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I Can’t Shift Out Of Park

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A couple of days ago, my wife’s SUV decided to stop shifting out of park. We wrestled with it, checked fuses, stomped on the brakes, turned it off and on again – nothing. It would not budge except for the occasional “lucky” shift. We just had the transmission replaced last year so this little glitch made me nervous. I hit the owner’s manual and found a shift lock override feature as a temporary fix, then…

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Thoughts on Tipping

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Last week, we ate at a nice restaurant that I’d never been to before, and had exceptionally great service. It caused me to reflect back on my 6 years of waiting tables, and I had some thoughts that I felt are worth sharing, and may or may not be commonly well known.  Always go in to the meal planning on tipping 20%. That is the minimum base rate for acceptable service.  The tip will be…

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Why Your “Strength Finders” Don’t Matter

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Truthfully, they actually do matter…I exaggerated a bit to get your attention. Did it work? Good. I have, however, noticed a growing trend that bothers me enough to warrant a few paragraphs of my thoughts… In many circles, personality tests like Strength Finders, DISC, and others have gained traction over the years. Recently, we’ve been taught and urged to give these tests a lot of credit when making decisions and interacting with people. Full disclosure:…

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Celebrating Marriage

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A strong marriage is worth celebrating! Not a perfect marriage, not an instagram-worthy marriage, but a strong one in the midst of challenges and “I-didn’t-know-it-would-be-like-this” moments. Funny thing is, we start off marriage here in America with a huge planned party with friends and family (and sometimes people you don’t necessarily love but know they’ll bring the Vita-mix). We often rack up a ton of debt to throw this barn buster, pull out all the…

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Even The World Knows

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After going through Bible School and serving in ministry on several different levels for several years, I have spent some time now away from what many would call “full time ministry”. Four years ago I made a decision to focus my 9-5 efforts in other directions, while still serving God but not in a “positional” or staff kind of way. When there’s no paycheck attached to your relationship with God, or your capacity for ministry,…

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I’m Offended

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found on a Facebook post by Matt Walsh TRIGGER WARNING: during a discussion earlier today, someone posted this meme, I suppose in an effort to make light of the perpetual outrage and offense that permeates our culture. But I think, instead, this heartless and callous individual only demonstrated the need for the PC police. You might think it’s fun to joke about this potato, but do you consider how this image might trigger someone, like…

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Go Pro Comparisons – Luke’s Thoughts

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I had someone message me last week asking about GoPro models, and thought to myself “self, surely there’s other people that are curious about this!” So if you don’t have a GoPro and have thought about buying one for upcoming summer family trips, here’s some simplified thoughts on the current models, starting from the cheapest and most basic, to the most current/ most expensive: *Hero – Entry Level ($129) Unlike some of the others: It’s…

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Why I’m Probably Not Buying The Apple Watch

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I’m somewhat of an Apple Geek – not one of those people that will buy something just because it has an Apple Logo on it…but close enough. I own a Macbook Pro, an iMac for my wife, we each have iPhones, use a Macbook Pro at work, and I used to own an iPad that I loved. Here’s a few thoughts on the Apple Watch and why I won’t be buying one. Don’t get me…

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Social Media Effectiveness

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Social media – it’s becoming a strange topic; a phrase everyone throws around but really no one has a game plan about. There are many different components of social media that could be discussed in great detail, but for the purpose of this short guest post, let’s draw our attention to effectiveness across networks and mediums. I remember the last 2 years of high school –  I had to begin making decisions about the future, where to…

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