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Rite of passage: Drivers training
Jan17

Rite of passage: Drivers training

I’ve concluded drivers training is a U.S.-only thing. That’s because I’ve traveled the world as a missionary and have driven in most of the countries where I’ve served. If you aren’t close to Jesus, you will be within a mile of taking the wheel in another country. Just last week, I was driving a team of students in Mexico and experienced several moments like this. In drivers training, you are taught to leave one car length between you...

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Rite of passage: The widow’s mite
Jan10

Rite of passage: The widow’s mite

Sometimes the smallest things move me most. I just returned from Mexico, where I was serving in evangelism with 22 student missionaries in the city of Nuevo Laredo. When I first started to work in Mexico, I ministered in the garbage dumps of this same city. Families would come from all over Mexico, trying to get across the border. When they couldn’t cross, they would go to the garbage dump and rummage through it, looking for cardboard...

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Rite of passage: Strong and courageous men
Jan03

Rite of passage: Strong and courageous men

My son Caleb recently messaged me a picture of my grandson Titus the Honorable. He had climbed into his little brother’s baby bed and, holding onto the crib rail, walked his feet up the wall. (Look at the picture to see what I mean.) He is only three years old, but inside him lives a tremendous warrior with an adventurous spirit. The next day I asked my son what happened. “I came into Titus’ bedroom, and there he was with his feet...

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Rite of passage: The second greatest gift
Dec20

Rite of passage: The second greatest gift

The greatest gift is the salvation given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ. But today, I want to write about the second greatest gift, and that is the gift of friendship. To me, the measure of a person does not lie in their wealth but in the number of people who call them friend. We live in a world where a friend can be had by the click of a button on Facebook. I am not talking about that kind of friendship, but the kind of friend...

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Rite of passage: Some assembly required
Dec13

Rite of passage: Some assembly required

The three most dreaded words of the Christmas season are “Some Assembly Required.” Even though I consider myself somewhat average in the intelligence department, I stand with fear and trembling over what’s inside the box when it comes with the words “Some Assembly Required.” I am not afraid of the words “assembly” or “required,” but “some” makes me nervous. That word is best summed up by former Marine Gomer Pyle: “Surprise, surprise,...

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