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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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Rite of passage: The most beautiful ugly Christmas tree
Dec06

Rite of passage: The most beautiful ugly Christmas tree

It has become a tradition in the Moore family to put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. For reasons unbeknownst to me, this duty has fallen my way. It always starts with a trek out to the backyard shed. Of course, all the Christmas stuff is stacked behind the lawn mower, the seed spreader, rakes, shovels, soccer goals and anything we haven’t used in a year. So I spend the first 30 minutes hauling stuff out just so I can...

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Rite of Passage: Thanksgiving
Nov29

Rite of Passage: Thanksgiving

By the time you are reading this, Thanksgiving Day has passed, and we have moved on from our moment of gratitude. I know that’s not true. As Christians, we should be grateful 365 days a year, but I’m also glad we have a season that helps move our hearts and minds in that direction. My wife and I were talking recently about how blessed we are. Oh, we can compare the list of our aches and pains with the best of you, but it could be a...

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