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“Look at the birds in the air. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them.” Matthew 6:26 (NCV)


Consider the earth!

Our globes weight has been estimated at six sextillion tons (a six with twenty-one zeroes). Yet it is precisely tilted at twenty-three degrees; any more or any less and our seasons would be lost in a melted polar flood. Though our globe revolves at the rate of one-thousand miles per hour or twenty-five thousand miles per day or nine million miles per year, none of us tumbles into orbit….

As you stand … observing God’s workshop, let me pose a few questions

If he is able to place the stars in their sockets and suspend the sky like a curtain, do you think it is remotely possible that God is able to guide your life?  If your God is mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that he is mighty enough to light your path?  If he cares enough about the planet Saturn to give it rings or Venus to make it sparkle, is there an outside chance that he cares enough about you to meet your needs?

By Max Lucado
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“I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”  Acts 20:24

Thought

How important is grace?

Paul said that God’s grace and telling others about that grace were more important than his own life! In fact, sharing God’s grace with others no matter the cost was Paul’s life!

Prayer

Almighty God, Holy Father, thank you for your lavish grace demonstrated and fully expressed in sending Jesus to die for me. As your child, and in thanks to your sacrificial gift, I pledge to you my life, my love, and my all. Through Jesus. Amen.

By Phil Ware
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Trading Flaws for Grace – by Kathy Cheek

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While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:10-13)


When I became a Christian at age 22, I thought church was only for perfect people. Or at least people who could act perfectly on Sunday mornings. I didn’t understand that the purpose of the church is to give a hand to the sick, not to pat the healthy on the back: ““It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” (Matthew 9:12)

Author Brennan Manning put it this way:

“The church is not a museum for saints but a hospital for sinners.

That’s encouraging, because I often don’t feel much like a saint. Do saints lose patience with their brothers and sisters in Christ? Lose their temper? Sometimes even lose that passionate fire for the gospel?

But if we come to Jesus, acknowledging that we’re “the sick,” we always find a seat at His table reserved for us each time we gather. Plus, we can minister God’s healing grace and love to anyone there with us in the hospital called the church.

Is it time to admit you’re sick? Is it time for you to encourage the hurting in your church?

Jesus, thank You that You came to heal me and welcome me to Your table. I open up my heart for You to heal me today. Massage my old scars so that nothing gets in the way of me fully obeying You. Help me minister Your love and healing to my brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.

The next time you’re together with other believers, humbly ask for prayer if life’s been a battle for you lately. If you’re doing OK, make a point of praying for or encouraging someone who’s struggling.

by Darren Hewer
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Jesus, Friend of Sinner – by Rick Thiessen

• Another Man’s Righteousness – by Rich Vega

Too Sinful to Save? – by Charles Stanley

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Peter declared, “Even if all fall away I will not”. “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today yes tonight, before the rooster crows twice, you yourself will disown me three times.” But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the sameMark 14:29-31.

Sometimes our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness. Peter was tough and fearless, declaring to all his allegiance to his master. When he cut off the man’s ear in the garden, he proved it. But later the rooster crowed as Peter denied knowing him.

My being the oldest brought high expectations from my eager parents. Early, repetitive training produced common traits found in a firstborn. But the things that come naturally to us can be our greatest downfall. I often forget this, attributing successes to my own abilities and strengths. Then pride begins to settle quietly in my heart.

Jesus said, “What do you have that you have not been given?” All of us were born with the gifts, abilities, and IQ we possess. We have nothing to boast about.

Jesus is our greatest example.

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness … he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death” (Philippians 2:6-8).

What about you, Christian friend? What is it that comes easily for you? Thank God for what you have been given. Let’s use what comes easily not only for our own interests, but for the interests of others, bringing glory to our Lord. And remember, though we may fall because of pride, he remains faithful. Jesus told Peter, “When you return to me, strengthen your brothers.” Later God used his talents through the Holy Spirit to lead his Church.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me your Spirit showing me the awful sin of pride. Help me to bring you honor and glory to you through all that you have blessed me to do in this life.

Today: Thank God often for all the gifts and abilities he has given you so that you could serve people around you in his strength.

By Rich Vega
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“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Psalm 16:11


Today’s verse tells us, “You will make known to me the way of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” What a promise! This scripture teaches that for us as God’s children, the delight of our Father’s presence is beyond measure and always available.

