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Words from Clayton Iles: Our Father Knows Best

A word from Curt Writing today from northern Uganda but my thoughts are in Harrisonburg, Louisiana.  DeDe’s Dad died yesterday.  Mr. Herbert Terry was one of my heroes in so many ways. The post below is from my own father but it applies so well ...

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“Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference” –Mark Twain

Thoughts from a Foolish Chapter: Proverbs 26    “Never argue with a fool.  Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference “ –Mark Twain* Wisdom from Proverbs on Fools . . .     On the surface it appears contradictory.  One Proverb says to ...

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The Open Hands Way to Live

  Elmer’s Open Hand I’m here in the dead heart of Africa.  It’s a country we’re calling (for now) “Dido.” DeDe and I have been here nearly a month and I’ve thought about Elmer Conner daily. Elmer Conner was one of my Lake Charles (Louisiana) ...

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Every Picture Tells a Story

If you enjoy today’s post, please share it with your friends.   It’s Saturday. That means it’s picture day. There’s purpose in this: every picture does tell a story. And a picture is worth a thousand words. In fact, in Africa, it may be ten ...

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The O Word Ch. 19 from Trampled Grass

            A word from Curt   ~It’s the O word. Orphan. Read more on why it’s such a complicated word in Africa.     We’re posting chapters from our new ebook,  Trampled Grass. Read sample chapters or purchase at Amazon.   ...

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Blind Man Bart comes to Africa

  A word from Curt:  Desperation Desperation. Normally a word used in a negative connotation. But not always. In tonight’s Guard/Neighbor Bible Study, we’re studying the story of Blind Man Bart. A man with a God-sized problem who was desperate to get to Jesus. I ...

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He ain’t heavy . . .

A word from Curt In a word:  Relationships                     He ain’t heavy.  He’s my brother.    

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Showdown on MacArthur Drive

Branded  This story, from Deep Roots, is one of my favourites to tell to a live audience. “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” -Proverbs 21:23   The fight on MacArthur Drive was one-sided, and although it was over quickly, it’s ...

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Displaced: Sheriff Bishop’s Sidearm

Armed and Ready    It’s odd that I’ve been thinking of Sheriff Bolivar Bishop here in Africa. We’ve been immersed in refugee matters for the past months.  Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have been on the move due to fighting within the country between ...

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Heartbroken but still in Love: South Sudan

Heartbroken    This week we our blogging will consist of putting faces on the chaos going on in South Sudan. You’ve heard the stats: at least 1000 dead . . . 150,000 displaced.  Numbers don’t move us like faces and stories. This week you’ll be ...

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Life Planning: Thoughts on a Growing Marriage

For years, I’ve given newlyweds our “Signposts on the Road to a Happy Marriage.” It’s simply a collection of short sayings that keep a marriage going.  Along with the Signposts Card, I give a $2 Bill as a reminder that in God’s eyes, “Two become ...

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A New Year: A Few Questions to Ask

2 January 2014   A new year is always a time to take inventory. I view it as an opportunity to look back as well as look ahead. I’ve developed the habit of using the week after Christmas to solidify about what will be most ...

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Dec. 8: Christmas Jelly . . . and Mandela’s Death

Scroll down to read today’s story from Christmas Jelly. Meeting Nelson Mandela on the Damascus Road   It’s big news all over Africa. Nelson Mandela has died. “Mandiba” (his African name) was loved by Africans and rightfully respected by the world. When I heard of ...

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Dec. 5: Christmas and the word, “Believe . . .”

What it Means to Believe   This excerpt from my recent novel, A Spent Bullet, is a conversation between Harry Miller, a young soldier and Levon Reed, the father of the girl he plans to marry. It’s a conversation between two men about belief. A ...

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