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The Home Depot Bible

By John Paladini ~

There is nothing especially spiritual about a Home Depot gift card. But on a recent trip to my favorite store, I learned a great spiritual lesson. I watched dozens of 139866_Home_Depot_5Cards-01_0_1tradesmen, contractors and craftsmen enter the store empty handed, and emerge a little while later with their carts stacked full of tools and supplies. It dawned on me that you can only do works of service when you’re fully equipped, and God wants to supply all our needs. Those artisans, not only had the materials they needed, but I could see that they had a plan in mind. Many of them were already “building” their projects as they headed for their truck. That’s a gift from God. I just love it when a plan comes together!

“And He Himself gave some …gifts… for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:11-12

John has contributed previous articles to Paladini Potpie. If you enjoyed this post you might want to check out   “Scaffolding” and “Defying Gravity on the Erie Canal”  He also has his own blog where he writes articles to encourage and build up marriages. You can read his posts and sign up to receive them on

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The Wonder of Christmas

With Thanksgiving coming up I though this would be a good reminder for us all to be flexible with holiday plans.

Marriage Feast

treeMany families have traditions associated with the holidays. Some celebrate on Christmas Eve, and the whole family gets together for dinner and presents. Some families invite all the relatives to celebrate Christmas morning, and stretch the celebration out all day.

When I’m doing pre-marriage counseling, I casually ask where the new couple will spend Thanksgiving.  The bride-to-be quickly answers, “At my parents’ house, of course.  It’s the only day of the year we get the whole family together.” I look at the groom and he has a troubled look on his face. With a little coaxing, he chokes out that his grandmother expects them to be at her table that same afternoon… and you don’t want to get on grandma’s “naughty list”.

Does the wonder of Christmas, turn into “I wonder who will be offended this Christmas”?

Most young couples face the challenge of family expectations early in their…

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