The secret to a guaranteed harvest

Life and farming often mirror each other, a fact the Bible repeatedly exploits to illustrate spiritual principles. One of Jesus’ best known parables begins with, “A farmer went out to sow” (Matthew 13:3).

I’m not a farmer, but my parents have had a vegetable garden for as long as I can remember. Every spring, Dad would pull his gasoline-powered tiller out of the shed (we were too poor to own a garage) and prepare the soil for tomatoes, sweet corn, cabbage, and a host of other vegetables that mom would can in the fall. Continue reading “The secret to a guaranteed harvest”

Don’t camp in the wrong spot

If you enjoy camping, you know finding the right campsite often determines the difference between a miserable and a memorable experience.

My brother Nathan and I discovered this firsthand back in 2010, when we rented an SUV and took off on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. We had dreamed about this adventure for a long time. We had been on many previous camping trips, but we felt certain this would top them all.

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It’s an acquired taste

I became a diet soda drinker when I was a freshman in high school.

Here’s how it happened.

One morning in health class, I briefly fainted. Naturally, the teacher sent me to the school nurse, who asked me what I had eaten for breakfast. I reported that my morning menu had featured pancakes drenched in maple syrup, with a side of Oreo cookies.

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God has a question

Has anyone ever asked you a difficult question?

I don’t mean the kind that involves advanced calculus or requires knowledge of arcane facts. I’m referring to questions with answers that can’t be found via Google’s search bar. Questions that prompt serious self-examination, helping us discover truths about ourselves we may not have uncovered otherwise.

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The ultimate “game-changer” for 2018

You’ve probably heard someone use the phrase “game-changer” in the course of conversation. A game-changer is “a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.” (Thank you, Merriam-Webster.)

It’s an overused cliché, in my opinion. Most things we think are “game-changers” really aren’t.

But there is one true game-changer that can alter just about any situation. Continue reading “The ultimate “game-changer” for 2018”