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Friday the 13th

In western culture, the number 13 is considered to represent bad luck. The “cursed” number takes its reputation from Norse mythology.

Luck doesn’t really exist except in our minds. If luck was real then life would be a series of random events. I believe there is a Divine Order to our lives that is bigger than anything we can understand.

Embrace everything that happens to you in life, even the bad stuff. When you accept that there is no randomness, only structure, it makes the bad things easier to navigate. A little easier, anyway…

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How We Treat Others

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Sounds easy, right? But some people can be downright difficult to treat kindly.

I have to ask myself, am I one of those people? Am I stubborn, ill-tempered or rude? If the answer is yes, then I need to work on myself. We will treat others in the way we love ourselves.

A healthy self-acceptance will be reflected by our words and our actions. Take inventory, and corrective action if necessary…

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My Interview With Viktoria Romanova

Viktoria Romanova had only been in The United States for a short period of time when she had a nightmare. She dreamed that her two-year-old daughter, Eva, had a blood disease. Viktoria’s dream proved to be prophetic because soon after Eva was diagnosed with leukemia.

In our interview we discuss the hellish two years + of chemotherapy, the anger and fear Viktoria felt after being told Eva had less than 24 hours to live, and we learn about the wonderful work The Make-A-Wish Foundation does.

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Legacy

On the morning of April 20, 1999 two dark and disturbed young men ended the lives of 12 students and one teacher. The Columbine High School massacre will be etched in our minds and hearts forever.
Rachel Joy Scott was the first child killed that day. Rachel was a unique girl. She didn’t care about popularity, and reached out to other students: kids who were new, kids getting picked on and special needs students. Her ongoing life and legacy is shown through Rachel’s Challenge, the largest, most impactful in-school program in the world which creates safer, more connected schools.
Rest In Peace, Rachel. You did not die in vain…

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My Interview With Melissa Fleming

There is no word to describe the loss of a child. I believe it’s too painful to describe.
In 2016, Melissa Fleming and her family were given the worst news imaginable. Their son, Brock, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Not quite 7 at the time, Brock couldn’t understand why he was the only kid in school with brain cancer. Yet, Brock wasn’t deterred. He wanted to “kick cancer in the nuts!”
Click on the link to watch how this brave family dealt with the loss of a child, and how they are continuing Brock’s desire to kick it in the nuts!

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Religion

I don’t believe in organized religion. Religion has been used to hurt people. Personally, I follow Jesus and try to live up to the example He set for us. Jesus was a radical, saying things like “love your enemies,” and “pray for those who persecute you.” One thing He didn’t do was bring the world more religion. He showed us the true character of God.

Religion will continue. The rules of religion (no drinking or dancing etc) will remain. I simply study the life of the One who redeemed and restored hurting people…

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Perspective

We celebrated Valentines Day a few days ago. Restaurants, florists and candy manufacturers got a healthy boost of cash flow, allowing them to survive until Easter and Mother’s Day. I believe if we care for someone, we should show them regularly. But before I start sounding like Ebenezer Scrooge, let’s take a look at where this big day comes from.

Saint Valentine was a 3rd century bishop who cared for Christians who were persecuted during the Roman Empire. He is associated with courtly love, and was martyred on February 14, 269 AD. We honor his memory on Valentines Day every year.

I want to encourage you to take a moment every day to show your loved ones that you care about them. Maybe it’s a quick phone call, a short note left where they can find it, or flowers for no reason at all. People need to know they are in your thoughts, and in your heart…

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My interview with Christian Moore, Part 1

Christian Moore is an internationally renowned speaker, author and founder of the WhyTry program which teaches resilience to kids in schools.
Christian is an expert on resilience. He wrote “The Resilience Breakthrough,” selling well over 100,000 copies. But Christian Moore is a name we probably should have never heard of.
Moore grew up without much structure in his home. He has multiple learning disabilities, reading at only a 7th grade level. Yet through hard work, perseverance and yes, resilience, Christian holds a master’s degree from Brigham Young University.
In part one of our three-part interview, you will learn about his crazy upbringing, and about the wonderful people God placed in his life that shaped and guided him.

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