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StewardshipTHE WORD “STEWARDSHIP” CROPPED UP in several conversations for me recently, so it seems that God’s asking me to pay attention to the idea.

The word originally came from “servant of the house,” but over time expanded to the role of chief servant.  Well, these days few of us have servants, much less more than one, so why is the concept important?

Because it’s about taking care.  Of the house, of possessions, of the gifts you’ve been given in your life.

This is something each of us needs to do.

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Image: Luz Adriana Villa

Image: Luz Adriana Villa

CHRIST IS RISEN!  Let us rejoice!

Why’s that important?

Because we’re talking about something much, much bigger than one person’s life.  This is about the course of humanity.

To bring all of us into God’s presence, for all eternity.

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RosannROSANN WINN is a small business owner. And a performer. And a teacher. And a mother and wife.

It’s hard to know which of those to put first.

I’ve known Rosann for a number of years – we first connected when she sang for our yearly church picnic.  I was impressed not only with her artistic ability, but also her generous nature and gracious support.

But that’s a tiny part of the picture.

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KentKENT GARVIN STARTED his company in 1995 with a conviction to build a different kind of business.

What he’s grown is amazing in more ways than you’d expect.

At the moment it’s actually three businesses:

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Jane_Northrup_use J ANE NORTHRUP IS MY INSPIRATION. Because she’s living an amazing story with clarity and conviction.

Jane started Authority Staffing last year, as a way to bring ex-convicts to full employment.  But that’s a tiny fraction of the story.

You see, she’s doing this because her deep Christian faith has given her concrete direction.  Even including the name of the company itself and the fact that it’s for-profit.

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Happy_Holidays_(5318408861)HOLIDAYS like Christmas, Eid ul-Fitr and Passover are important at multiple levels.  We enjoy them perhaps as cultural touchstones, but even more important is the core grounding of each event.

These examples happen to be religious, but you can find similar secular examples.  In the US we’ve adopted Memorial Day and Labor Day as the unofficial beginning and end of summer.  And like everything in this country, it seems they’ve also been overtaken as consumer events.

But the core behind these remembrances is quite deep, based on the loss of lives in military battle, and the conflict between management and labor in the Industrial Revolution.

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I wish you and your family a wonderful time, and prosperity in 2016!

GarbageTHERE IS A SAYING in computer geekdom: “Garbage in, garbage out.”  Meaning that you can’t expect great results when you’re starting with junk.

The human mind works the same way.  And it explains how easy it is for people to get caught in cycles of despair and hopelessness.  If you don’t have hope coming into your life, it’s hard to imagine how you can have hope for a better future.

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TODAY IS THE Procession des saints de Bretagne - diocèse de Vannes, cathédrFEAST OF ALL SAINTS in the Catholic faith.  It’s a remembrance not only of named and recognized saints, but all who have achieved eternal life – whether we know them or not.

It’s a great time to ponder the ultimate purpose of what we’re doing here.

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Newspaper brandsCOMPANIES SPEND AN INCREDIBLE amount on their marketing image.  But how often do you really see a brand message that well represents what that business actually delivers?

We’re really much more interested in how they behave than how they advertise.

I had a wonderful discussion this week with a group of Christian businesspeople, and we had a chance to explore this topic.

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