To help us appreciate this profound spiritual joy, let’s think about the pleasure derived from a more mundane source—a summer garden. In full bloom, a flower bed can be a riot of color, with variations of green, red, yellow, purple, white, and more. Blossoms release fragrance into air that is often filled with birdsong. It’s a treat for our senses.

But delight in God’s presence surpasses that of any human experience. In Him, the psalm says, we find “fullness of joy.” What’s more, His goodness is not dependent upon circumstances; it is always accessible—even when life is filled with concerns and hardships.

God’s presence and the blessings it brings will endure for all eternity. But cultivating a heart of gratitude, prayer, and worship can help us experience deep delight now. As we draw near Him, we will find solace in sorrow, strength in weakness, and hope in despair—all of which add to the fullness of our joy.

By Dr. Charles Stanley
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God is My Delight – by Katherine Kehler

• My Great Delight – by Phil Ware

Delight Yourself in the Lord – by Vonette Bright

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As a believer in Christ, don’t focus on yourself.

Focus on all that you have in Christ! “How’s life?” someone asks. And we who’ve been resurrected from the dead say, “Well, things could be better.” Or, “Couldn’t get a parking place.” Or, “My parents won’t let me move to Hawaii.”

Are you so focused on what you don’t have that you’re blind to what you do?  Paul asks in Philippians 2:1,

“Have you received any encouragement? Any fellowship? Any consolation? Then don’t you have reason for joy?”

You’re blood-bought and heaven-made. A child of God! So be grateful, joyful. For isn’t it true – what you don’t have is much less than what you do? Don’t focus on yourself; focus on all that you have in Christ!

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Life Can Bring Joy out of Sorrow – by Norma Becker

• Joy in Hard Times – by Caroline Bellemare

Count it All Joy – by Katherine Kehler

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Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed even whom I have made” Isaiah 43: 1-7

The 2008 Beijing Olympics is history. The Bird’s Nest stadium is now quiet, it’s main mission accomplished and ready for a retrofit as a soccer stadium.

Each participating athlete has his or her own story to tell, but none is more poignant or notorious than the story of Michael Phelps, whose Olympic achievement – eight gold medals in Beijing, 14 over all – is astonishing in itself. But set against the backdrop of his early years and a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder, his performance is even more awe-inspiring. Let this be a lesson for all those who don’t fit the mold: Don’t let anyone count you out.

Before he became the greatest Olympian ever, Michael Phelps was a kid who was bullied because he had big ears and a lisp. A teacher once told his mother he’d never be successful because he couldn’t focus.

We’ve watched amazing athletes.  Not a one got to the Olympics by being unfocused and undisciplined.  Dreams of gold can’t be realized without incredibly long hard days and years of focused training.

But there is more to the story. Phelps achieved his amazing Olympic accomplishment, with the help of so many others-many unseen people that were there for him to achieve this accomplishment. And the best part of this, he repeatedly gave credit to all these individuals; his mother, sisters, coaches, and teammates. Each had an integral part in his success.

Debbie Phelps, an unbending champion for her son, sought a creative release for his unhinged energy – swimming. And his coach, Bob Bowman, laid out a plan that propelled him into the highest levels of his sport.

Think of the possibilities if the world viewed kids like Phelps for their potential, not for their imperfections. What if every child who faced such obstacles had at least one adult who saw the talent within and became their champion?

The Bible is filled with stories of people who depended on others for support and success. Encouragement is to a team what wind is to a sail – it moves people forward.

Michael Phelps isn’t the only one whose achievements are made possible by the work and services of a support team, so great and so complex, that God alone deserves the credit for making it possible, whether Michael realized it or not.

Eric Liddell in the classic film “Chariots of Fire” said “God made me to run.’ Michael Phelps was made to swim, but it took a lot of work, patience and determination to win the gold, both on his part and on the part of others.

The world was awed by Phelps for his spectacular achievements and the gold medals around his neck. While he became an extraordinary young man, who deserved the public’s respect, he was the awkward, unfocused little boy who ultimately triumphed and became the person God uniquely created him to be.

Remember, God doesn’t make throw aways. Like the US Army recruiting commercial, “be all you can be” and I would add all God made you to “be” and while you are at it – help someone else to go for their gold medal of life.

