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Looking Up

By John Ballinger   |  July 6, 2015

This is the best time of year to be living in Ashland County. Not only is the weather typical of the Midwest with beautiful days randomly interrupted by awesome...

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Retirement

By John Ballinger   |  June 29, 2015

A familiar subject came up in conversation the other day when some people were lamenting the number of days until their retirement. We seem to have become obsessed...

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In the Eyes of the Beholder

By John Ballinger   |  June 22, 2015

A few days ago, my wife was going into a restaurant the same time as an elderly gentleman. He walked with a cane and was stooped over so his range of ...

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Removing The Comma

By John Ballinger   |  June 15, 2015

When we think of the patriotic celebrations of summer, we generally think of the holidays of Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. However, there is one day that...

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Speaking the Same Language

By John Ballinger   |  June 8, 2015

With baseball season underway, I am reminded of an experience that happened when I was in high school. My family were big fans of the Reds and since Riverfront Stadium...

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Paying Attention

By John Ballinger   |  June 1, 2015

We were in Buehler's the other day and were navigating an aisle to get what was on our list. Coming at us was one of those kid-friendly "carts" they have...

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Keywords: deuteronomy  |   1 comments

Running the Race

By John Ballinger   |  May 25, 2015

Greetings, fellow rats! I am not being cruel here calling you all a bunch of nasty rodents but rather I am simply describing our lives as they were defined back in the...

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Potential

By John Ballinger   |  May 18, 2015

I was out walking the other morning and saw a pencil in the street. It was your standard number two pencil in the institutional yellowish-orange color. You could ....

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Here Comes the Son

By John Ballinger   |  May 11, 2015

Wow, what a week! It is hard to believe but it feels like summer is finally here. (If you happened to miss spring this year, it happened a few weeks ago for about...

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Hide and Seek

By John Ballinger   |  May 4, 2015

I have a friend who posted on Facebook a short video of her two kids playing peek-a-boo. It is the sweetest thing. There is something about playing peek-a-boo with little...

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One of the Crowd

By John Ballinger   |  April 27, 2015

Have you ever been to a sporting event and looked around at the different kinds of people in the crowd? Some of the crowds I have watched on TV are made up of an interest.....

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Keywords: sports  |   2 comments

Ragpickers

By John Ballinger   |  April 20, 2015

It's Spring Cleanup Time in Ashland and what that means for our usually quiet street is an almost continuous string of traffic. People come in random cars and...

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In the Garden

By John Ballinger   |  April 13, 2015

It's finally spring and I just came in from working in the yard. I was surrounded by trees just beginning to green and flowers coming into bloom. Soon the yard will...

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Three Days

By John Ballinger   |  April 6, 2015

What did you do three days ago? In our busy lives, it is often hard to remember the events because they go by so quickly; we barely knew what happened. What will you...

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Are You Waving?

By John Ballinger   |  March 30, 2015

We all shout and cheer for our favorite sports team or hero. Whether it’s basketball, football, baseball, bocce, or curling, we all urge on our teams. Winners or...

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On Eagle's Wings

By John Ballinger   |  March 23, 2015

Even youths grow tired and weary, but those who hope in the Lord they will run and not grow weary...

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Learning While We are Young

By John Ballinger   |  March 16, 2015

Last week, I had an experience I never considered would ever happen to me especially at my "young" age: I had cataract surgery. I had this delusion...

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Always Watching

By John Ballinger   |  March 9, 2015

In the movie Monsters, Inc.,The words, handed down from God through Moses, encouraged the Israelites to always be thinking about how God wanted them to live their lives.

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Keywords: children, deuteronomy, watching  |   0 comments

Hibernating Hearts

By John Ballinger   |  March 2, 2015

Ok, let’s have a show of hands. Who is tired of winter? Yup, that’s just what I thought: All but a couple of you raised your hand despite the fact that you are alone in front of your computer.

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Your Move

By John Ballinger   |  February 23, 2015

In a recent Reader's Digest Great advice. How many times do we live in a grumpy state of mind simply because we think the world owes us?

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Keywords: advice, happiness, matthew  |   1 comments

Have A Heart

By John Ballinger   |  February 16, 2015

February is "Heart Month" which means that in the next four weeks, we will be bombarded with reminders of what we need to do to take care of our hearts.

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What's on Your Mind?

By John Ballinger   |  February 9, 2015

What are you setting your mind on today? Is it on things of this world or is it on what you can accomplish for the divine world?

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Keywords: lent, mark  |   0 comments

Afraid of a Shadow

By John Ballinger   |  February 2, 2015

Look outside. Is the sun shining or is it a cloudy morning? This is a very important question on this day because if it is cloudy, spring is right around the corner.

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Keywords: afraid, psalms  |   1 comments

Second Chances

By John Ballinger   |  January 26, 2015

The football season is almost over; only the Super Bowl with the last two winning teams playing is left. Because with each playoff game the losing team was eliminated

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Keywords: chances, football, romans  |   0 comments

Let It Go

By John Ballinger   |  January 19, 2015

Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere, no doubt you have heard the song Let It Go, sung by the lead character...

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Keywords: disney, listen, matthew  |   1 comments

The Knock On Your Door

By John Ballinger   |  January 12, 2015

Every once in a while, a Bible verse seems to follow me. It’s like wherever I look this certain verse keeps popping up.

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Keywords: jesus, knock, revelation  |   30 comments

Gift to Nigeria Update

By Travis Kettering   |  December 3, 2014

I just wanted to pass along an update on the challenge that was issued to Maple Grove to give to our brothers and sisters in Nigeria during their time of need.

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From everyone who has been given much...

By Travis Kettering   |  November 4, 2014

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" Luke 12:48 (NIV)

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Keywords: eyn, nigeria  |   3 comments

Are you being persecuted?

By Travis Kettering   |  November 3, 2014

I received an email that once again reminded me of the safe, secure environment that we as Christians in the US live in. We often forget how treacherous the world is for...

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Following Jesus ...

By Travis Kettering   |  October 22, 2014

Are you following Jesus? That was the question that was raised by the Cherub Choir several weeks ago during the morning worship service. There is nothing better then he

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Keywords: cherub choir, children  |   3 comments