Attending Religious Services Helps You Live Longer

Many people go to church or synagogue because it makes them feel good, but did you know doing so on a regular basis can actually extend your life? A recent study published by researchers at Yeshiva University and its medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, strongly suggests that weekly attendance at religious services reduces the risk of death by approximately 20 percent. The researchers evaluated the religious practices of […]

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Thanksgiving Trivia

In the fall of 1621, the religious separatist Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regard as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. It eventually became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to […]

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What does it mean to tithe?

As a devoted follower of Christ, I am in many ways saddened by the state of the Christian Church as an institution, and I will be addressing some of those issues in upcoming blogs.  There are many who share my thoughts.  On Monday morning I listed my status on Facebook as “Frustrated with Organized Religion.”  For the next day my email inbox sounded like popcorn – I was peppered with […]

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New Book Helps Unmarried Couples Answer the Tough Questions

Find the Answers to Your Questions About Marriage Before You Walk Down the Aisle… Getting married is the biggest decision of a lifetime. Now couples can make it with confidence, knowing what questions to ask to ensure their compatibility for a life of happiness together. A new book by author Amy Hammond Hagberg will be released on September 2nd to address those very questions. 100 Answers to 100 Questions to […]

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My Most Embarrassing Moment

Just in case you need a little humor in your life… When our first child was born we lived in a small, quiet, lakeside community in Minnesota. It’s one of those villages with lovely winding roads, parks and sailboats… you can picture it. One summer weekend my husband was up in the Boundary Waters with a group of students so I was home alone with our newborn. I was sterilizing her […]

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Winds of Change

It seems like life is one transition after another.  Some are obviously life-changing:  giving birth, the death of a loved one, or a walk down the aisle.  Others seem less significant, but in actuality are highly impacting. This fall our eldest daughter moved away to attend college about seven hours from home. I knew it would be a difficult transition for me because Kaia and I are very close and […]

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What are you thankful for?

I’m kind of considered the gourmet cook in our family. What can I say; I really enjoy cooking (my kids were eating epicurean delights from the time they were wee babies). So when it comes time for family holidays I like to show off a little. No simple dishes for me; the harder the recipe is the better I like it. Several years ago we had 25 people over to […]

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Everything Changes in the Blink of an Eye

This summer my 19-year-old daughter Kaia went on a mission trip to Guatemala with an incredible group called Side By Side Ministries.  They served at a 400-child orphanage called Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos where they spent ten days constructing a tilapia pond so the children could have fresh fish to eat.  It was a grueling, but amazing life-changing trip for the students as they showed God’s love to children half a […]

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Fear of Tight Spaces

While the technician strapped me down and slowly eased me into the tube I kept my eyes tightly shut.  Then the motion stopped and I cautiously opened them. A new surge of panic enveloped me. I have claustrophobia.  Now, if you ask ten people if they like small spaces, nine of them would answer in the negative; nobody really LIKES being in closed spaces.  But the majority of people are certainly able to tolerate them to […]

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Find Your Wings

This Sunday was Senior Sunday at church.  An annual tradition, the service features the talents of some special senior students involved in the youth ministry.  My daughter happens to be one of those “super seniors”… if there was something going on at youth group she would likely have a leadership role. Kaia’s been singing in the youth band ever since she was a freshman.  That meant she was leading worship […]

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