By John Grant
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Heavenly Father, thank You for my children’s salvation. Thank You for choosing them to be children of mine and Yours. Thank You that You have lavished Your riches and Your inheritance on them, although they could do nothing to earn it or deserve it.

I pray for my children’s legs to walk always with You, not racing ahead, not lagging behind, not wandering off, but day-by-day walking with Jesus, so that He is their constant companion. God, take them where You want them to go and keep them from the places they shouldn’t go. Give them strength to continue when they feel weak. Give them courage to keep on walking with You, even when the road ahead looks uncertain and dim. Give them grace to bridge gaps, to leap walls, to span the separations between people and groups.

I pray for my children’s feet, that You would place them where You want them to stand. Plant their feet on the immovable rock of Jesus. Talk to them when storms come or the world’s attractions try to lure them down its path. Whisper in their ears and to their spirits, “Stand firm.”

Through my children’s arms, always do Your work. Strengthen them, hold them up, and direct them to do whatever You want them to do. Make their time valuable for eternity, not just the quick flash that is the span of their days on earth.

I pray for my children’s hands that they will often fold them in prayer. Make them mighty in prayer. Teach them to pray after Your own heart. Enable them to live their lives so that everyone will see Your signature, “This one is the Lord’s.”

Give my children the patience to wait on You, Lord, so that You may renew their spirits and they may soar as on eagle’s wings.

By Your enabling power, make my children’s will as strong as iron for clinging to what is good and resisting evil. Cause them to be unyielding in following righteousness and rejecting anything not pure, holy, and completely from You. Make their wills toward You as pliable as spun silk when You convict them of sin or following their own ways. Give them tender hearts and teachable spirits for You, God.

I pray for my children’s character, that You will make it strong and godly. Use godly men and women to mold, shape, and weave their character, beliefs, and views of You as You want to make them.

Enable by Your grace that their conscience will be clear. I pray they will keep a short list of accounts with You and quickly acknowledge sin to You and confess their wrongs. Give them the humility to seek forgiveness from the ones they offend. Enlarge their hearts to grant forgiveness freely, even before it is asked, when they are wronged.

I pray for my children’s heart, that You would guard it. Keep them protected, covered, shielded, and sheltered from all harm that seeks to touch them. Make their hearts soft when they should show compassion, firm when “tough love” is required, and always holy.

By Your power, protect their bodies. Keep them well and safe, and heal them when they are sick or injured. Hold them and comfort them when they are afraid, lonely, sad, or discouraged. Give them the strength and the courage to keep on keepin’ on when they feel they cannot any longer.

I pray for my children’s minds, that regarding the things of Christ they will be full of knowledge and wisdom, and regarding the things of sin they will be ignorant. Give them Your wisdom and discernment to evaluate what they see.

Light my children’s eyes with the light of Christ shining within them. Filter what they will see through holy filters. Protect them and keep them, for the devil masquerades as an angel of light. Give them holy understanding to see past the surface, to see the world from Your perspective, and to respond as You would.

Father, put Your Word in my children’s ears and in their hearts frequently. I pray that they will not listen to unwise counsel or foolish talk and will seek Your wisdom and Your ways all their days.

I pray for my children’s mouths, that words of praise and prayer will be on their lips always. Curb them from speaking rashly or without thought, so that they will bring honor and glory to You. I pray for my children’s countenances, that they will reflect Your glory and the radiance of the hope that is alive within them.

Sanctify their pocketbooks, and teach them to be good stewards of what You give them. Teach them the principles of Your economy, the way to manage and use the things that You loan them. Beyond finances and possessions, make them good stewards of their talents, time, and opportunities You send. Help them to acknowledge that everything is Yours, and because of that, they need not worry or fear loss.

I pray that they will abide in righteousness and live worthy of the One who purchased their lives from destruction and eternal death. Show them that life is in Christ alone, that there is no other source of life, joy, light, peace, comfort, love, or truth that can endure forever, and no other is pure or holy but You.

Father-God, I place all these things in Your hands in the name of the One who is able to do all things, beyond anything we ask or imagine, to whom is all glory, honor, and praise, Amen.

-Charley Gunter, praying for Richmond and Margie Louise

Looking at a picture of your children or grandchildren, or with the indelible memory of them before your mind’s eye, pray for them. Set them apart from head-to-toe for God’s purposes and glory. You might include their future mates in this prayer.

by Charley Gunter
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Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. It produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, and patience! Have you asked God to give you some fruit? Well, I once did, but…  But what? Did you, [hmm…] grow impatient? He won’t grow impatient with your pleading, and you will receive patience in your praying.

