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Rite of passage: Title or Testimony?
Apr18

Rite of passage: Title or Testimony?

There are two things a person can strive for on this side of eternity: a title or a testimony. The difference between the two is very simple. A title is what a person has achieved; a testimony is what God does in and through a person. A title will go to the grave with you, and a testimony will become your legacy and live well beyond your earthly life. Just remember: Pharaoh had a title; Moses had a testimony. As our ministry travels...

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Rite of passage: Grandparents’ amnesia
Apr11

Rite of passage: Grandparents’ amnesia

As I write this article, I realize that when I finish, I need to go to confession. It’s hard to find a confessional booth in a Baptist church, so I’ll just look for a nearby bathroom stall. Remember a long time ago when you were frustrated with one of your children and loudly proclaimed, “I hope one of these days, you have a kid just like yourself”? You didn’t mean it, because why would you want to curse your future grandchild that...

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Rite of passage: Can You Hear Me Now?
Apr04

Rite of passage: Can You Hear Me Now?

I debated about sharing this with you because it’s personal. I know some of you think I share way too much of my personal life, especially about my sons, my wife and other people I have mentioned by name over the years. But I also know most of my readers are probably within a 10-year range of my age. Some of you will nod your heads and say, “Uhhhh, that’s so right” and others will say, “Help him, Lord Jesus!” As you get older, your...

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Rite of passage: His Divine Appointment
Mar28

Rite of passage: His Divine Appointment

For years, I have taught the young missionaries I disciple that “Our disappointments become God’s divine appointments.” For most of my life, God has used disappointments to put me in the right place at the right time. I can tell you story after story of these experiences, and each time, I’m caught off-guard when He shows up. I call them God’s serendipities, and I had another one last week. This story began years ago, when I was...

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Rite of passage: The Father’s Eyes
Mar21

Rite of passage: The Father’s Eyes

Last week was Cohen the Goodhearted’s first birthday. Today’s parenting styles are so much different than when my wife and I were raising our children.  When our boys had their first birthdays, we just sat them in a highchair, gave them a cupcake, sang “Happy Birthday,” and that was the end of it. But today’s parents think of each child’s first birthday as a national holiday. Banners are spread, the community is invited, clowns are...

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Rite of passage: Surprise ending
Mar14

Rite of passage: Surprise ending

I didn’t watch the Oscars this year. I hardly knew any of the actors and had never heard of most of the movies, so I chose to spend my time playing with my grandsons and then reading a book. Of course, I did see the flub over the Picture of the Year award. The news shows played it over and over. I guess Warren Beatty got the wrong card, and when he opened it, it didn’t make sense, so he showed it to Faye Dunaway. She announced, “La La...

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