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The most interesting part of the CNN article (to me, at least) is the requirement to make all guns "smart," meaning they cannot fire without the presence of a "key." For more perspective and the link to the CNN article, click on Firearm Keys & Liability.
Here's the link to my personal quotation file. It's not full of things I've written or said; it's full of quotes I've gathered from personal reading over many years. The file is over 60 pages long, and I'm sure I'll continue adding to it. You can view it, or download it and make it your own - for free.
When I need a shot of encouragement or clarity, reading a few entries gets me ready for another “run around the track.” I hope you will give this a try. If a quote triggers a question for you, feel free to contact me.
Here are some examples from the file:
Enjoy the file and, in the process, let its wisdom encourage and enlighten you.
Identity in Christ.
Sharon Rauenzahn, the author of 2 previous years' Advent Readings already on my site, is writing a new set for this year!
So if you're looking for extremely fresh material, check out "Preparing for Perfection." The readings for the first two Sundays are finished and ready for use. The ones for the remaining Sundays will be ready in a few days - well before you need them.
Or for links to all 5 reading sets, go to Advent Readings.
Tim (and Sharon)
Sainsbury's 2014 Christmas advertisement. Sainsbury is the third largest supermarket chain in the U.K. and they built this ad around a true story which has circulated among Christian preachers for years. I think I used it myself. But Sainsbury's 4-minute dramatization tells it far better than I ever did. The clip depicts the 1914 story of a 48-hour localized truce during WW1 between British and German troops to celebrate Christmas.
Sainsbury is receiving some criticism for commercializing this "war story." But the story is a good one, and (in my opinion) is not about commercializing or condoning war. Quite the opposite, it is about the Spirit of Christmas showing up, even in the worst of circumstances.
After all, Christmas is very much about God incarnate coming into the broken circumstances of our world. And Christmas offers much, much more than a temporary, localized truce. This clip will help some ministers make this point.
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If you've been intending to take a look at my site but haven't gotten around to it, here are some places to start. These are the 5 most visited pages over the last 30 days:
... then this webpage is for you: Portfolio Expectations.
Hope you will check it out,
This resource describes 4 options that most readers can implement themselves, though I recommend that you check with a tax adviser. And it includes 3 more options that are complex enough to require a certified financial planner and/or lawyer.
Along with each strategy is an estimated lead-time to help you determine when to start the process in order to fit the deduction into the current tax year.
To view the document just click on Tax-smart Donations.
All the best,
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A year ago I posted a webpage on the tradeoffs between filing for Social Security benefits as early as possible, waiting until the "full retirement age," or delaying all the way until age 70. After interacting with a Google+ contact, more reading, and thinking about the topic I decided to completely rewrite the webpage. This new version is simpler and provides more links to resources for those who want to go deeper. So if you're thinking through your Social Security filing options, check out this link: Delay Social Security? ... revised.
All the best,
After church I went looking for a particular sermon I remembered preaching many years ago on that passage. I found it in my files for 1998 and noticed that I had not previously posted it to the public. And I'm it contains some very helpful content for anybody who leads others - in the church, the home, on the athletic team, or the workplace. It's simply been my go-to passage and philosophy for all kinds of conflict management.
So I revised it into a sort of teaching to guide pastors and parishioners in resolving conflicts in all kinds of settings - or to use to teach others how to do this. To have a look, click on Resolving Conflict.
(To hear Pastor Jeff's teaching on Matthew 18 you'll have to wait until he retires, and hope he'll start posting his sermons on the internet. Sorry about that.)