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Laughter: Medicine for the Soul [Part II]

The healing benefits and power of laughter is not a new idea.  Almost 3,000 years ago Solomon, the King of Israel, wrote the following words in the book of Proverbs: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22 A good laugh, a joke, a little humor is like medicine.  It heals, refreshes, and restores us.  Without it we dry up.  Our spirits are crushed.  We lose hope. I like this quote from an unknown author, found in an editorial in the ...
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Laughter: Medicine for the Soul

One night I returned home from a late meeting to discover that something or someone was in my basement.  Brenda wanted to call 911 but I thought the baseball bat under my bed was sufficient to deal with the situation.  As I got to the bottom of the stairs we heard a loud banging sound followed by a scream.  Brenda immediately called 911 and I put on my pants just in case something happened to me.  I wouldn’t want my body to be traced with white chalk in my boxers!  ...
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1+1=3: The Power of Community

Many moons ago I studied Greek in seminary.  Sadly I have forgotten most of it, but today I want to introduce you to a Greek word I really like: συνέργια (synergia).  It means synergy.  It actually comes from the Greek word συνεργός (synergos) which means “working together.” Wikipedia defines synergy as: “the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.” This past Sunday I saw συνέργια in living color as 50 volunteers “worked together” to ...
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Special Needs and Divorce Statistics: 91.8% are made up on the spot!

How many of you remember reading in the child rearing text book you had to read before having children that they would add extra stress to your marriage?  I think it was on page 39 where it said, “Please note that having children will increase the likelihood of added personal and marital stress, sleepless nights, and potential conflict between you and your spouse.  Please take this into consideration before taking this next step in your relationship.” You don’t remember reading the book?  Well neither do I because it doesn’t exist!  ...
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Feel Like Quitting? Keep Doing the Things You Can’t!

Thank you to everyone who stopped for a few minutes and joined me in thinking about David!  I hope you laughed and cried as hard as I did as you thought of the many ways David left his mark on this world and our lives. David was not a quitter.  No matter what curve ball was thrown at him he swung with all his might.  When David lost his vision and could no longer ride his bike, he became Evel Knievel on the scooter.  When he ran into a ...
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