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    A Legacy of Character

    The Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Philippines was in the center of the nation’s news the past couple of weeks. An exposé alerted the public to the BOC’s random inspection of balikbayan boxes without the proper representation of the recipients. (“Balikbayan boxes” are packages of personal effects and/or gift

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    Beyond Whatever

    “Whatever!” The use of this word as an informal assertion expresses “a reluctance to discuss something, implying indifference, skepticism, or exasperation.” Oftentimes it is dismissive of an issue or topic that one is confronted with. It signals the attitude that refuses to be bothered with any further discussion or prodding.

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    Get Off the Shelf

    On the wall at the end of our breakfast table at home, there is a shelf of bottles containing different spices—30 in all. These bottles look exactly alike, except for the labels printed on each of them that identify the spice each contains. The shelf and the bottles together make

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    Springs of Living Water

    We drove to Vancouver for our mission trip last month. We knew that along I-5 we would be passing Shasta Lake. It was one of our favorite sights whenever we would go that way. But this time, when Shasta Lake came into view, our hearts sank. It was a depressing

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    Appropriate Prayer?

    Redwood City recently suspended all prayers at its city council meetings. This was in response to the complaints against a prayer of invocation that, among other things, expressed disagreement with the SCOTUS decisions concerning same-sex marriage, abortion, and other issues. Some objected that the prayer did not make them “feel

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    The Scripture Universe

    You may have noticed a recent trend in filmmaking. A number of movies and TV shows over the past few years have formed “an interconnected narrative web of stories.” In particular, these are films that feature the Marvel superheroes. To refer to this web of stories, someone coined the phrase

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    The Last Word

    Bible publishers Thomas Nelson and Zondervan have become the target of a $70 million lawsuit. The plaintiff claims “that [the publishers’] version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress.” Full disclosure: I believe that the Bible is

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    Exhaust System

    Oh, the challenges of home ownership! Last week I noticed that the airflow of our clothes dryer exhaust vent was rather weak. Sometime ago I had read about lint buildup in dryer exhaust ducts and the fire hazard such buildups present. So I tried to clean out the ducts, and

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    Celebrate Freedom

    July 4th is the day when America celebrates its freedom. It’s all about “independence”—being “free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority.” For a nation such as the United States, it’s about the freedom to govern itself without foreign interference. This is a good thing, something worth celebrating. Yet,

  • Dwell In Christ

    Driving home after dropping off Grace at her workplace, I switched on the car radio and heard the following declaration in song by Matthew West:   I am no longer defined by all the wreckage behind. The one who makes all things new has proven it’s true … Hello, my

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    About Jesus

    The Purpose God created us to have a loving relationship with him. This is a relationship where God is properly acknowledged as the sole authority in life. This is a relationship where God’s will, purpose, and values are acknowledged and lived out. And God promises his blessing to those who