Matthew 26:52 says, "And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, 'Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.'" 

That’s one of those hard sayings of Jesus, especially for military chaplains like myself. But in context, Jesus was rebuking those who wanted to force God’s Kingdom into promoting an earthly government.

Anybody know what day of the week it is anymore? During the holidays, that’s not all that uncommon. But we’re now into the third week of a new year and while I am fairly certain of the month, it’s a 50-50 proposition that I’ll nail the exact day of the week.

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I like words. Sometimes, they come easy. On occasion, they can make people laugh, cry or remember. If the words are properly constructed, they might inspire or even motivate.

Every year, a Michigan university publishes a list of words and phrases that are overused, redundant and, in their view, should be banished.

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Garden peas, also called green peas or English peas to distinguish them from Southern peas, are my favorite spring vegetable crop. Peas must be planted early to get the best yield and quality.

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Tis the season to get tidy. As the chaotic, stress-filled 2020 comes to an end, and holiday boxes need to be repacked and put away, you may want to channel your inner Marie Kondo or re-watch The Home Edit for some inspiration. Or, if you're feeling the drain, consider calling a professional. 

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From festive greenery to cucumbers pickling in jars, the submissions this week were varied, vibrant and verdant.


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