks are heading to ground zero to join the 25,000 other...

Discovering Your Opus

By Kirk McCarley In the fall of 1964, 30-year-old Glenn Holland is a talented musician and composer from Portland, Oregon.  He takes a position as a music teacher at a high school so that he can spend more time with his young wife Iris and work on his symphony. Holland at first struggles...

It’s Not Perfect

By Rick Moore At the age of fourteen, I was bussing tables for one of the top restaurants in town. It was my mother’s favorite seafood restaurant. For years, she had bragged about their service and delicious food. Yet, those who worked at that restaurant saw things differently. It’s funny...
By Lauren Catanese “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley Decades to years, months to weeks, days to hours, hours to moments our lives keep flowing and continue to always move forward. Whether we resist, detour, or get stuck, life...
By Pastor Dave Holland “Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So, he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve...

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