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You Don't Know til You Go

"You don't know till you go." For years, I have heard this statement used to describe fishing and quail hunting trips. It is impossible to know ahead of time whether the fish will be biting or the quail will be available. Only by going to the lake or the creek or the field will any outdoorsman ever be able to experience a successful adventure. Many fish have re...

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Lost Card...

Like many of you, I've been watching the corner of Main and Washington with anticipation, waiting for Qdoba to finally open its doors. When one of the college students told me the day had come, Katy, Livy, Harrison, and I braved the crowds to try it out for lunch that Friday. We had a great time, saw several of you, and overall had a great experience (I measured it as a vi...

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A Note to Holly

Note: I wrote the following letter to Holly Winters in late March. She went to be with Jesus on April 21. Her family gave me permission to print this. Holly, I haven't seen you in quite a while, so I thought I would write you a letter. I am sorry that you have been through so much pain as you have battled cancer and related issues for the past three years. I have praye...

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Crawling Around Blind

Almost four weeks ago, our Miniature Australian Shepherd had six extremely cute puppies. It was my first experience at watching puppies being born. I am so grateful for today's technology and information that can be accessed from a device that can sit in the palm of my hand. I had studied, was ready for the delivery day, and now can add "mid-husband" to my resume. For th...

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Full House

Decades ago Keith Wiginton advised me to "never rob the people of the joy of a full house." At the time, I had probably read a book or attended a conference that suggested beginning an additional service would allow all churches to reach more people. I followed his advice. I always sought to maintain one worship service until it became essential to add another service to a...

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Live Responsibly

God expects us to live responsible lives. There are choices we make and actions we take that we remain individually accountable for. According to Galatians 6:5, each Christian is expected to bear his own load. The word used for "load" in this verse is a word that refers to something like a backpack. There are many things in life that individual Christians, empowered by the...

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Don't Dread the Work

Easton has had a fear of dogs for as long as we can remember, so when he began begging for a dog this winter, Paul and I decided it was probably a good time to start considering adding a puppy to our family. Aubree has been an animal lover since she was pretty little; she loves ALL animals. As soon as she joined forces with her little brother in the pursuit of getting a do...

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What Is A Missionary?

As I write this I am attending a conference in Louisville, KY, called "Together For the Gospel" (T4G). As part of the conference, I attended a mini-conference beforehand entitled, "Shepherding the Next Generation to Reach the Nations." In this time, David Platt, the director of the IMB, asked a question, "What is a missionary?" He then followed that up with a question of...

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Distraction

This past quail season included crossing paths with more incidental "critters" than any season I can remember. Every year there are plenty of cottontail rabbits and armored armadillos. This year the plethora of animals grew to include a badger, a bobcat, a swan, thousands of snow geese, and countless wild hogs. Wild hogs come in a variety of sizes and colors. Wild hogs st...

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Wait

It was a nice day, so I was driving with my window down when I came to the red light at the intersection of Washington and Davis. I guess my radio wasn't as loud as usual giving me the ability to hear a lady's voice say, "Wait." She annoyingly kept saying it over and over. Was she talking to me? I looked around trying to see if there was a mom who was persistently tellin...

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