And while you’re praying, ask for understanding.

Patient people have great understanding” (Proverbs 14:29).

Could it be your impatience stems from a lack of understanding? Patience always hitches a ride with understanding.

A man of understanding holds his tongue” (Proverbs 11:12).

Before you blow up, listen up. Before you strike out, tune in. Before anything else…love is patient!

God is being patient with you (2 Peter 3:9). And if God is being patient with you, can’t you pass on some patience to others? Of course you can! Because before love is anything else—love is patient!

Max Lucado
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Fruit of Patience

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“The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.”  Proverbs 20:7 (NLT)

Scripture and history show us that as goes the home, so goes the society. And generally speaking, as go the fathers, so goes the home. The moral and spiritual condition of the society is always the offspring of the family.

We live in a day and in a culture that tries to minimize fathers, who are so important in the development of their children. The Bible is clear that fathers are to be spiritual leaders in the home. Dads have a vital role in bringing strength and stability to the home.

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-10. It has been called the Magna Carta of the home, which would guarantee the happiness and well-being of the family in the purpose of God. It tells us to love God with all our minds, beings, and strength, and to teach that to our children.

Proverbs 22:6 says this: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” And in Proverbs 13:22, it says: “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.” Most people think of that as a monetary inheritance, but it applies to leaving a spiritual legacy as well.

The role of the father is to plant acorns to grow mighty oak trees. It is more important to leave a spiritual legacy than a financial one.

Fathers should love their children as much as their heavenly Father loves them.

Father, I pray for all fathers that they may rise up and instill the gospel in their children, for the sake of this generation and for generations to come. Amen.

By John Grant
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Give us today our daily bread”.  Matthew 6:11 NIV

We have prayed it hundreds of times….. “Give us THIS DAY our daily bread.” Notice the Bible doesn’t say, Give us today our WEEKLY bread or Give us today our YEARLY bread.

God wants us to trust him one day at a time. We don’t need to be concerned about tomorrow until tomorrow. You don’t need to be concerned about next week until next week. To Be Healthy, Focus on Today

This means we don’t have to stress about all the future steps necessary to make us safe, strong and secure. We just need to focus on what we need to do for and with today. We can focus on succeeding one day at a time.

Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34 NLT).

Easier said than done, right? We are “culturalized” into worrying more because we want more. We seem to never be satisfied, never secure. What really matters is not what we want, but what God wants for us. Rest assured he will provide.

Are you trusting God?

Why do you think God wants you to take it one day at a time?

Make a list of all your concerns related to your life journey. Now trim the list down to only those things you need to deal with today. See how your list shrinks. Share your concerns, and talk to God about them one day at a time.

Jesus teaches us to pray that God would give us daily bread. Obviously Jesus was not telling His disciples to pray only for bread. But bread was a staple in the diet of the Jews, and had been so for many years. Furthermore, bread was a powerful symbol of God’s provision for His people in the Old Testament.

We remember how God cared for the Israelites when they were in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt. Life in the wilderness was hard, and soon the people began to complain that it would be better to be back in Egypt, where they had wonderful food to eat. In response to these complaints, God promised to “rain bread from heaven” (Exodus 16:4).

The next morning, when the dew lifted, there remained behind on the ground “a small round substance, as fine as frost”. It was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey? (v. 14 & 31). When God miraculously fed His people from heaven, he did so by giving them bread.

We too will receive our daily bread, if only we will pray, trust and be thankful. God will provide, one day at a time. Worry not about tomorrow, but focus on each day, one day at a time.

By John Grant
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Give Us This Day our Daily Bread – by Max Lucado

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” — Proverbs 3:5-6

Thought

What do you use for your life’s compass? No matter how insightful, wise, experienced, or knowledgeable we may be, only God can guide our steps properly. God asks us to trust him and his wisdom even when we can’t immediately see the rationale behind it. He wants us to recognize his presence, guidance, and grace in all we do. As we trust and as we acknowledge his presence, we suddenly realize that our paths are a lot straighter and our destinations are a lot a closer.

