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The temperature is 54 degrees.   The drizzle and clouds turn my thoughts toward a cozy bowl of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich.  Ah yes.  This is July in Alaska.  While the rest of the country is sweltering, we are cuddling up with a good book and coffee.  Don’t be jealous.  Of course, the weather also makes me a bit lazy, so I made a semi-homemade tomato soup.  This is a little more than just diluting the condensed Campbell’s...

  Doing Preschool for my kids was a bit of an afterthought.  I knew that I was teaching the kids some basic facts throughout our days, so why would we need to make it a formal thing?  After all, Kindergarten used to be preschool only a few decades ago.  Well, we did it for our younger two children because the older two were doing homeschool, and my little ones wanted to be just like the big brother and sister.  So I went looking for ways to keep them busy with stuff on their level. If Kindergarten was no big deal...

I like to walk.  It’s probably my favorite exercise.  Hiking would be a close second.  Walking is an activity that is close at hand, something that I ought to do each day but sometimes fail to do that simple action of putting on my shoes and stepping out the door.  Once I’m on the walk, it’s much easier to continue, and when I’m done I feel satisfied and refreshed.  It’s true.  Running or jogging would have a greater...

During this Easter season, we are reminded of how faithful God is and how fickle we are.  From the beginning of time, God has always been ready to help his fallen creation.  He was even gracious and loving in giving us a free will.  He did not want mindless minions, but rather He wanted to fellowship with those who have freely chosen to fellowship with Him.  His heart must have been breaking when Adam sinned, and we sinned in Adam.  But God was there ready to forgive, and ready to make a way back to Him.  His...

1 Corinthians 13 Isn’t it true that nothing in this life is complete except God and His Word?  Our world was created and pronounced “very good” in the beginning (Gen. 1:31).  Unfortunately, that was not how it remained.  Mankind rebelled against God’s law, and now we live in a fallen, imperfect world.  The good news is that God provided a way for us to come back to Him, and one day He will create a new heaven and a new earth.  But...

I get a little annoyed with the concept of “balancing the Christian life”, though I have to admit that to some extent I do balance a lot of things in my life.  But when should I strike a balance, and when am I to see black and white?  Is life a series of black and white value judgments, or are we to live in moderation in all things?  I think about this often.  Does the Bible teach absolutes absolutely?  Does the Bible teach some principles...

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