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How do you plead?

“Guilty, or not guilty?” he asked. What should I do? I had a choice to make along with about 30 others that wrapped around the inside of the courtroom. You see, after being given a ticket for driving too fast in a school zone, friends said that I could get my fine
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Courageous : An Interview with Author Denise Hildbreth Jones

This thought runs through my mind every time I finish reading a Denise Hildbreth Jones’ novel. As her delightful characters step right off of the page and into my heart, I laugh, I cry, and everything in between. Her stories delicately unfold with such warmth, wit and wisdom. And
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God’s Delays are Not Cancellations

Have you ever had to change course as you fulfill God’s call on your life because of unexpected circumstances? In June, 2011 God sent twenty-four year old, Amanda Heaberlin and her husband, Zach to Guangzhou, China. Zach served as principal and Amanda taught English in an
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Katie Eats

Food. Have you ever really thought about it? Most people in our country don’t eat food just to survive. We eat food because it tastes good and lean on our cravings to decide which foods to eat, which usually results in eating too many calories. We are drawn to eating foods
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Finding the Key: A Story of God’s Redemption

Keys are things most people don’t think about, that is until they lose them. The sudden realization that our keys are gone – lost at the bottom of a purse or somewhere on the counter, beneath the mail, can cause the most composed person brief moments of panic. But once that
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My Secret

It’s hard to know just where to begin talking about something that I have tried so hard to move past and forget. I feel as if every man has some sin they deal with throughout their lives; that one habitual sin which keeps you from being the whole person God has designed you to
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Katie Eats

I was scared that I’d lose my dad, and he’d never be able to walk me down the aisle or see his future grandchildren. I knew at that moment that I never wanted to suffer from heart disease. My dad was immediately put on a heart healthy diet, so we, as a family, changed our diet.
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#LiveLikeRick

My heart is simply shattered as I write this piece. I buried one of my very best friends on earth last month, Rick Stilwell (on Twitter, @RickCaffeinated). His sudden death on January 11, 2013 has not yet fully registered with me. It has been an incredibly surreal experience. I
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No Room for Stink’n Think’n

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed to the renewing of your mind.” Those God-breathed words were penned by Paul in Romans 12:2. You may be asking yourself, “What do they mean?” Neuroplasticity, of course! (Most of my readers just
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Get Out of the Boat: Abundant Living in the Storm

Sometimes life just feels like it is too much to bear – even on ordinary days. There are too many things on our to-do lists, too many obligations, too many appointments and distractions, too many people, too much noise. Add to that a horrific headline that stops us in our tracks
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Shattered

My daughter Reagan cracked her iPod touch yesterday. She was roller-blading and decided to sit for a rest. The only problem was that her rear end was not enough cushioning between the pavement and the force of her weight, so the iPod in her back pocket looks like a bull’s-eye
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Dr. Jeffrey Travis, LMC heart surgeon

Editorial: The Heart of Prayer

Inside a Pre-Op room in Lexington Medical Center’s Surgery Department, a team of cardiac clinicians prepares a patient for what is undoubtedly one of the most overwhelming experiences of their life: open heart surgery. There are IVs, machines and anxious family members. Emotions
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Heidi and Ellie

Lesson from Ellie

Heidi Shumpert has an 11-month old lamb named “Ellie” that has given her much insight to her own relationship with God. FEAR Ellie is timid. If we’re near the road and a car goes by, she shudders. If she hears a loud noise, she flinches. But I’ve never seen her more
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The High Call to Purity

“It seems like only yesterday our daughter was carrying her Barbie dolls around the house. Now, when she leaves for school each morning, she looks like a doll! What does she think about herself?” “Was it that long ago that we had to call our son in at night? He loved to shoot the
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Isaac

When Greg and I were married on May 20, 2005, I never could have imagined the path that God had for us within those first two years. I had no idea of the pain that would come our way, but also no idea that the faith within my heart would be enough to sustain me and cultivate my
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