Nothing can rob a home of happiness more than unresolved anger and constant quarrels. Over and over, the Bible warns against this. The Book of Proverbs is filled with admonitions against strife, as are the New Testament letters of Paul, Peter, and James. But once quarrels start, they are difficult to stop. My parents were […]

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Of all my volunteer activities, I have found literacy tutoring one of the most rewarding.  For several years, I met one-on-one with foreign-born students  to help them learn to read, write, and speak English. Among these were a very fine Korean gentleman and two delightful Vietnamese ladies.  The man wanted to personally welcome customers to his cafe.  The ladies were hair […]

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Stories can be a powerful way of conveying great truths, particularly to a resistant audience. A story originally attributed to Jacob Kranz, an 18th century Russian rabbi, illustrates this well.  One day, the rabbi’s students questioned him.  “Why do you always teach in parables?” In reply, he told another story: A young man named Truth […]

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With all the saber-rattling going on in the world today, many of the young men I know are beginning to wonder. “Are we going to war? Will I be called up?”  The very concept of a military draft is new to them.  I’ve lived through several wars—World War II, the Korean conflict, and Vietnam.  I […]

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One of the benefits of keeping a journal is to be able to look back and see progress (or lack thereof)  toward my goals.  I searched my entry for January 1, 2016, and found  some excellent resolutions (from “Board of Wisdom—Ten Ways to Love).” Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18). Speak without accusing (James 1:19). Give without sparing (Proverbs […]

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