Quote of the Week

“We will all die one day. That is one of the few things we can be sure of. But will we die well? That is less certain. Dying well means dying for others, making our lives fruitful for those we leave behind. The big question, therefore, is not ‘What can I still do in the years I have left to live?’ but ‘how can I prepare myself for my death so that my life can continue to bear fruit in the generations that will follow me?

Henry Nouwen



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How Not to Confess Your Sin

Unless you took your honeymoon in August, you're probably aware that the United States did very well at the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro--with one glaring exception. 

Toward the end of the Games, celebrated American swimmer Ryan Lochte, 32, and three of his younger swimming buddies, gave America a black eye by some atrocious behavior outside the pool.

I was saddened by what happened, but even more troubled by the way Lochte handled it.

I've been in numerous settings where I've shared with others how to confess their sins. What gave me the authority to do it?  Being a sinner myself , making mistakes, learning from them, and also devouring quite a bit of literature on the power of confession and forgiveness.

One thing we can learn from Ryan Lochte is how not to confess your sin. 

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Great Life Lessons from the Olympics

I enjoyed participating in many sports when when I was young.  Basketball was my favorite, but I also played football and track & field competitively while minoring in golf, tennis, bowling and other athletic pursuits.

One memory tells the tale about how sports motivated me. I would watch various competitions on television and the adrenaline would begin to flow. After the event ended, I remember rising from my chair in the living room, going outside and doing a full sprint across our yard, hurdling a three foot fence with gusto!

If I tried doing that today, I'm sure I would beak both legs and end up in the hospital.

Sports motivated me. It also taught me many valuable lessons that I continue to apply in the more important areas of life.

Here are some of the great lessons from the current Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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