Bringing the Text to Life

From Fad to Foundation Mark 13:24-37

From Fad to Foundation

In a world of fads and crazes, we need something that will last.

At a Glance

Pogs, the "Macarena," oxygen bars, cupcake stores and pet rocks have all come and gone. During Advent, our challenge is to avoid fads and build our lives on something more solid than a pet rock.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Cardboard Ringers," November 27, 2005, at

Fidget spinners.

You've heard of them, haven't you? They are one of the hottest toys of 2017.

A fidget spinner is a little device that has paddle-shaped blades attached to a central core. When you squeeze the core and give the blades a flick, they begin to spin. Because they are colorful and inexpensive, just a few dollars apiece, many children have a bunch of them.

These toys have generated controversy -- some schools ban them as a distraction. But over time, the fad will fade and fidget spinners will gather dust along with hula hoops, troll dolls, Beanie Babies and jelly bracelets.

Not that fads are limited to children. Adults are equally susceptible to...

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