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The Most Inspirational Olympic Athlete

It may be Jesse Owens. Born the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, Jesse Owens, using his God-given athletic ability, went on to compete in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.  In attendance was Adolph Hitler.  Hitler touted his so-called belief that the Aryan people were the superior race. However, Hitler had to sit in the stands and fume as Jesse Owens won four gold medals in track and field. ...
Aug 01, 2012 / Inspirational

When a Dream Dies

You had aspirations of doing and being something in your life.  But, now your dream just isn’t possible.  Maybe an accident or illness took your dreams away.  Maybe a divorce or financial problems killed your dream.  Every day, people are forced to make a choice…hang on to a dead dream, or reach for a new one.  The end of one dream could be the beginning of a new one…something even greater than you ever thought...
May 31, 2012 / Inspirational

Who or What am I Living for?

Who or what are you living for?  I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. Just as the earth revolves around the sun and keeps a constant orbit as a result of the gravitational pull of the sun, your life will revolve around what you depend on for happiness. The gravitational pull of the source of your happiness will be so strong that it will influence everything else you do, including what kind of father you’ll...
Apr 30, 2012 / Inspirational

There's Hope for the Underdog

Anything can happen during basketball’s March Madness. The history of the NCAA basketball tournament is full of surprise victories… and it’s a great reminder that—just like in life—the underdog can pull off an upset. So if you’re feeling like an underdog—discouraged in your marriage, frustrated with your in-laws, shut out by your teenager or overwhelmed in your responsibilities as a parent—cheer up…hang in there. ...
Mar 12, 2012 / Inspirational

Your Natural Resource

In our search for new energy supplies, we are learning more about the value of our natural resources and how to harness and channel them in the right direction. Well, you have a very valuable "natural resource," and it's important that you T.A.P. into it. T stands for Take … take a personal inventory of your strengths and write them down. A is for Ask…ask people you trust what they see as your greatest abilities....
Nov 04, 2011 / Inspirational

Learning from the Ancient Ruins

In places like Greece and Rome, archeologists study ancient ruins. They want to unlock the culture's heritage to better understand the present. Digging up artifacts always produces dirt and debris. Just like ancient ruins, before you can appreciate the treasure of the past, you have to identify the generational ruins in your family history…things like alcoholism, divorce, and racism. At first glance those broken...
Oct 10, 2011 / Inspirational

Do You Have a Bucket List?

In the 2007 movie, The Bucket List, twoterminally ill men head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos beforethey die—a “kick the bucket” list.Whatabout you?What things would you like toput on your bucket list?Start bycataloguing the things you want to accomplish before you leave this earth.Dream big.Want to fly a plane?Sign up toget your pilot’s license.Want to builda house?Volunteer for Habitat...
Oct 04, 2011 / Inspirational



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