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Even Jesus Appreciated a “Thank You”

The thank you note seems to be a lost art in today’s busy society, but it was once considered the only appropriate response to acknowledge a kindness. During the 19th century, even the receipt of a letter to update one on your family’s well-being or recent travels was reciprocated with ...

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Listen! Can You Hear The Hope?

“Whoever answers before listening is both foolish and shameful.” Proverbs 18:13 In March of 1863, 18-year-old Charles Appleton Longfellow, unbeknownst to his family, left home in Massachusetts and boarded a train for Washington, D.C., to join the Union Army to fight in the Civil War. Charles was born to Fannie Elizabeth ...

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Can You Spot A Counterfeit?

The word counterfeit invokes images of phony money; money manufactured by criminals in dark basement rooms. And there is good reason to think of currency when thinking of counterfeiting. Since the days of the Civil War, U.S. currency has been imitated by many a counterfeiter. Counterfeiting in the 1860’s was ...

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Living the words: In God we Trust

Times of unrest have great potential for building faith–individually as well as nationally.  Words without substance are deadly;  life dusts off our pretenses.  That is something to celebrate!  The history of “In God We Trust” reveals the process beautifully!  Just seven months after the first shots were fired in the ...

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