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What's in Jesus' Name?

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:6 In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."  But that is not exactly true because each word has a slightly different meaning or connotation.  The use of a slightly different word in a situation is often how  misunderstandings begin. Each word God speaks is carefully crafted. He is purposeful and He always says what He means.  God could have used many terms to describe His son, but...

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#1 New Year's Resolution Requires Effective Communication Skills!

Number ONE New Year's Resolution: Spend More Time with Family & Friends Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others show that "more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year."  What's the one skill we all need if we are going to spend more time with our friends and relatives?  It's the very same skill needed to improve relationships: Communication!  Why?  Because you cannot even have a relationship with someone unless you communicate with them in some way.  As I wrote about in a recent article, relationships are all about communication and the potential for misunderstanding and misinterpretation leave a relationship vulnerable. This year, resolve to learn to become a more effective communicator!  Don't wait...

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What does it take to communicate with your computer?

I have a degree in Speech Communication and over 25 years of experience since then.  I have been able to communicate successfully with people of all ages, including those who have vastly different beliefs.  I speak English, a little Spanish, a wee bit of ASL and I'm conversational in whining and Gibberish.  What I cannot communicate with is my computer. Computers have a language and a logic all their own!  I'll go into this in more detail later this week, but to give you a background (in order that you might appreciate the conclusions I will draw on Wednesday), I'd like to share with you the Tragic (though comedic) Tale of Techie Trouble with the computer formerly known as Zippy. Zippy is less than two years old.  We bought him when...

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