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The Thanksgiving That (Almost) Wasn’t

A Short Story: It started off well enough. Jan got up early to get the turkey in the oven. She had time to make a steaming hot mug of cocoa before the rest of the family stirred. She had just sat down and opened her Bible to read this morning’s passage. Then it began. There was a loud pop in the kitchen followed by an acrid smell. Jan jumped up and ran into the kitchen to see what had happened. Her nose led her straight to the oven. When she opened it, the element wasn’t glowing bright orange, and the heat was rapidly dissipating. Her first thought was, “Oh, no! Now what?” Tim’s day off from work began with Jan shaking him and telling him that … Read entire article »

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Give the Gift of Music

What do these things have in common:  dogs barking, a wailing banshee, an industrial metal press operating at high speed and the swearing skills of a sailor?  If you guessed popular teen music, you are bang on. Before anyone gets an idea that this article is about bashing whatever happens to be popular, it’s not.  I enjoy probably as wide a range of music styles as anyone I know.  The point of this article is to help parents think about being intentional with the music their children listen to on a routine basis. The overriding scripture that comes to mind is Proverbs 29:15 which tells us that “a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”  While this verse can be used to help us think about many areas of raising … Read entire article »

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Who’s the Winner? Who’s the Loser?

One night in May, my son’s baseball team was playing another team.  We had friends over to watch the game.  It was a pretty close game.  The parents on both sides were cheering their respective teams.  There were plenty of close plays and (being Little League) enough errors to wrench the gut of any coach.  At the end of the game, however, the score was higher for my son’s team than for our opponents.  “Hoorah!  We won!” Our company for the evening came back to our home for a visit.  In discussing the game, my friend told me that while getting into his car, he happened to see one of the boys from the other team with his father.  The father from the other team was yelling and hollering at his … Read entire article »

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Lessons from Easter Island: Why Wise Parents Rock

Lessons from Easter Island:  Why Wise Parents Rock

Easter Island is a remote island in the Pacific.  Located almost 2200 miles to the west of Chile, it is one of the most isolated islands which is inhabited.  Inhabited by very few peopled, nonetheless the island is famous worldwide for its huge-headed statues which line the coast. As a child I read about Easter Island, saw pictures of the statues and used to wonder who made them.  Why were they on the coast?  What did … Read entire article »

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

“Monday’s child is fair of face.  Tuesday’s child is full of grace. Wednesday’s child is …”  Do you remember the next part?  If you were born on Wednesday, perhaps you do.  “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.”  And so on goes the little poem that most people have heard at least once.  That rhyme carries little real weight in our culture, but it carries an even more important message. Names and stereotypes really do matter. I … Read entire article »

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Toy Soldiers and Tin Men

When I was a boy, Christmas meant a whole lot more to me than perhaps to my friends.  The reason is that I grew up poor.  I jokingly tell people that every time my Dad got a raise at work, they increased the poverty level index also.  So Christmas was that special time of the year when we received presents out of the blue. We didn’t get the really exorbitant gifts.  And we did get clothes sometimes.  But we still were delighted to receive the “abundance” of toys and games and treasures which I could use to pay off my mortgage if I had saved them to sell on Ebay nowadays. Christmas wasn’t much about giving.  True, we did give occasionally.  But on a very limited income, we kids didn’t have a … Read entire article »

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The Power of Teamwork

Who are these people?  Bud Abbott.  Gracie Allen.  Tim Conway.  William Clark.  Robin.  Eve.  Ernie.  Wilbur Wright.  Moses Horowitz.  Some of the names ring a bell, while others may leave you a bit stumped looking for a clue.  Let’s try rephrasing the question with a little more information. Do you recognize any of THESE names?  Abbott and Costello.  George Burns and Gracie Allen.  Tim Conway and Don Knotts.  Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.  Batman and Robin.  Adam and Eve.  Orville and Wilbur Wright.   Moe, Larry and Curly. Suddenly our minds start recognizing the names because they are put in association with someone else who was intricately tied to their place in history.  We laugh with the 3 Stooges or The Apple Dumpling Gang.  We read about the exploits of Lewis and Clark.  … Read entire article »

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Should I Follow a Spirit Guide

It was in the summer of 1990.  In about a month, I planned to be married.  Happily absorbed in pleasant thoughts like this, I was returning home from the city to the Chattanooga area from Cleveland where I was working. It was evening.  The sun was bright in the west.  Chattanooga had not yet endured the years of perpetual roadwork which eventually led to I-75 being as wide as it is now at Volkswagen Drive.  There were two lanes. As I was just about to top the hill coming from the Ooltewah side down into Chattanooga, a voice inside clearly spoke, “Switch lanes.”  I was traveling in the fast lane that evening, and without hesitation, I switched to the right lane.  After clearing the hill, I looked in horror as a car … Read entire article »

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Protected: A Song

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A Merry Heart

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) If you’ve been around church at all, you’ve probably heard that our hearts have a “God-shaped hole” and that we need a relationship with the Father to fill it. That’s the truth. The problem is a lot of Christians still have heart issues, even though they’ve accepted Jesus into their lives. Did I say “a lot of Christians?” If we’re honest, we all do. Whilst I wholeheartedly believe in the complete work of Jesus at the cross and through His resurrection; I also acknowledge that we are works in progress; there is a process involved in becoming the people God has made us. A lot of that process is worked out through our choices. Primarily, whether or not we … Read entire article »

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