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Milestones

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“Milestones are installed to provide linear referencing points along the road. This can be used to reassure travelers that the proper path is being followed, and to indicate either distance traveled or the remaining distance to a destination” (Wikipedia, “Milestone,” 2021). Life is full of milestones. The first words. First steps. The first day of school. Learning to ride a bike. Driving a car for the first time. The first job. Graduation. Marriage. A new baby. Some milestones we anticipate and celebrate. Others, like mile markers on the side of the highway, we pass by without paying much attention. Several are celebrating the milestone of high school and college graduation right now. This is a monumental and stressful time for our children and our parents! Whether it’s high school or college graduation, we, as parents, wonder if “the training” is complete. Is it enough? Have we taught them well? Are… reassure travelers that the proper path is being followed, and to indicate either distance traveled or the remaining distance to a destination” (Wikipedia, “Milestone,” 2021). Life is full of milestones. The first words. First steps. The first day of […]
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Just Like You and Me

Just Like You and Me

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What does it mean to be famous? What makes someone a hero? What qualities determine a person’s celebrity status? Who determines the characteristics of the brave? If one has done exemplary things or has become an influencer, then why is their status elevated? At some point in our lives, we all dream about being famous. We dream about gaining wealth and celebrity status. We mentally go through what if situations that may make us the hero. We calculate the amount of courage or bravery we might need if we happen to find ourselves in the “right place at the right time.” I have met famous people. I have a picture with Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice). I shook the hand of the famous comedian Sinbad. I have ridden in an elevator with Chris Tomlin. I have sat a few feet from Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech Basketball Coach, while eating…ebrity status? Who determines the characteristics of the brave? If one has done exemplary things or has become an influencer, then why is their status elevated? At some point in our lives, we all dream about being famous. […]
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Consumer Religion

Consumer Religion

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Whenever and company is considering moving a part of their business to a certain area of the country, they conduct a consumer demographic of the area to see if the area will support their business. They will survey the area to find out the median age, salary level, family size, and interests of the community. They want to know what the community wants and whether they can provide it to them. They then, if possible and the consumer index is healthy with a future for profit, design and modify the business to conform to the community and their perceived needs or wants. This is a marketing technique used by almost all successful business enterprises. To understand this kind of thinking, it may be good to define some terms. By Consumer goods, I am talking about goods that directly or indirectly satisfy human wants whether real or perceived. The word “consume”…, they conduct a consumer demographic of the area to see if the area will support their business. They will survey the area to find out the median age, salary level, family size, and interests of the community. […]
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Fruit of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-24‬) Spring is here and blossoms are opening on the trees, the flowers, and even many fruit-bearing plants like strawberries. Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits.  Even though they’re one of the earliest seasonal fruits, they’re still the result of a growing process.   Strawberries have to start out as baby plants that are offshoots from a mother plant.  Then, they build themselves up from their own newly formed roots and produce blossoms, from which the fruit starts to form.  After the fruit ripens, the strawberries are ready to eat, if the birds don’t get them first! This whole process is not unlike the way we bear fruit in our…leness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-24‬) Spring is here and blossoms are opening on the trees, the flowers, and even […]
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