Leftovers
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Leftovers

I love leftovers. Ever since I was a kid, I have gained a deep sense of satisfaction from scavenging through the fridge, finding some important ingredients, and then reheating them into a mouth-watering meal. Most of my family does not share this passion or skill for cultivating leftovers into something great. The meat and sides...

Backpedaling
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Backpedaling

A week or so ago, I was helping coach one of our kid’s soccer games. It was a pretty close game and the referee was struggling. It seemed more difficult than normal for her to get to the correct vantage point to make the best calls. And then…in the middle of live play, while she...

Impact
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Impact

This is Memorial Day weekend. For many, it’s a time to see family and friends, fire up the grill, compete in some yard games and maybe even roast marshmallows…but it is so much more. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated after the Civil war. Throughout our American history, thousands of men and women...

Crime Scene Investigation
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Crime Scene Investigation

A few nights ago, I went to a local auto parts store to pick up some oil. Since I’ve had a car, I’ve almost always changed my own oil…it saves a few bucks (usually) and I can do it whenever it fits into my schedule best. During this last oil change, however, I switched up...

To mask or not to mask
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To mask or not to mask

Earlier today, I was typing out my sermon and I overheard a conversation between some people from the neighboring businesses related to the change in the mask mandate. “Did you hear about the change in the mask order?” “Yeah, I’m not sure what to think.” “I know, I’ve kind of gotten used to being able...

The flowers
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The flowers

A few days ago, I was able to bike the trails out by Smithville Lake. It was early in the morning and the temperature was just about perfect. I jumped on a trail and took a different turn than I had my previous time (of course not a wrong turn….just different 😊). After several twists...