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Week 21 Application | Has-Beens

Do you ever feel like a cultural dinosaur? Do you sometimes feel obsolete, out-of-date, and passé? Do you no longer feel fashionable, useful, or valuable—like you have passed the peak of your effectiveness or popularity?  As time passes, most of us wrestle with feeling like a has-been. The sharp-looking guy who was a heartthrob in […]


Week 20 Application | Once in a Lifetime

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!” Have you ever said those words?  I got a ticket for game two of the World Series in 1990 when the Cincinnati  Reds defeated the Oakland A’s on their way to a four-game sweep. As a lifelong Reds fan I found their 2-1 victory so satisfying that I don’t mind if […]

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Week 19 Application | God Comes First

Nothing tests a person’s priorities more than an empty stomach. A severe drought plagued Israel, but in the midst of the famine God provided for Elijah. Ravens brought the faithful prophet bread and meat twice a day and he drank water from a nearby brook. Eventually, though, the brook dried up—and it looked like hope […]


Week 17 Application | When Heaven Breaks Loose

A friend of mine who owns a thriving business faced an unexpected crisis when a key employee resigned suddenly without warning, leaving his fellow employees holding the bag. Thankfully the staff team stepped up, everyone worked together to fill the gap, and things turned out well after all. Relieved and grateful, my friend explained, “I […]