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They say faith isn’t faith until it’s tested. And that usually means someone is going to have to leap over an obstacle standing in the way of a particular goal.

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Christian author Corrie Ten Boom wrote, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” That is a pretty powerful statement and mental vision. Worry is something each of us deal with at least from time to time. We should consider it like a thief, it comes to …

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One of the more difficult facts for today’s parents, as a rule, to wrap their heads around is the … I’ll say it again, with emphasis … FACT that children do not need (as a general rule) a lot of attention.

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SEBRING — Kevin Roberts founded the Champion for Children Foundation in 1994 with a mission to provide abuse and neglect prevention programs and early intervention services to children and families in Highlands County. However, he decided to retire a year and a half ago and turn over the org…

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Some time ago, a column I wrote touched a reader’s heart. She wrote to thank me saying she had clipped and saved it so she could share it with a recently widowed friend.

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A rich member of a congregation went to the preacher and said, “I want you and your wife to take a three-month trip to the Holy Lands at my expense. When you come back, I’ll have a surprise for you.” The preacher accepted the offer, and he and his wife were off on their trip.

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AVON PARK – One of Gospel music’s most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at Union Congregational Church, 106 N. Butler Ave. in Avon Park, on Thursday, Jan. 10. The quartet will share their unique, four-part harmony at 7 p.m.

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When was the last time you cried? When was the last time you cried invisible tears? Those tears you push back, pretended or ignored were not there at all, the tears you refused to allow anyone to see? You must have felt deeper pain. You must have hurt so much more than ever before.

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AVON PARK – Leaving the creaky front door wide open, Charles barged through the rustic cabin throwing the heavy logs down in front of the fireplace as he stopped to make one more attempt to catch his breath. “This is Christmas day for crying out loud and it feels like the middle of June” he …

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Recovery seminar and support group

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Some time ago, a column I wrote touched a reader’s heart. She wrote to thank me saying she had clipped and saved it so she could share it with a recently widowed friend.

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A rich member of a congregation went to the preacher and said, “I want you and your wife to take a three-month trip to the Holy Lands at my expense. When you come back, I’ll have a surprise for you.” The preacher accepted the offer, and he and his wife were off on their trip.

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The Heartland American-Israel Initiative consists of a group of Highlands County residents who care about Israel. Their brochure reads, “We Care About Israel; About the Jewish People; About Peace in the Middle East; About the American-Israel Partnership.”

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AVON PARK – One of Gospel music’s most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at Union Congregational Church, 106 N. Butler Ave. in Avon Park, on Thursday, Jan. 10. The quartet will share their unique, four-part harmony at 7 p.m.

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Who doesn’t like to be squeaky clean? You’ve heard that squeak in freshly washed hair or windows that squeal with delight when sunshine can pass through.

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When was the last time you cried? When was the last time you cried invisible tears? Those tears you push back, pretended or ignored were not there at all, the tears you refused to allow anyone to see? You must have felt deeper pain. You must have hurt so much more than ever before.

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AVON PARK – Leaving the creaky front door wide open, Charles barged through the rustic cabin throwing the heavy logs down in front of the fireplace as he stopped to make one more attempt to catch his breath. “This is Christmas day for crying out loud and it feels like the middle of June” he …

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With all the stress of the school year, it can be difficult for students to adjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

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If you’re like many parents, you want to ensure that your little ones’ playtime gives them a chance to exercise both body and mind. Here are some fun ways to incorporate both into the equation.

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God, the ultimate Creator of all, is at no loss of words or ways to speak to us. A soft whisper on our hearts; a thought-provoking idea that won’t go away; a clap of thunder that suddenly awakens us to a reality we’ve ignored for too long.

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Mark Twain and Chauncey M. DePew once went abroad on the same ship. After the vessel was a few days out, they were both invited to a dinner. When speech-making time came, Mr. Twain had the first chance. He delivered a magnificent speech that captivated the entire audience. Then, it was Mr. D…

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SEBRING — The Living Body of Christ Inc. and the Silver Supporters along with The Children’s Services Council of Highlands County were able to provide more than 65 children with at least five gifts each on Dec. 22, at the site that will soon be christened “The Love Lot.” The Love Lot will be…

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SEBRING — The residents of Magnolia Retirement Home had a special visit from Santa and his elves, thanks to Sebring Church of the Brethren.

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Parenting Reality, Part One: It is all but inevitable that after rattling off a list of provocative, sociopathic stuff his or her child is doing and usually has been doing for quite some time, a parent will say, “But he’s a really good kid.” How’s that? How is it that a child who is belliger…

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