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Assembling Your Own “Team of Rivals”
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In 2005, Pulitzer Prize winning American historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, wrote “A Team of Rivals.” The crux of the book, is that one of Lincoln’s greatest strengths was to assemble a cabinet made up of men who had actually been his political rivals. And some were outright enemies! Why? Because they were some of the most knowledgeable in their fields and he knew the value of hearing opinions and ideas different from his own to make the best decisions. So what does that have to do with you and me?

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Intentional Grandparenting
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A few weeks ago, my wife Susan and I listened to a radio interview of Larry Fowler, who runs The Legacy Coalition.  TLC has as it’s mission, to encourage grandparents to be more intentional about their spiritual legacy. What follows are Larry’s answers to Dr. James Dobson’s questions.

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Online “Worship” During Covid
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When our church shut down in-person worship services and went online, I really didn’t mind. No getting dressed up and driving to church. Susan and I could have plenty of hot coffee and watch the service on Apple TV in our living room. What’s not to like about that?

Well, aside from the lack of fellowship, we found we missed both the majesty and intimacy of live worship and singing. Morning after morning, we just watched the worship team “lead us in worship.” It felt odd. They were worshiping, but what were we doing? Watching worship? Just listening to a sermon?

While many churches have opened up, at least partially, most have limited seating, so the majority of people will continue to worship at home. Or will they?

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What’s On Your Bucket List?
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A dozen years ago the movie, “The Bucket List” was popular. Jack Nicholson, a white billionaire, and Morgan Freeman, a black auto mechanic meet in the hospital and find they have only one thing in common- they both have a terminal illness. So they make a “bucket list” of the things they really wanted to experience before they die. So, they check themselves out of the hospital, jump on a private jet and the adventure begins.

The year that movie came out I was asked to preach at a large church out of state. The pastor was going on vacation for a month and invited the of us  guest teachers to each talk on the topic, “My Bucket List- If I Had Only A Year To Live.” The pastor who invited us, set the pattern he hoped we would follow, by preaching the first of the series. He had his list of ten fun, or meaningful things he wanted to do, mostly with his family.

Frankly, I was appalled.

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