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It's a Jungle Out There

1/13/21 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE Have you ever been in a jungle? If so, you know it is not a place you would wish to go for an afternoon picnic or for a stroll along a river. There may be paths or trails through a jungle, but you would want a guide...


1/6/21 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

RESOLUTIONS Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Perhaps to lose 10 pounds or read the Bible through in 2021? Why do we make resolutions and why are such resolutions common and popular? Here are some that I noted from the Internet: save...

Final Exams

12/16/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

FINAL EXAMS This is the time of the year (in America) when high school and college students have “final” exams. They are final in the sense that the course or subject is done for the semester and they are also final in the sense that...

Side by Side: Faith and Doubt

9/9/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

Side by Side: Faith and Doubt There are many English body part idioms that occur as doublets: for example, eye-to-eye (confrontation), face-to-face (communication), back-to-back (home runs), hand-to-hand (combat), and so on. Many show...

Covid and the Texas Summer

9/2/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

COVID-19 and the Texas Summer I grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania and my wife, Joice, in the lake areas of Michigan. We knew what harsh winters were like, but our summers were usually mild—a time when the young men played baseball...