“to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it”

- My mum and dad out for an afternoon "stroll" with Max As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is …

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It’s not a parent’s responsibility to make kids happy

Recently, listening to a radio conversation about childhood, I heard one of the presenters point out how unrealistic it is for parents to take on responsibility for a child's happiness. Parents want so much for their children to be happy (fact is, it could well be the most frequently misapplied self-evaluation measure used when raising children) - but …

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understanding family as community, and community as a gift…

Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. - 1 Peter 2:1-3 Having family around is a great recipe for getting very little …

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I believe men can be better than that…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always …

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Four-Photo Monday

Great weekend all around! Too much, consequently, to write about. So I'll pull an oldie-but-goodie and reprise the ever-popular "Four-Photo-Monday" standby. DISCIPLES: First, we kicked off my new discipleship class at church. This is one of three brand-new adult Sunday-school classes being offered at WFPC (There are currently seven to choose from). My goal is …

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Reading and the schools: who can right this ship?

Any survey of current discussion topics - via Internet, radio, television, magazine and newspaper - is going to finger "Reading in America" as a hot, pervasive, and controversial subject for conversation. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to reading, and especially reading deficits. Everyone has a favorite direction when it comes to wagging the finger of blame. Everyone …

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celebrating life in a broken world that needs the witness

Today, my dad turns 85. Friday evening, Rebekah and I enjoyed a break in our "long goodbye" routine and drove down to my niece Hannah's house in Ellenton for the celebration. I asked dad about the earliest birthday he could clearly remember. He said he was eight years old, and his family were out-of-town visiting …

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Q: What’s the secret to happiness? A: Be like my mum and dad (read post for longer answer)

Happy weekend, everyone! Today I'm simply building my post around a couple of photographs and a great scripture. Yesterday Rebekah and I drove to Sarasota to celebrate my mum and dad's sixty-first wedding anniversary. They didn't get another letter from The Queen (to be fair, I don't think my folks sent her one this year …

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Hot Streak Continues!

still can't get over how amazing life is, amazing in so many ways. If I were publishing a newspaper, a magazine, or a bulletin, the headline would probably read: "Valrico Man's Hot Streak Continues!" This week, the features would look something like this: SON HITS JACKPOT: Saturday, around noon, I dropped off Andrew and Alicia …

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