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Running Out of Time

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I’m running out of time. The closer I get to launch date for Faith Alone, the less ready I am. I’m about to drive my formatter crazy with the last-minute changes I’m making. Why am I just now noticing how often I use certain words and phrases in dialogue between characters? And doesn’t this need to be hyphenated? Oh, and this word needs to be italicized. And how did we miss that comma through all the rounds of editing? Sigh. For a “final” proofread, I sure am finding a lot of changes yet to be made. In some ways, I feel like the editing could go on forever.

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The Day I Realized I No Longer Needed Church

I went to a Lutheran grade school, high school, and college.  I had religion classes, catechism classes, doctrine classes, and church history classes.  I went to Sunday school and church every Sunday and VBS every summer.  We had devotions at home.  I knew all the Bible stories backward and forward.  I could recite the catechism for memory and quote the liturgy word for word.  So it finally dawned on me- I know all this stuff.  Why bother going to church or Bible class anymore?  I’ve got this down.

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Why I Would Never Force my Kids to go to Church

My parents forced me to eat three times a day growing up.  No joke.  Three times.  Every.  Single.  Day.  And it wasn’t always stuff I liked, either.  Matter of fact, I complained a lot about what my mom made.  “Ewww, gross!  Sauteed zucchini?  Seriously?  Mom, you know we hate this stuff!”  So as I approached adulthood I made an important decision.  Since my parents forced me to eat while I was growing up, I decided I was done with meals.  Oh, here and there I’ll eat out of obligation.  I mean, family traditions like Thanksgiving and Christmas, yeah, I’m there.  But daily eating?  No way.  I’m done.

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