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Thursday; April 19

When our young family moved to Pierre, South Dakota in the summer of 1992 we were excited about the new adventure.We had never lived in that part of the country, nor had we been so close to the workings of State Government.Living in Pierre is neat experience because, since it is the second smallest state capital in the United States, you get to experience civics and politics up-close-and-personal.Less than a year later, we became well aware of just how much of a small town Pierre was.On April 19, 1993 Governor George Mikkelson, members of his staff and business advisers were killed in an airplane crash.The community was devastated.Just about everyone in town had a connection to the incident.For some, is was a personal relationship with one of the people on the plane, for others it was through their jobs with the state.Even though it has been twenty-five years since the incident I still recall the initial hurt and the subsequent numbness that overwhelmed a small town in the Northern Pl…

Wednesday; April 18

Would you like to be able to give someone something that would make their lives better?How many of us have laid in bed at night, contemplating what we would do if we suddenly struck it rich.After paying for the new boat and the condo on the beach, many of us have pondered what we could do with some of the money to make a difference. The reality is that we probably aren’t going to come into a substantial amount of money – but, that doesn’t mean that we can’t help others.Here are a few things we can give the world that will make it better: 1)We can give a smile.There is nothing that brightens people day any quicker than a genuine smile.Just by looking someone in the eye and smiling at them, we might be able to alleviate some of the stress and disappointment they are feeling. 2)We can give a compliment.Flattery won’t get us everywhere, but genuine compliments can make a difference.People are constantly being reminded of their failures, let’s help them enjoy their successes. 3)We can give a h…

Tuesday; April 17

Right about this time each year I have to have a little talk with myself.Since I typically have to “pay in” on my tax responsibilities, I am not one of the ones who files their taxes any earlier than necessary.Hey if the mid-April deadline is good enough for them, it is good enough for me.Sometime around April 15 each year I have to remind myself how I benefit from paying taxes.When I look at the amount I pay, I have to stop and think about where my money goes.No, I don’t crack open the federal budget, but I do look around and see the value I get for what I pay.Not only do I receive benefits such as infrastructure, protection and security, but a portion of what I pay helps others.In a sense, by paying taxes I can do a little good for the people around me who can’t do it on their own. As I thought about this, I got to thinking about my contribution to the church.Sure, I realize the Christian obligation that comes with Paul’s message to the Corinthian church , “On thefirstdayof every wee…

Monday; April 16

Late Saturday afternoon I participated in the suburban sport known as “speed mowing”.While I can’t speak for everyone, I think that most of us are familiar with the game that has its roots in precipitation and procrastination.As I was finishing up my supper I looked outside and realized my lawn needed some attention.When I took a glance at my schedule and the weather forecast I realized that unless I got right on the task, by the time I got around to it I was going to have to bail my grass or rent it out for pasture.I hurried through my supper, asked Alexia how much time I had before sundown and headed out the door.I hustled to get the job done before I ran out of natural light.(I think it would have looked silly to mount a flashlight on my mower, butsometimes a guy has to do what a guy has to do.)I have to admit that Alexia is pretty smart because she was right on point and I finished as the last streams of light faded into the horizon. While I was happy to get my grass mowed, it got …

Friday; April 13

Early on in Jesus’ ministry He appears to go on record asto what His disciples (and His adversaries) could expect from Him.One certainty was controversy.Jesus made a lot of startling statements throughout His life, many of which come in what is called the Sermon on the Mount.One such statement is, “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:20)The scribes had become the “experts” in the Law of Moses and the Pharisees consisted of some of the most religious people in the nation, so this statement was bound to raise some questions (as well as some ire).How could Jesus’ disciples become more righteous than those who had dedicated their careers to religion?The answer is found in those two “r” words – righteousness and religion.Jesus’ disciples were to practice His religion, but they were also to emulate His righteousness.They were supposed to demonstrate their love for God in the way th…

Thursday; April 12

Have you ever thought about how early Christianity spread?  Many of us are familiar with how the church was formed in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, but how did it get from that one fixed point to changing the world?  I am sure there were several things that came together to create growth and expansion, but interestingly enough, one of the them was persecution.  After Christianity got off to such a rousing start in the home of Judaism, the Christians began to feel pressure and were forced out of the city.  Interestingly, the early Christians didn’t leave their faith at home, like Johnny Appleseed they took it with them and spread it wherever they went.  The Bible tells us, “Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.”.(Acts 8:4)The believers refused to deny their beliefs and that was the beginning of something wonderful. When I think of the sedentary world in which Christianity was born it gets me to thinking how easy it should be to spread the message to…

Wednesday; April 11

Ninety-seven years ago our world changed.Some of you might not have heard of this, but it was on April 11, 1921 that radio station KDKA in Pittsburg completed the first broadcast of a sporting event when Florent Gibson announced the boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.I don’t know if anyone knows who won this match (and I don’t think that history really cares), but what began on that day has had a huge impact on the world.In the last century sports has become so important to our society that we have regional sports stations, 24-hour sports channels, pay-per-view channels, talk radio sports channels, sport-specific electronic print, electronic and digital magazines.Sports is a major money maker – both through legitimate and illegal means.We are passionate about our sports! What would happen if we took as much interest in our social issues as we do our sporting events?How much good could be done if 2 million people would gather each summer to help the homeless in downtown L…