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Don’t Forget About Your Kids

A Tampa toddler died Monday after her “very busy” father forgot about her and left the 18-month-old little girl in his jeep for hours.

The story made national headlines after the child was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

‘It appears it was a very busy morning for the family. They have several other children as well and in an effort to get everybody where they needed to go, the toddler was left in the backseat,’ said Steve Hegarty with the Tampa Police Department. Continue reading

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The Power of a Good Example

“Matty Lovo is a Hero,” the headline read.

I googled it. And it’s a true story. It happened 12 years ago when Matty was just 9 years old and saved his father’s life.

Matty’s dad, Matty Lovo, Sr, a semi-tractor-trailer driver, was hauling lumber through St. Helens, Oregon, when he had a seizure and lost consciousness. The semi veered into oncoming traffic. Stuck a utility pole. And seemed destined for a tragic accident. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Parenting

For the past four weeks, Norma Jean and I have been living and working with the church in Madrid, Iowa.

In addition to preaching each Sunday and working with their fine young preacher, Stefan Richardson, the shepherds asked me to teach some classes on Parenting. Our theme has been Parenting with Purpose. Continue reading

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Same-Sex Wedding on PBS Kids Cartoons

My childhood years in the 1950’s were a time of innocence and isolation from so many evils in the world we see today on a regular basis.

Saturday mornings were usually filled with watching cartoons like The Woody Woodpecker show, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse and Yogi Bear. Parents didn’t have too worry about what we were watching. The cartoons were harmless fun.

And many shows like “Father Knows Best,” and “Leave it to Beaver” taught some basic moral principles that were generally accepted by most people.

Today it’s different. Continue reading

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GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE: Proverbs 22:6

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A young father was pushing a shopping cart in a grocery store while trying to contain a screaming, thrashing baby boy.

Very softy he kept repeating encouraging words like “Calm down, Brian.” “Don’t yell, Brian.” “Don’t get excited, Brian.” “It’s going to be ok, Brian.”

A woman observing the father’s calm demeanor offered her approval. “You are certainly to be commended, young man, for being so patient and trying to soothe little Brian.” Continue reading

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Murphy’s Laws of Parenting

 Murphy's law of parenting

You remember Murphy? And his laws?

The “original” corollary, at least according to one web site reads: “If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.”

More popularly Murphy’s law has been condensed simply to “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.”    Murphy also said, “Left to themselves things always go from bad to worse.” Continue reading

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