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WORD OF THE WEEK: Open-mindedness

Last Friday’s post was a tribute to our beloved brother Dee Bowman who passed from this life on Thursday.

The post featured quotes from Dee’s writings and preaching. It received not only an outpouring of appreciation and love for Dee but reminded several readers of other quotes Dee was famous for saying.

My daughter, Rachél, recalls a time when Dee came to Columbia, Tennessee, for a meeting at the Jackson Heights Church. She was in her early teens at the time and was captivated by Dee’s powerful preaching and personal magnetism. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Work

“Thank you for working,” I said to the Cracker Barrel server on one of our recent trips.

She simply smiled and said nothing.

When she returned with our coffee, I asked her, “Do you know why I thanked you for working?”

“I guess you’re hungry,” she replied.

“Well, I am hungry,” I admitted. “But that wasn’t the reason.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Wisdom

“Out of the mouth of babes,” is a proverbial and biblical idiom we use to express the unique and sometimes humorous wisdom of children.

Here are a few that have made the rounds for years by an unnamed author and source.

Patrick age 10: “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”

Michael age 14: “When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Help

In Bits & Pieces, William C. Schultz tells about a time his 3-year-old daughter Laurie requested help in getting undressed and ready for bed.

Schultz said he was downstairs and she was upstairs, so he reminded her, “You know how to undress yourself,”

“Yes,” Laurie replied, ‘but sometimes people need people anyway, even if they do know how to do things by themselves.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Exemplary

General George C. Marshall was a highly regarded soldier and statesman. He served in the U. S. Army under Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, as well as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under Truman.

Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for a plan aimed at the economic recovery of Western Europe after World War II.

However, before he rose to fame, Marshall was given command of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, GA. When he arrived, he found the post in a general state of disrepair. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Sincere

Our word today, “sincere,” provides a pleasant flashback to one of my epistles Bible classes at Florida College many years ago.

We were studying Philippians taught by Clinton Hamilton, who was meticulously thorough in his scholarship (If you’ve read one of his commentaries you know what I mean.)

We came to Philippians 1:9-10 which reads: Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Piety

One writer quipped that the word piety has become devalued about like the Canadian dollar. In all fairness to the Canadians, I think you could say that about the U.S. dollar as well.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary correctly states that “Pious has a bit of an image problem. From the beginning of its use in the 15th century, this Latin descendant has been used to describe those who are simply very religious—that is, who are deeply devoted to their religion—but it has for centuries also described those who make a show of their religiousness and use it to assert their superiority. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Growing

What do we have in common with a lobster?

Nothing, you may think, except that the tasty crustacean provides for us a delicious and expensive dinner.

Eda LeShan, the late author, counselor, educator, and one-time host of the PBS show “How Do Your Children Grow,” would disagree. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Expectation

Norma Jean and I just spent a long weekend in a cabin at Hills Point Resort. It’s located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the area of the Les Cheneaux Islands.

Now, “resort” may conjure up in your mind specific creature comforts and amenities associated with the word. Forget it. These were 90-year-old cabins that may be described as “rustic.” However, some google reviewers preferred “rundown” and “in need of repair.”

Upon checking in, I was talking with the owner, Chris, about the wide range of reviews from 5 stars to 1 star. He replied, “Well, there’s one word that will make a difference in your life.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Perspective

Ted Bauer, a blogger, writer, and editor who lives in the DFW Metroplex, wrote a piece in May for the Whiterock Locator entitled “Imagine You Were Born in 1900.”

As you read it, think about the word “perspective.”

“It’s a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria.” Ted correctly observes. Continue reading

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