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We are so excited to launch Chamber Chat; a biweekly column to fill you in on all things Logan County Chamber of Commerce-related.

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Working in a library for the better part of two decades has been a tremendous learning experience. In addition to the formal learning, the on-the-job training, and the tips and tricks I’ve picked up during this journey, it also affords the opportunity to learn a lot about what others think a…

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is an old saying that nearly always holds true.

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After a year of staying safe at home, many people are ready to get out and explore this summer. For some, that may mean vacations and travel. Others may enjoy smaller trips closer to home. Either way, just because you can get out of the house doesn’t mean you should spend all your money on it.

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Do you ever go from one room to another to get something and totally forget what you went in there for? And what about this one…you have something in your hand, lay it down, and don’t realize you don’t have it anymore until you back? Yep, it happens to me every time! I crack myself up when I…

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Have you ever wondered why there is such serious diversity and differences in regards to the many religious beliefs and teachings? The main reason I would submit is that most do not check out what they are being taught with the true standard, which is God’s Holy Word. If we will only look to…

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It was a beautiful spring break day. The sun was shining, and we were all itching to get outside after being cooped up for what seemed like an eternity. For the first time in a really long time, we were free from appointments, meetings, homework, and other life demands and ready to do someth…

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Poisonous snakes are not everyday threats in our geographic area. Yet, we do need to be informed about how to identify them and stand back if a specimen appears that looks like a copperhead, a rattler, and a few others.

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How many of you would willingly pay a company, making large profits each year, to advertise for them? We do it every day. See how many tennis shoes or sports attire you can find today that don’t have a large logo attached to them. Even our jeans have large name plates sewn on the back. Every…

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He sat staring straight at me. Not a movement of any kind until I came close and suddenly like a bolt of lighting he turned. He ran. He did not turn to the right or the left but simply turned his back to me and ran straight in front of me. He ran with all of the speed he could achieve.

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Many of you may have seen online the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It was a glorious occasion with both English traditions and African-American sensibilities. The preacher was the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. In his impassioned …

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I confess — I’m an addict. My addiction is something that started years ago and has affected me at different levels. My parents were aware of my addiction at a young age and they watched me as I struggled from time to time with it. My wife was fully aware of it before we married and she agre…

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A good way to begin each day is with a prayer of dedication to our Lord. It may be a simple one you create for yourself such as, “Lord, I offer this day to you. Be my constant companion that I may love and serve you now and always.” In my prayer practice I say several prayers of dedication e…

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We are familiar with the marketing world’s energy to entice us to buy the product or service they sell. Employees take courses on how to influence people, how to make an appealing speech with a slick presentation to the audience. “Glad handing” can be subtle, greeting in such a manner that t…

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Work has been involved from the very beginning, even until now. The greatest works of all came from the Father when He created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). Not only did God work in the beginning, but He works still, and expects us to continue in his work as we live on his earth. Ada…

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Ouch! When I had an auto accident and needed back surgery a few years ago, I never knew it could be so hard to stand until I had to be helped up by a sweet nurse helping me with physical therapy. The yelps of pain were for real.

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Often that appears to be true. Looking to certitudes that have been proven false, ancient cosmologies thought the world was flat. Later the world was discovered to be round. But as late as…

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Little things falling apart on an ordinary day can teach little lessons in humility. Perhaps you have had such a day. On a recent day a small glass broke while washing dishes. I liked the glass, will miss it, but have three more. Then I went to the grocery store to buy eggs. While I was ther…

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The first thing we must realize is that God, the Creator of the universe, is love (I John 4:8). Since God is love, then all things were created by Him with love. God so loved his creation, that He was willing to sacrifice his only begotten Son, so that whoever believed on Him should not peri…

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Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916), a Trappist monk, spent fifteen years in the desert of Algeria. His goal was to develop a model of contemplative religious life living among the poor. Long after his death his goal was achieved in the founding of the Little Brothers of Jesus and the Little Sis…

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John 3:8 states, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where is comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

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It was too hot — but did I check it first — NO. I had heated up a piece of leftover chicken in the microwave and when the little bell sounded I took it out and popped it in my mouth. Yes, I am a grown man with very little brainpower sometimes. The chicken was HOT! It was not warm but did I a…

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“Hereby we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not grievous.” I John 5:2-3

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Back last month in February, we had the big snow in Kentucky. In some ways, I liked the extra rest. But in other ways, it was hard not being able to get out and do anything for several days. With the Covid-19 virus, many are also in a confined situation. I like Psalm 147, where God tells us …

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The excitement of life brings new adventures. Many of these we repeat. But there comes a time when some things are done for the last time — the last birth, the last graduation, and the last trip. Nostalgia lingers and entices us just one more time. Certainly those with terminal illnesses hop…

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I think I have heard every scenario of man’s beliefs on this subject, but maybe not. Some teach that we are predestined to either be saved, or lost, and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. Some claim all we need to do is take Jesus into our hearts to be saved, and then we can nev…

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One day, when I was a kid push-mowing the grass at our gray siding house on 79 South, it was hard work and I didn’t know when to quit. But my dad told me, “Get some water. This isn’t a chain gang.” That short thought encouraged me I could quench my thirst and get through the day.

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A good spiritual practice is to have a prayer that you say each day to dedicate yourself to God for the day. A prayer like that will give you focus and remind you that each day is a gift from God and an opportunity to live in God’s presence and service.

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Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the great religious teachers and moral prophets of the 20th Century, tells the story of Rabbi Baruch’s grandchild who was playing hide-and-seek with another boy. He hid himself and stayed in his hiding place for a long time, assuming that his friend would look …

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With the handoff of power from one president to another, we enter this new phase of our national life in deep distress. We are divided and polarized, struggling to communicate reasonably with one another, and seemingly unable to find common ground on basic issues. Yet the path forward is nei…

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As lieutenant governor, secretary of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, educator and mom, I believe every Kentuckian has the right to a world class education and high quality job training. We must do better to provide all Kentuckians the opportunity of transformation…

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Some people think that with enough money and influence you can convince anybody of anything. The horse racing industry certainly has plenty of both. The stock price of Churchill Downs alone increased by well over 1300% during the last 10 years of so-called “Historical Horse Racing” court case.

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Joe Biden won’t become President of the United States for a few weeks yet, but it’s fair to say he’s already feeling the pressures of the office. I think being president-elect may be the second hardest job in the world.

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Most will agree that Adolf Hitler was a very evil person. He and his Nazi followers were instrumental in the murder of over six million human beings. Since 1973 our own country has murdered over 61.8 million human beings, so what does that say about our country? Most will say, if you are ref…

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I confess that I really have a hard time with the 21st-century version of Christmas, too often a commercialized free-for-all built on excess. The retail decor goes on display earlier and earlier, crowding out other holidays, making me feel like the holiday has been hijacked for some retailer…

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If you pay attention to global affairs, you know that increasing numbers of people believe US leadership in the world is coming to an end and the West more broadly is being eclipsed. I think these predictions are exaggerated, but they are not without some basis. Our challenges have grown. It…

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The county wants to help a local industry make some needed repairs as well as offer incentives for supplying jobs in Logan County.

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It’s easy to find talented people that end sadly. But even more, my own life shows me I can’t trust whatever talent. We have to look outside ourselves for something grounded.