Good Old President What’s His Name

Last weekend I challenged my wife to see which one of us could name the most U.S. Presidents.  I know what you’re thinking.  Wow, the spark of romance is alive and well in the Byerly household, and you, my friend, would be right.

Newlyweds, take note.  There’s nothing a like a good old-fashioned American history quiz to keep the magic going in your marriage.  Forget candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach.  If you engage your spouse with some lively executive trivia, you are in for some serious wedded bliss.

Unless, of course, you beat them.   Then they’ll just be annoyed at you for making them take the dumb quiz in the first place.  Not saying that this happened.   I’m just speaking hypothetically here, and am not, in fact allowed to reveal the outcome of said contest or my wife’s score under threat of severe reprisal.

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Don’t Be Left Holding the Bag

Sometimes we all wonder if our lives make much of a difference.  We go through the motions of work and home, the same old routine day after day, not really knowing how much of an impact we’re making on those around us. 

Do our lives matter?  Do they really count?

I was given a rare gift one May afternoon to see just what kind of a difference I was making.  Every couple of years my church staff goes on a retreat to pray, plan and celebrate what God is doing in our church.  On this special staff retreat, our leaders decided to surprise us with an experience I’ll never forget. 

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