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2/17/21 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

STORIES I have always loved to hear stories or read them. Growing up with a teacher as mother and a frustrated scholar as father, there were lots of books in our house—plenty of stories. When the uncles and aunts came, as they often did, I...

Spring Training

2/10/21 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

SPRING TRAINING You may be familiar with the verse from 2 Samuel 11:1, “In the spring, when kings go off to war, David sent Joab, along with his servants and all the Israelites….” Spring training is not quite like that, but...

Wisdom Calls

1/27/21 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

WISDOM CALLS Have you ever met a “wise guy,’ a person who has the answer to the world’s problems, even before he (or she, the lexeme “guy” embeds “gal” these days) has heard the questions? The person may...

Books and Magazines

1/20/21 | Encouragement | by Karl Franklin

BOOKS AND MAGAZINES “Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12b) The philosopher represented in the book of Ecclesiastes, most often referred to as Kohelet, didn’t have to...

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...