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As I was attending chapel services earlier this week I was struck by Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Paul is writing to his dear friends in Philippi while being imprisoned, yet Paul is joyful and content knowing that Jesus “has his back.”

Paul writes, “For to me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)

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Sharon Coleman
What is Your Legacy?

You are receiving the email a bit later than usual.  That’s by design.  Saturday afternoon I attended the memorial service of someone I have known for a long time, Jodi Dennis.  I felt certain that “celebration” would cause me to be reflective and I would want to share some of those thoughts with you. I was right.

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Sharon Coleman
Make America Sane Again

I woke up Wednesday morning, got a cup of coffee and turned on the news. I wanted to check the results of the Arizona senate race. Instead what a saw were 3 consecutive ads for “accident lawyers” who would “fight for me.”  I knew officially the midterm elections were over.

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Sharon Coleman
Drop the Mic

To me for almost 5 months Wednesday means a visit from Frank Switzer.  Frank serves as the lead pastor at Redemption Arcadia. Frank is smart, educated, well informed, thoughtful and articulate.  Our conversations repeatedly cover the topics of, family, theology, church, movies, books and the “state of the union.”

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Sharon Coleman
You CAN Fool Me

Recently I made my annual pilgrimage to the cathedral dedicated to all things outdoors, the Bass Pro Shops. This store is in Mesa.  To the best of recollection, I have never purchased anything at the store other that something to eat.  Nonetheless, I am fascinated by the stockpile of merchandise.

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Sharon Coleman
A Transformed Heart

This week in anticipation of a future nomination to the Supreme Court, I felt compelled to pick up the high school yearbook from my senior year.  A side note--my 50-year High school reunion is tonight.  No, I am not attending.

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Kyle Aulerich
Life is an Optics Problem

Certain words and phrases suddenly appear in the culture, and their presence and usage becomes widespread.  Some of these expressions disappear as quickly as they arrived, like “groovy.” Others become part of the vocabulary for generations, such as “cool.” 

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Kyle Aulerich
Spiritual DNA

Recently I noticed what seemed to me to be an increased advertising for companies that will help you search your genealogy; your ancestry. I didn’t know if that perception was real or imagined. So I researched it.

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Kyle Aulerich
Why Am I Still Here?

Located on the southeast corner of the U.S. 60 and Country Club Road is a billboard promoting Grand Canyon University (GCU). The message is, “Find Your Purpose.” The obvious implication is enrolling at GCU will help you in that important search. Although I am not the intended target of the commercial, the assertion makes me think.

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Kyle Aulerich
True Love

Last Saturday we staged what has become an annual tradition for Tyler, Braden, Yale and me. We are a small part of a much larger group. Reports tell us 59,300,000 Americans and Canadians will be joining us as we “wheel and deal” our way through the 2018 season of Fantasy Football. It all began a week ago with our league draft. 

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Kyle Aulerich
AA Meeting, Part 2

Last week when we left, Jason rose to speak, “William is right. I do have something I want to share with you. This is new to me. And it is scary for me. I am trusting all of you. I want to share something that no one except Andy knows. And even though we are best friends, he didn’t know this secret until this afternoon.”

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Kyle Aulerich
AA Meeting, Part 1

In true fashion Andy arrived right on time.  He was never early, never late. Before he could even sit down he cautioned me, “We don’t have much time.” “Fine by me,” I answered.  Every week or two we met at the end of a day “just to stay in touch.” This afternoon it was obvious neither of us had arrived with the plan of unpacking an agenda.

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Kyle Aulerich
Serving God’s Way

“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed

You’re gonna have to serve somebody,

It may be the devil or it may be the Lord

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”

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God is in Control, Part 2

Real life is complicated and does not lend itself to simple explanations. Circumstances and events aren’t always possible to reconcile with our sense of justice. Sometimes we might never know why things happen.  Why do people suffer? Why are there terrible, destructive natural disasters? 

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Kyle Aulerich
God is in Control, Part 1

When a friend learned I was spending most of my time at home, he correctly assumed I would have an increased amount of “free time.” To help me use that time productively he generously offered to enroll me in something known as “MastersClass”. 

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Kyle Aulerich
Just Be Nice

Accurately predicting the future is often a complicated venture; however, occasionally it is an easy endeavor.  For example, over the last two weeks weather experts have warned us to get prepared for the coming monsoon season.  Of course, they were right.

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Kyle Aulerich
Independence Day

The 4thof July has always been my least favorite holiday.  I enjoy it even less than Arbor Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I esteem and appreciate what we commemorate; but heat, the crowds, the mosquitoes…Yuck.   John Adams recognized not just the importance of the signing of the Declaration but he also he seemed to anticipate its significance to future citizens.  My version of the story goes like this.

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Kyle Aulerich
Seeing God in His Creation

On May 25th Sandy and I celebrated our 6thwedding anniversary.  It’s ok. You missed your opportunity to send a gift card or a present, but now you have more than sufficient warning for next year.  

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Kyle Aulerich