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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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Rite of passage: A lesson in patience
Mar07

Rite of passage: A lesson in patience

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom. 12:12). I must confess that one of my weaknesses is a lack of patience. I think I am fairly good with the hope thing, and the faith thing is pretty strong in my life, but that middle one, patience, gets me every time. For most of my ministry, I’ve had to move people and resources in a timely fashion. I look for the fastest route to a foreign country, and I have to...

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Rite of passage: Minus 40
Feb28

Rite of passage: Minus 40

I rent cars, lots of cars.  If I have to go out of town to speak and need to drive there, I’ve made it my practice to rent a car. Driving is often more economical than flying, and this way, my personal vehicles don’t have to take the abuse of a long trip. Recently, I had to speak in Kansas City. I could have flown, but the route required me to change planes in Houston—the opposite direction from my destination. I realized I could...

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Rite of Passage: Article 19 and 950
Feb21

Rite of Passage: Article 19 and 950

This article marks 19 years of writing, a total of 950 consecutive articles. When I finished my 500th article, I didn’t think I had another 500 left in me. But I kept writing, and then I decided not to stop until I hit 1,000. If the Lord tarries and nothing happens to me, I am just one year away from that goal. I worry that one day, the powers-that-be might not keep on publishing my work. They could drop me in a heartbeat and say my...

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