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My three Fathers

My three Fathers

Many mornings find me giving thanks that my parents loved each other and loved me.  The most valuable gift a father can give to his children is a daily demonstration…

Sweet Spring

I’ve been meeting many people who are experiencing winter burnout (or freeze out). Even the south has had a winter to remember, featuring killer storms that have just kept coming.…

The Danger of Over-Communicating

The Danger of Over-Communicating

The ability to communicate is one of God’s greatest gifts, enabling us to express the deep feelings of our hearts through words and songs.  When we’re hurting, emotionally or physically,…

Unsinkable People in Unthinkable Stoms

Unsinkable People in  Unthinkable Stoms

News of a triple tragedy in the lives of longtime friends sent me to the telephone to assure them of our concern and prayers.  Their daughter, Carol, had died, the…

Still Valentines?

Still Valentines?

“Doesn’t anybody stay together anymore?” asked a once popular song.  Sadly, it’s a question that’s still in tune with today’s marriage miseries.  Home breakups are the major tragedy of our…

Expect your greatest year

Expect your greatest year

Standing at the portal of a new year can be intimidating; especially if the past one has been painful.  We’re tempted then to expect a repeat performance during the year…

What part of ‘Fear Not” don’t you understand?

What part of ‘Fear Not” don’t you understand?

Who would have thought a children’s Christmas program would make such a lasting impression on me? I’ve been going to programs like this one for more than half a century.…

Go ahead: Brighten somebody’s day!

Go ahead: Brighten somebody’s day!

Recently, friends sent the following anonymous quote to me: “This is the beginning of a new day.  God has given me this day to use as I will.  I can…

Light for dark days

Light for dark days

When Reinnie Barth was appointed a missionary to Germany, following World War Two, he knew he was going to serve in a difficult place during a tough time.  But this…

Opportunities in disguise

Opportunities in disguise

For nearly a year, our church had been preparing for a week-long youth outreach headed by a well known speaker.  Then, shortly before the kick-off date, I discovered there was…

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