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Have you ever looked up the definition of abomination? According to dictionary.com an abomination is 1) anything abominable; anything greatly disliked or abhorred. 2) intense aversion or loathing; detestation: 3) a vile, shameful, or detestable action, condition, habit, etc.

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My wife came up with a great idea for our family. Over the summer we are all going to journal every day. She purchased journals for everyone to have and we had a discussion as a family as to what to put in them. The idea is to pick a topic every week and focus on that topic. While doing so, …

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If you are a consistent reader of this column you are aware that I have been working on a side landscaping project. Before I even started the project I had to have a plan on how to make it work. In any design the designer is limited to the confines of the space where the project is created. …

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The other day I went grocery shopping with my wife. I used to really despise grocery shopping. In fact I used to despise all forms of shopping. I have grown to learn that shopping is actually quite fun because I get to spend one on one time with my wife. I have learned to focus on the positi…

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There are people in this world that are socially awkward. I was speaking with a young man about that very topic earlier this week. This young man confided in me that when he gets into social situations (especially when there are pretty girls around) he feels uncomfortable. During the convers…

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In the book of Matthew there is an interesting monologue from Jesus to his disciples. In Chapter 10, Jesus gives instructions to the disciples before he sends them out to do God’s work. I recently read this monologue from Jesus and I found some of his teachings very interesting.

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I love this time of the year. The weather has warmed up and new life is coming to the world. I love watching Spring come alive. In the central part of the United States the first plant to show it’s beauty is the forsythia plant. It produces beautiful bright yellow flowers. The forsythia are …

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I have recently started working on a landscaping project. I am excited about it. I will be completely transforming this yard. Before a yard can be transformed it has to be taken apart. After the “old stuff” is removed the “new stuff” can be put into place. Part of removing the “old stuff” on…

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Every other Tuesday I attend a couples Bible study with some friends. In our Bible study we are reading the book of Romans. This past Tuesday we read chapter six.

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I recently went to to see the movie The Drop Box. The Drop Box is a movie about a Pastor in Seoul, South Korea who felt the desire to solve a problem and secure the sanctity of life. In South Korea there is an epidemic where young women abandon their newborn babies in the streets. These youn…

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This past weekend I had one of the best nights I have ever had. Last Saturday I took my daughter Abby to a Father/Daughter dance. Abby is six years old and had been anticipating the dance for weeks. She had picked out and ordered a dress to wear to the dance and watched the mail, asking me d…

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Life is uncertain and unexpected things can happen in the blink of an eye. These moments of un-expectancy can either be good or bad, one never knows. In times of hardship and tragedy they can be bad, but during times of fun and laughter an unexpected moment can fill your heart and home with …

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In the Kagin family we do Bible study on Monday evenings. I believe the most important thing a parent can do is pass on knowledge of the Bible to his or her children. The Bible contains the foundation of truth in our world and children need to know what truth is and where it comes from becau…

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I have figured out the secret of life. I am serious. I honestly believe the secret to life is to keep Jesus the center of your life at all times. Keeping Jesus at the center of your life can be very difficult because we are very often distracted by what life brings our way. You never know wh…

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God continually pursues a love relationship with us that is real and personal. That is a topic most people don’t think about, the fact that God pursues us. God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. Have you ever stopped to ponder the fact that the almighty creator of the heavens…

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I recently said goodbye to a dear friend named Sheila who went to be with the Lord. Sheila was a good woman who had served her church faithfully for forty three years. I reflected on her life during the service and the many medical hardships Sheila had been through in the past 25 years. Shei…

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Do you know what an epiphany is? There are two different concepts of epiphany, one is worldly and the other religious. In the secular world, an epiphany is “a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, home…

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I attended Mass last Sunday in the Abbey at Benedictine College. It was a beautiful service. A Catholic service is different from a Protestant service. I didn’t grow up in either background (I became a Christian as an adult at age 26, but that is another story), so I enjoy all services. If p…

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The other day I read the story from the Bible about Jesus’s birth. The book of Luke tells the story in chapters one and two. I have read the story of Jesus’s birth many times but when I read it the other night I thought about the story in a new way.

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I have been making an effort to be more faithful with my morning devotionals lately. Through the years I have fluctuated in my consistency to do morning devotionals and I have also learned through the years that they are important. A morning devotional gets the day started on the right track…

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It is funny how life can remind us of lessons. At times we have a tendency to forget what we already know. The hurriedness of life gets in the way and when that happens it is possible for life to be thrown out of balance. I don’t know about you, but for me, when life is out of balance I am n…

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I really believe that one of the secrets in life for true happiness is to relinquish expectations. Think about it. Why do things bother you? I would argue that the reason we are bothered by anything in life is directly related to our expectations of life in certain situations.

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