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CalvaryMentorMy wife and I used to have an old Corsica. After several years of driving abuse, it began to show signs of wear. I was beginning to have to repair one thing or the other on that dumb car. One time the radiator got a leak so I had to fix that, the alternator went out, the alignment went out, the horn quit working, the door stopped opening...every little thing started to break on it. Finally, I told Ceresa that if I was going to have to spend money and work on something all the time, it might as well be something I liked. I began to scour the newspaper and internet for a new vehicle. We decided that we should either get an old Bronco or a Jeep. After weeks of searching, I found a pristine 1983 Jeep CJ-7. I went to look at it and it was an awesome vehicle. It had a 4" lift kit, 33 inch tires, soft top, half doors...it was everything I wanted. Finally, after much persuading and a test drive, I put the money together and got it. I noticed when I test drove it that it hesitated a lot, but the owner said that it was just cold natured. I also noticed that the steering was extremely sensitive. Well, I drove it for a while, and it still hesitated. In fact, I drove it for a couple of weeks and it was still messing up. I took it to a mechanic and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. After some research, I found out that the distributor was in wrong. I fixed it and went on. I added some bracing to fix the steering. I put in another brake master cylinder. What was going on? I thought I had bought a turn key jeep! Finally, after much ridicule and busted knuckles, I had it fixed. One day, we were driving down the interstate. I patted it on the dash and told Ceresa that "she (the jeep)" was going to be OK. About that time, we heard a loud thud and I look out her door and the drive shaft was bouncing down the road. See, I had bought something that looked great, but on the inside it wasn't a jeep, it was a heap.

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How God Made Little Boys

He took some jam and some apple pies.

He mixed in freckles, click put twinkles in the eyes.

He mussed up the hair and scuffed the knees.

Created a desire for climbing trees.

Spirit, buy viagra fun, courage and heart.

The need to explore.

He added these items and so much more.

When He was done, He rested with joy.

For there before Him was the wonder of a boy.

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When I was growing up, salve I was involved in about every sport. One of my favorite sports was soccer. I loved soccer for the camaraderie, cialis the fun, cialis sale and maybe most of all for the competition. One season, when I was about ten, my cousin and I were on opposing teams, both headed for the league championship. I can still remember telling everyone in the family how much better our team was than theirs and how much better of a player I was than my cousin. The day of the deciding game finally came, it was my team vs. his team. I was goal keeper for our team and he was a forward. I will never forget when my cousin broke away from the pack and was running toward the goal with the ball. It was just me and him. I was telling myself that now was the time to prove that I was indeed the better soccer player. He got closer, took his shot, and the ball whizzed past me safely into the net. Ugh! He had beaten me! Not only did he beat me in a one on one matchup, his team beat my team that day. Everything that I had said about how much better I was than him suddenly came crashing in. I learned a valuable lesson in humility that day.

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I can remember driving down the highway in that old '84 red Ford Grenada station wagon. My sister and I were in the back seat and I was tired of her messing with me. "OK," I said, "See this imaginary line right here?" I drew a line with my hand down the middle of the back seat. "You cannot cross this line." "That side is yours and this is mine." Most of you have been there at some time or other. Eventually negotiations break down and one or the other side crosses the line and gets real close, but then starts to say, "I'm not touching you...I'm not touching you."

You see, we all have our own kingdom. It is our sphere of influence, the place where what we say goes. As children driving down the road sitting in that back seat, our sphere was pretty small. Eventually, mom or dad gets tired of the whole deal and says, "This is my kingdom and I will stop this car right now if y'all don't cut it out!"

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This month we will celebrate fathers. It is impossible to overstate the importance that fathers play in all of our lives. I was lucky enough to grow up with a strong father's influence in my life. My dad taught me some very valuable life lessons...how to be strong in the face of adversity, how to handle that curve ball life will inevitably throw at you, and maybe most importantly, how to live a life full of integrity and beyond reproach.

Now that I am a father myself, I understand the weight of responsibility that accompanies the job. I know that not everyone is a father, but we all have people in our lives that look up to us, that are watching our every move to see how we will respond in any given situation. More often than not, it is our actions that teach. Our actions carry far more weight than the words we speak. Many years ago, I read a poem by Jeff Bresee that still resounds within me today...

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