Author Archive: Paul Shotsberger

The English Language

From an unknown author: I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough? Others may stumble but not you, on hiccough, thorough, laugh, and through. Well done! And now you wish, perhaps, to learn of less familiar traps? Beware of heard, a dreadful word that looks like beard and sounds …

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I Wish Everything Was Boolean

I wish everything was Boolean A world of ones and zeros A world of clear choices A world of villains and heroes Some think it is that way Everything’s black and white A world of simplicity A story in a sound bite What about death and life Seems like it’s either or Moses said choose …

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The Spoken Word

The spoken word can be as beautiful as the written word, especially when it’s spoken by Vin Scully, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 years (now retired). I particularly remember a golf match at Pebble Beach that he announced. As they were going to commercial, there was a shot of the Pacific …

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A Crushed Spirit

“The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?” Proverbs 18:14 (NLT) In Ken Burns’ epic documentary Baseball, presidential biographer and rabid Boston Red Sox fan, Doris Kearns Goodwin tells the story of her grandchildren becoming Red Sox fans. It was the 1986 World Series and the Red Sox …

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Inspiring Writing

I read for work, I read for pleasure, but I also read for inspiration. Toward the latter, I’m currently reading The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman. It’s the story of the characters, events and intrigue that brought about the start of World War I. For your own inspiration, here’s a sample: The long-desired …

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Inspiration

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) We’re doing an interesting study right now in my house …

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Friendship

There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24, NLT) I want to tell you a story, a story that is almost 100 years old. It’s a story of salvation, but also of friendship and commitment. It’s a story that has affected almost all of us …

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Why Does Praise Even Matter?

My good friend Kandace Terry has written a remarkable reflection on the importance of praise. I am reposting her blog entry with her permission so that more people (who still read) can appreciate her deep revelation. Why does praise even matter?  kandacenoelle@thekingscandle.com August 28, 2017 Any of you who have known me for any length of …

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Love Bade Me Welcome by George Herbert

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back                               Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack                              From my first entrance in, Drew …

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A Good Word for Parents

This story is included in a book I’m reading called Organic Community, and it has so much truth in it for parents, I thought I’d pass it along. If you haven’t been there already, you will likely find yourself there at some point. Stay the course, you’re doing great! Denise VanEck says this in a …

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