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The Experience of Age

8/12/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

The Experience of Age “We admire the strength of youth and respect the gray hair of age” (Proverbs 20:29) In many cultures of the world, but largely excluding our own, older people are respected and their opinions sought. On the...

August Almanacs and the Weather

8/5/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

August Almanacs and the Weather  Farmers in my neck of the woods (northeastern Pennsylvania) were familiar with the Farmer’s Almanac, which began in 1792 and contained yearly observations about weather conditions, crops, the moon...

Rest in Peace?

7/29/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

Rest in Peace?   Peace is a word that sounds, well, peaceful. I think of quiet places, like a dark, starry night in a remote village in Papua New Guinea (PNG), or of reading and praying in my study. It is the opposite of anxiety or even...

Our English Bible

7/22/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

Our English Bible I own or have owned many English Bibles. An inherited family Bible weighs over 13 1/2 pounds, with a copyright date of 1883 and the publisher listed as John E. Potter and Company in Philadelphia. It was passed on to me from my...

Eating Contests (and More)

7/15/20 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

Eating Contests (and more) Have you ever wondered how bizarre we Americans can be about food? Consider this example: The “Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest,” which is a major league eating tournament and...