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The Single Greatest Fact Influencing Future Direction

What is the key factor influencing the direction of America? The world? In The Next 100 Years, George Friedman writes that the single greatest factor influencing the world is population decline.  Progressively, families around the world have grown increasingly smaller.  It’s a simple fact:   »  Read More

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Of Political Conventions, Family and Story

As I write, the Republican Convention is history and the Democratic Convention is ready to begin.  They are extravaganzas with a bevy of speakers each trying to outdo the other. But in truth, the success of every convention is based upon one simple fact: They will succeed only if they can connect  »  Read More

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9 Tips for Living Simply

Do you know anyone who says they are not busy?  Even the retirees I know all tell me they are busy.  What’s led to this sense of madness, this overwhelming sense of noise, and how do we calm it down? Here are 9 tips for bringing some simplicity back into your life Purge your stuff. Go through  »  Read More

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The Terrible Sickness of Ownership

In this day and age, we talk little of ownership.  It is presumed.  In fact, from the earliest age, we proclaim, “mine!”  And that possessive nature never really seems to let go unless we have some tragedy or crisis that exposes our illness. A.W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God says it this  »  Read More

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Bring Refreshment to Others for Yourself

Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.  Proverbs 11.25 (NIV) It’s a simple proverb: if you refresh others, you get refreshed too. What does it mean to refresh? Webster’s tells us that refresh means “to restore strength and animation; to freshen up; to restore or maintain by renewing  »  Read More

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How the Aging Population Will Affect Giving

People are getting older.  Birth rates are declining.  Those are two really big statements that could easily be overlooked.  What’s the significance to charities? Think about it.  In Japan and Europe alone, the working age population shrinks by 30 and 37 million people respectively.  Less  »  Read More

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