Prayer

Abba Father, please give me courage to not lean on my own understanding. I know my thinking can be flawed and what I intend for good can blow up in my face. Please bless me with wisdom and insight as I seek to live for you in today’s confusing and immoral world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

By Phil Ware
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Before you were born,
I knew you by name;
before you turned toward Me,
I called to you;
before you set your heart to seek me,
My heart was seeking yours;
before you turned your thoughts toward Me,
My thoughts were turned toward you;
before you set your love upon Me,
My love was set upon you;
before you came to Me,
I ran to you;
before you called me Abba, Father,
I called you My child.

“I am poor and needy; Yet the LORD thinks upon me.” Psalm 40:17 (NKJV)

“How comforting the promise of His abiding thoughtfulness.”—Charles P. Wiles

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Equipped with the right tools, we can learn to listen to God.  

What are those tools?  Here are the ones I have found helpful.

A regular time and place. Select a slot on your schedule and a corner of your world, and claim it for God. For some it may be best to do this in the morning. Others prefer the evening. Others prefer many encounters during the day.

Some sit under a tree, others in the kitchen. Maybe your commute to work or your lunch break would be appropriate. Find a time and place that seems right for you.

How much time should you take? As much as you need. Value quality over length. Your time with God should last long enough for you to say what you want and for God to say what he wants. Which leads us to a second tool you need—an open Bible.

God speaks to us through his Word. The first step in reading the Bible is to ask God to help you understand it.

Before reading the Bible, pray. Don’t go to Scripture looking for your own idea; go searching for God’s. Read the Bible prayerfully. Also, read the Bible carefully.

Here is a practical point. Study the Bible a little at a time. God seems to send messages as he did his manna: one day’s portion at a time. Choose depth over quantity. Read until a verse “hits” you, then stop and meditate on it. Copy the verse onto a sheet of paper, or write it in your journal, and reflect on it several times.

Will I learn what God intends? If I listen, I will.

Understanding comes a little at a time over a lifetime.

There is a third tool for having a productive time with God. Not only do we need a regular time and an open Bible, we also need a listening heart. Don’t forget the admonition from James:

The man who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and makes a habit of so doing, is not the man who hears and forgets. He puts that law into practice and he wins true happiness” (James 1:25).

We know we are listening to God when what we read in the Bible is what others see in our lives.

Paul urged his readers to put into practice what they had learned from him. “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do” (Philippians 4:9 RSV).

If you want to be just like Jesus, let God have you. Spend time listening for him until you receive your lesson for the day—then apply it.

By Max Lucado
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“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2


It is one of the greatest environmental disasters of all time and the total damage may not be known for years. It started with an oil drilling platform that had sunk a well nearly a mile below the surface. To protect from disaster, it was equipped with a blowout preventer, but something went terribly wrong when a backfire exploded on the platform instantly killing eleven people in a huge and explosive fire that ultimately took the platform to the bottom of the sea.

Subsequent investigations determined that among other things, the “fail-safe” device had a dead battery. As I read the press clips, I was amazed that for want of a charged battery, a billion dollar rig could have been saved, the lives taken spared and the environment saved. All of this happened because of a dead battery.

I could not help but think of a spiritual parallel. How many Christians get a spiritual “buzz” and get involved in everything Christian in their church and community and after a while it wears off and becomes less exciting and downright boring? It is so easy to get to burdened down with doing Christian things that we lose our glow and the spirit within us becomes weak.

Boredom kills intimacy. In my pursuit of God I have found that with a structured and disciplined Christian life comes the potential for routine and boredom. As my daily spiritual disciplines become mere routine, before long, they can degenerate into empty ritual, and empty ritual into boredom.

What can you and I do to keep our relationship with God fresh, vital, and charged up? Doing things for God may be good for the kingdom, but when we get overloaded, we get into a spiritual rut.

To keep our spiritual batteries fully charged, we need to pull away and spend sufficient alone time with God. We do that in our daily quiet time, by reading and studying God’s Word and by praying, not so much with our petitions to God, but in our listening to Him. We should pray continually, share daily and become aware of God’s work within us and around us. We tend to become what we think about all day long. Are we thinking of things above or are we thinking of things of this earth. Are we living under the arm of flesh or the arm of faith.

Remember to keep your spiritual batteries fully charged and no matter what comes your way, your spiritual fail safe mechanism will be with you in all the ways of life.

by John Grant
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Thoughts on life from John Grant 
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney.

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