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There’s something in the water around here. That’s got to be the answer. I’ve been trying to drink a lot more of it lately. Maybe that’s not a good thing. Ever heard about “getting bent outta shape?” I’ve got a finger that’s getting bent. I’ve got one bony old finger that has developed a def…

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“We don’t have your rooms, Mr. St. John.” Those are the words a tour leader never wants to hear. The words weren’t, “We don’t have your rooms ready, Mr. St. John, because housekeeping is running a little behind.” Or “We don’t have your rooms ready, Mr. St. John because the laundry is down, a…

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You know you’re getting old when the holidays exhaust you before they even get here. I think it is mostly the stress of getting everybody shopped for, packages wrapped and planning that fantastic meal that all the family so looks forward to. 

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The internet is chock full of get-rich-quick scams. Have you read any of the spams in your email telling you about the wealth you are missing? According to the advertisements, you can make a gazillion bucks the first month working part-time. You can buy a vacation home in Hawaii, send the ki…

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Recently we hosted a small gathering of friends. My wife had worked hard to prepare several dips, spreads, and hors d’oeuvres for the group to go along with the alcoholic punches she conjures up for such occasions. In the middle of the party, I walked to the refrigerator and pulled out a blo…

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The first four chapters of Exodus detail the awesome providence of our sovereign God. Moses was a Hebrew baby born in Egypt at a time when male Hebrew babies were being killed at the order of Pharaoh.  God provided a way for Moses not only to survive but to be brought up in the household of …

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Even though Sarah came up with the plan for Abraham to father a child by Hagar, when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, quite naturally Sarah became resentful.  Hagar fled but after being confronted by God, she returned to the home of Abraham and Sarah.   After Sarah gave birth to Isaac, she told …

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Abram and Sarai got impatient waiting on the promise of the Lord.  Sarai sent her servant, Hagar, into Abram’s arms.   Hagar conceived and quite expectedly Sarai became jealous and resentful.  Hagar fled to the desert to escape mistreatment from Sarai.  Hagar stopped beside a spring in the d…

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A strange phenomenon occurred after I opened our first fine-dining restaurant in 1987. It’s still happening. Most people assume the chef/owner of an upscale establishment must eat upscale food all of the time. They picture a life filled with micro greens, waygu beef, caviar, and foie gras. N…

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The book of Job finds the main character, God, teaching a majestic doctrinal truth about His worthiness.  Job will learn that the Creator is worthy of reverence, worship, and awe because of who He is regardless of what He does or does not do. God used the rebellion of Satan to teach this mar…

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Sometimes in the scriptures, God asks questions.   We would be wise to pay attention to His questions.  The questions God asks are certainly designed to get you and me to carefully examine our condition, motivations, attitudes and actions.  Let’s consider the event that brought on His first …

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