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Cake It Off

By |July 5th, 2015|

In the many photos I saw, her faced was lined with wrinkles, her hair was always hidden under a hat, and she never wore makeup. Yet she is one of the most beautiful women I never met. Her life’s work is a testimony to her character and garnered her more attention, the right kind of […]

Signs of Significance

By |June 1st, 2015|

Digital billboards are making their way into the world. Although old-fashioned billboards still dominate most major highways and thoroughfares, digital billboards can be seen locally along Interstate 196 near Holland and on U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids. They are very colorful and bright, but depending on what time you drive by, you may see a […]

NEW LEAF, NEW LIFE?

By |May 4th, 2015|

With the turning of a new season, many of us will make plans to turn over a new leaf or plant a new flower. We’ll pledge to eat more healthily, exercise more often, pick up a hobby, keep the garage clean, and finally finish that project in the corner.
Tired of the status quo, clutter, and […]

Worry Less, Stress Less

By |March 25th, 2015|

Are you a worrywart? This type of wart has nothing to do with the virus that can appear as hard, callous bumps on your hands and feet. But worrywarts do originate from a virus of a different kind. It’s contagious and usually spreads primarily among family members. Rarely does a worrier have influence or branch […]

What’s Your Excuse?

By |December 22nd, 2014|

Recently a young mom in her 30’s received national attention because of something she posted on her Facebook page. It caused quite a stir, mostly among women. It’s a photo of the woman and her three young children. She is thin and fit, but it’s the caption above her photo that caused the ruckus. It […]

The (Real) Christmas Story

By |December 5th, 2014|

Don’t let the title fool you. This article isn’t about BB guns, Chinese food, or someone’s tongue getting stuck on a metal pole. I’d like to talk about the real Christmas story. The one about Jesus.

The story of Mary and Joseph is incredible for a number of reasons. For example, consider how Mary finds out […]

Value Added

By |September 30th, 2014|

When you walk into a fast food restaurant and approach the counter, the server will ask what you want to order. If you’re not sure, you’ll pause for a minute and then perhaps order a sandwich and a drink. The server will inevitably ask whether you want to add fries for, let’s say, an additional […]

The Circle of Strife

By |September 30th, 2014|

We love movies because they often have happy endings whereas life does not. Some movies help us understand life. The theme of the movie Lion King not only brought awareness to meerkats and warthogs, but it helped us better comprehend the circle of life.  The main character, Simba, is shamed into leaving his family’s kingdom […]

South Africa Mission Trip

By |July 16th, 2014|

8 team members from various walks of life left for Johannesburg, South Africa on June 12 to embark on a mission to bring joy, peace, and the message of God’s love in a tangible way. Through various speaking opportunities (church service, seminary chapel, youth group meeting, men’s breakfast) and work projects serving the poorest of […]

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I Don’t Know What to Do

By |July 10th, 2014|

I continue to meet many people who say to me, “My situation or circumstances seem hopeless and I don’t know what to do.” I want to dedicate this article to those of you who continue to seek to grow as a person and in relationships with your family, even in what appears to be a […]