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#practices4life: November, 2017

Greetings, friends. As I pen this month’s column, we are experiencing the coldest day of the year thus far. 

Many of us love the fall season for its gift of change and the wonderful colors in nature. Others of us see it as the inevitable warning from Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming,” which means cold and often nasty weather and gray days are ahead.

If you are in the latter group, fall is tolerable but it’s what comes afterwards that we resist. And that’s what we will discuss in this month’s column: how to recognize resistance and its impact on our experience, as well as the practice of acceptance and its benefits in our paths to live happier, healthier, and more peacefully. 

The Evidence of Faith’s Substance: Why Celebrate Veterans Day? Because We Owe Our Freedoms to Our Military

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God every time I remember you.”

Almost 100 years ago today, on November 11, 1918, a treaty was signed that ended what was then called "the war to end all wars" - World War I. A year after that day, Americans came together on what was known as Armistice Day, to honor not only the 116,000 American soldiers who died but also the 4.7 million soldiers who served. It was from this war that America emerged the global superpower it is today.

Cleaver and Bishop Call for GAO Investigation

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA) recently called on the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Department of Education’s student loan services and industry practices. In a letter to the Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, the Congressmen requested that the GAO examine whether the Department of Education has implemented changes to its contract incentives and customer support processes to better provide support for its student loan borrowers.  The letter can be found here.


Letter to the Editor: Turk over Cierpiot

I have witnessed Jacob Turk working and sacrificing in the field of politics with the hope of serving you. As matter of faith, Mr.Turk strives every day to walk with integrity and with honor. You know him.

In this special election the Mike Cierpiot campaign, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to smear my friend's good name, to try to convince you Jacob is someone he is not.

The Evidence of Faith’s Substance: What Does A Real Protest Look Like? Ask Martin Luther about Repentance

Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

If you are a Christian, you celebrated a major milestone this past week. You see, you are the offspring of a radical protest movement that began in Germany 500 years ago and has spread across the entire globe. On October 31, 1517, the “Protestant” (see the word “protest” in there?) movement began. Those who joined this protest put a lot more of their skin in the game than taking a knee while their national anthem played. Anyone confessing to belong to this protest risked death. So how did it start?  

Representative Rebecca Roeber’s Capitol Report October 21, 2017

Missouri Transportation Funding

Over the last couple of years, there has been a considerable debate about transportation funding in the state of Missouri. Raising the gas tax, toll roads and a sales tax have been mentioned as possibilities to increase funding for transportation funding. This year, transportation funding will be one of the many important things the Missouri Legislature will tackle. 

Don’t be Distracted by Talk About Tax Cuts/Reform

With all the discussion about tax cuts/reform in Washington, don’t be distracted and forget that now is an important time for you to be thinking about year-end tax planning. Yes the tax laws including those on charitable giving may change in 2018 but let’s focus on what we know about the current charitable giving tax laws. We will soon be into the holiday season which is an important time of the year for charitable giving as many individuals make gifts to their favorite charities during this time.

Letter to the Editor: From Esther Jo’an Glowa


The Evidence of Faith’s Substance: How the NFL Could Capture America’s Heart

Proverbs 21:3 “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”

How would you define character? Everyone would agree it’s something we expect from others. But in American culture today, it’s a moving target. Without a clear definition, we get easily deceived into thinking we are men and women of character, and its everyone else who has a problem. My definition of character is what comes naturally to me, and I wish I saw more of that in you! For example, we often define people with “character” as taking a stand for their beliefs, never mind the rightness or wrongness of those beliefs.

What To Do When Your Marriage is Growing Apart

You used to be able to tell your spouse anything. Over time, you learned what upsets your partner and you started avoiding those topics. Now you aren’t as open as when you first started dating. And the positive feelings that used to come naturally are harder to find.

Many of you are even wondering if having an affair or divorce is the answer to deal with your loneliness in marriage. But before you throw in the towel, let’s explore what contributes to this distance and how to address it.

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