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Through my share of good times and probably more than my share of challenges, I've learned that life is hard, but God is good — so I've always tried to put my faith into action and keep my sense of humor. This Web site has been my labor of love since 1997 — I sincerely hope that it blesses and empowers you.

Have We Lost The Privacy War? 110

Social networking sites collect your private data — and then make billions of dollars every year, selling that data to anyone who’s willing to pay for it.

The NSA tracks, documents — and possibly even records — your private cell phone conversations.

Web sites track and record your every move on the Internet.

Google, and other online email providers, digitally read all of your outgoing — and even incoming — email messages, [more...]

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More Than I Do

From 1989-2995, my wife and I spent 6.5 years helping a victim of domestic violence raise her two little daughters and get her life back on track, after her abusive husband kicked her out of their house when she refused to abort the younger girl.

In 1994, while discussing marriage with those two girls — who had become my goddaughers; aged 12 and 5 — the older girl asked me how she would know when she found the right man to marry.

I told them both, “Don’t get married until you find a man who [more...]

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Absolutely Nothing?

War, huh, yeah! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!
War by Edwin Starr, 1969.

I was a kid when the war in Vietnam was on the nightly news every night, and that anti-war song was very, very popular.

Back then, I completely agreed with its message.

Even now, I still mostly agree with its message — although I can also sympathize with the many, many people who believe that, sometimes, war is a necessary evil.

The problem I see is that it’s [more...]

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Sunrise, Sunset

The Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof contains a song — Sunrise, Sunset — that I think is very memorable and poignant:

Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don’t remember growing older. When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty? When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small?

Sunrise, sunset. Sunrise, sunset. Swiftly flow the days.
Seedlings turn
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How Heartbleed Works

By now, you’ve probably heard of a bug that “affects the entire Internet.”

News stories on TV, on the radio, and in newspapers and magazines have all been trying to explain what the “Heartbleed” bug is, and how it works.

Those of us who already understand how it works know that, unfortunately, many of the people who create those Heartbleed news stories really don’t understand how it works and why it’s a security problem for so many people.

If they really understood, they wouldn’t be handing out so much bad information and bad advice about it. A few nights ago, I saw a [more...]

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For The Dogs 6

This past Sunday was the date of the annual greyhound adoption charity’s fundraising event that I’m involved with.

So I spent the day walking around the entire event, taking photos and videos for that event’s Web site that I’ve been maintaining since I started eight or nine years ago.

In the past, I’ve almost always had time to publish my photos within a couple of hours after I’ve gotten home — and then publish my edited video(s) several days later.

But, this year, my ministry has been [more...]

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Connections 27

A few days ago, I told you that my friend Al and I had ministered together at our local “tent city” of homeless people.

And I told you that after we finished doing several of my songs and sharing some testimony, a few people came up to talk with us or to ask for prayer.

One of those people was a man named “J.R.,” who asked us to pray with him, because he wanted to give his life to Christ.

Afterward, J.R. followed Al to his pickup truck, where Al continued to listen to his story [more...]

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Her First Time

She’s 70 years old, so she’s lived a long life.

Chances are, she’s had at least one husband.

And some children.

And some grandchildren.

And probably some great-grandchildren.

Some [more...]

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Can They Hear The Difference?

I’ve been playing the guitar since I was 12 years old — and boy, are my fingers tired. ;)

Although I’m not a great guitar player, I’ve been playing long enough that I can hear the difference between the sound of a really good 12-string guitar and that of a not-so-good one.

I can also hear that my really good 12-string guitar sounds even better every time I put new strings on it.

Similarly, everyone knows that the incredibly expensive [more...]

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Eat Your Veggies?

Whenever anyone asks me what kinds of food I like to eat, I usually tell them that I’m a strict vegetarian — except at mealtimes.

For decades, vegetarians have lived among us, eschewing meat and meat products.

And often making the carnivores around them feel less-evolved — like they’re wild, savage, cave people.

They’ve told us all of the advantages of vegetarian life: being thinner, being healthier, [more...]

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