Hiatus

Hiatus–a fancy name for taking a break. Perhaps you’ve noticed (or perhaps you haven’t) that Bouncing Back disappeared for a couple of weeks.  We’ve been busy with the FREEDOM TOUR and when I got back I wondered about the direction of this blog. When I began in 2009 I had a clear focus for this writing. Lately […]

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Sincere

Happy Monday! A question prompts today’s word-of-the-week… SINCERE Are we sincere about service? I’ve noticed that lots of folks are really good at telling other folks about the virtues of service. I’ve also concluded that I don’t place a lot of weight on the words of those who talk about while always being served. The guy […]

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Amplified

Happy Monday! A thought to ponder in today’s word-of-the-week… AMPLIFIED When I speak up on an issue that’s not my own, my voice seems to be amplified. It’s why the privileged must speak up for the oppressed. When one speaks up for himself, it’s expected. When someone else speaks for him, someone who has nothing personal to gain, […]

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Memorial Day

All over Facebook folks remind me today’s Memorial Day. All sorts of memes tell me I’m supposed to remember, and I agree remembering is a good thing. Memorial Day ought to be more than an excuse for a three-day weekend. But I wonder–what’s the point of remembering, if all we do is remember? Seems like […]

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Sense

Happy Monday! A friend’s sermon title prompts today’s word-of-the-week… SENSE My friend Tom Roepke began a sermon series yesterday: When God Doesn’t Make Sense. I’m sure Tom’s got a great message in mind, but I chuckled when I saw his title. Seriously, God never makes sense. All that nicely worked out theology? The explanations we’ve concocted to rationalize the revealed actions […]

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Lamps

Happy Monday! Sorry for a really bad pun, but perhaps you’ll be enlightened by today’s word-of-the-week… LAMPS How often do you switch on a lamp so you can look at the light bulb? “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp […]

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Truth Revisited

Happy Monday! A Facebook flashback brings us today’s word-of-the-week… TRUTH My cousin got one of those “Facebook memories” on her timeline last week. She was reminded that three years ago she was emphasizing the importance of always telling the truth with her then four-year-old daughter. Seems like a simple, straightforward concept, right? So after one particular heart-to-heart, […]

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Worth

Happy Monday! A blog over at RICH’S RIDE brings us today’s word-of-the-week… WORTH A friend recently made $100 donation to the FREEDOM TOUR. When he hit submit, his credit card was charged $100, the cost of the donation. But what’s his donation worth? All donations to the FREEDOM TOUR go directly to support the kids at […]

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Waiting

Happy Monday! A challenging story from a wonderful speaker brings today’s word-of-the-week… WAITING Are you waiting for God to make the first move? Mark Batterson, best-selling author and pastor at National Community Church in Washington D.C. was guest speaker at our church this weekend. He talked about prayer. He asked, “If you’re praying for something, do […]

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What About That Setback?

A friend experienced a setback. A “speed bump” is how he described it. I’d say it was more like a major detour, but either way, things aren’t exactly going his way right now. This is a guy who’s had his share of struggle along the road, and things were starting to look a bit brighter. […]

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Didn’t

Happy Monday! A conversation at a new church inspires today’s word-of-the-week… DIDN’T I met a new friend yesterday, and we talked a bit about things Jesus didn’t tell us. For example, He didn’t tell us that people we love will always agree with us. Or that “enough faith” makes things turn out the way we want. After […]

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Opens

Happy Monday! A statement of frustration brings us today’s word-of-the-week… OPENS “It feels like even when I’m at the right door it never opens for me.” “Okay, tell me how it works.” “It’s like I’m following my dream, doing the thing I think I’m called to do, but the door never opens.” “So following your dream […]

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