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A Life-Changing Phone Call

When the phone rang in Larry’s office, Bryan, a movie producer in Hollywood, was on the other end asking for some help on behalf of a troubled friend named Mark. Larry obliged and hung up the phone.

But when he picked up the phone to call Mark, there’s no way Larry could have known what was about to happen. Continue reading

Portraits of Reconciliation

How would you respond if someone asked you to describe reconciliation? What sort of picture would you paint? Would you talk about forgiveness? Granting pardon? Showing mercy after wrongs were committed?

Or would you just point to these pictures taken in Africa? Continue reading

Killing Mr. Cook

Dr. Fred Craddock had no qualms about calling his childhood neighbor, Mr. Cook, a “hateful man”; after all, when Fred was just a young boy, Mr. Cook killed his dog. Fred’s sentiment toward Mr. Cook is easy to understand because many people have had a neighbor like Mr. Cook.

But few people have had a father like Fred’s. Continue reading

Passing On the Pardon

In December of 1829, James Porter and George Wilson robbed several postal shipments and terrorized various mail carriers in their rampage for loot. Unfortunately for them, they were soon caught, tried, and condemned to hang for their crimes. Porter was hanged on schedule; Wilson was given a presidential pardon.

But he was hanged for his crimes, nonetheless. Continue reading

Starting With Sorrow

If you were creating your own government, what would you do first? Would you build a strong military? Secure honest leaders? Write just laws or ensure a viable economy?

East Germany didn’t start that way. Their first official act was to apologize to the world. Continue reading

Forgiving Manslaughter

On October 20, 2013, tragedy rocked Forest Grove, a small town on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Two young step-sisters, Anna Dieter and Abigail Robinson, were killed in a hit-and-run accident. The town was shocked to hear of the girls’ deaths.

It was also shocked to learn the parents’ response. Continue reading

50-Year-Old Grudge

On January 31, 2012, 73-year-old Carl Ericsson rang the doorbell of Norman Johnson, a classmate of his from the 1950s. When the elderly Johnson opened the door, Ericsson pulled a .45-caliber pistol from his pocket and shot the homeowner dead.

The coldblooded murder moved Ericsson from one prison to another. Continue reading

99.99%

What’s up with the claims of household cleaners? One promises to remove 99.99% bacteria. Another one pledges to kill 99.99% of germs. When it comes to most things in life, most people believe that 99.99% is good enough.

But there’s one area of life that isn’t so forgiving. In this case, 99.99% isn’t anywhere near good enough. Continue reading

No More Friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever met anybody like Earl?

 

People like Earl forgo the wisdom in the Bible that talks about the benefit of… Continue reading

Life’s Delete Button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it were only that easy, right?

 

We’ve all said and done things we’ve lived to regret. It’d be… Continue reading