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Rite of passage parenting: The art of engaging
Apr14

Rite of passage parenting: The art of engaging

I believe one of the greatest things about Jesus was his ability to walk up to a group and engage them in conversation. The context didn’t matter; He could engage the most learned men of His day or the woman at the well. Jesus knew the art of engaging. As a missionary, the ability to engage is paramount to sharing the Gospel. If you ever came on one of our mission trips, you would take a class on “The Art of Engaging.” Yesterday, I...

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Rite of passage parenting: Lessons from my marriage
Apr06

Rite of passage parenting: Lessons from my marriage

Marriage is an incredible revealer of truth. It helps you discover not only a lot about your mate but also about yourself as well. I lived in darkness for so long as a single man that God sent along someone who had a big flashlight and wasn’t afraid to use it in my life. Yes, my real education began when my wife and I said our wedding vows. We hadn’t been married long before I discovered I had a candle problem. As a single young man...

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Rite of passage parenting: When everything goes wrong
Mar31

Rite of passage parenting: When everything goes wrong

Sooner or later, things will go wrong, terribly wrong. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will soon. I was working in Côte d’Ivoire or Ivory Coast, as we call it in the USA. This country is located at the top of the African armpit on the western side. My assignment was to train, organize and lead a team to go into the sub-Sahara desert to one of the least-known people groups of West Africa, the Koro. I had done everything I could to...

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Rite of passage parenting: Investing in the future
Mar24

Rite of passage parenting: Investing in the future

A good man takes care of today, but a wise man takes care of the future. I don’t know why, but it has always been part of my makeup to think long-term. Very seldom do you plant a tree to enjoy today, but so you’ll have a place to hang a tire swing for your grandchildren. I’m always thinking of things I can do today that will have good results 20 or 25 years from now. I began to think this way when my wife was pregnant with our first...

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Rite of passage parenting: The art of imitation
Mar16

Rite of passage parenting: The art of imitation

I got into trouble the other day when my 18-month-old grandson, Titus the Honorable, visited our office. We have a little bucket of toys he can play with when he comes to see his Poppy and Grammy. One of his favorites is a little red truck with a spring that winds up inside it when you pull it back. When you let go, the spring uncoils, turning the wheels and sending the truck racing down the hallway. When this happens, Titus runs to...

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