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Rite of passage: 8 signs you are ready for ‘back to school’
Aug08

Rite of passage: 8 signs you are ready for ‘back to school’

School must be about ready to start again. Titus the Honorable came to our house the other day, so excited that he had been enrolled in preschool. To him, enrolling in school is like having a birthday, because it comes with presents. He got a brand-new Lightening McQueen lunchbox (courtesy of his Poppy), along with a thermos and a container to store his food. And of course, he had to have new shoes, uniforms and a backpack to hold all...

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Rite of passage: Reverse the polarity
Aug01

Rite of passage: Reverse the polarity

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in superheroes as well as sci-fi themed movies and television shows. Stories I grew up reading in comic books are now popular, big-budget movies. I wish I had kept my old issues of “Spiderman,” I could have retired years ago. My introduction to the sci-fi genre came when the TV show Star Trek made its debut in 1966. I enjoyed the show, but I would not consider myself a “Trekkie.” You’ll...

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Rite of passage: The Hand of God
Jul25

Rite of passage: The Hand of God

When I was growing up, I attended Sunday school and participated in Sunday-night Bible studies where each week, as a young teenager, I had to teach one part of the lesson. I went to church camp, Bible drills and of course, revivals. Those were all good things, but what captured my heart was seeing and experiencing the hand of God. I was there when our church prayed for a man in our community who was a drunkard. In those days, we...

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Rite of passage: Purposeful play
Jul18

Rite of passage: Purposeful play

Since the birth of Titus the Honorable, I have become more childlike. Yes, I am the old man stepping carefully through our backyard, wearing a bandana and carrying a water gun. My 3 1/2-year-old grandson and I are on the lookout for predators. Of course, he is much more adept at seeing the tigers, snakes and elephants than I am. That child has an incredible imagination, and we play well together. At this juncture of his life, I am...

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Rite of passage: Flat feet and amazing grace
Jul11

Rite of passage: Flat feet and amazing grace

When I get to heaven, I am going to look up the Apostle Paul. I have been intrigued by what he refers to as a “thorn in the flesh” in 2 Cor. 12:7. Throughout the ages, there have been many thoughts about what this thorn in the flesh could have been. Paul goes on to say he even prayed three times for God to remove it, but He didn’t. Some say his affliction was that he was nearly blind and it was hard for him to write. Others say he had...

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Rite of passage: Weebles and whacks
Jun27

Rite of passage: Weebles and whacks

I am currently in Dallas, training 80 student missionaries who will soon leave for Peru, The Gambia and Panama. A number of these are alumni returning for their eighth mission tour, and then there those who are first-time missionaries. I can instantly tell which ones are on their first mission trip and which ones are veterans. First-time missionaries always pack way too much. Have you ever see the children’s toys called “Weebles”? The...

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