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A Fine Four Letter Word

  Hope. Such a fine word. When you have hope, you can endure anything. Without hope, it’s difficult to put one foot in front of the other. Where does your hope come from? The best hope always comes from the Lord. but those who hope ...

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What a novelist does.

“The historian tells what happened. The novelist tells how it felt.” -E.L. Doctorow     As many of you know, I’m in the midst of writing our fourth novel, As the Crow Flies. It’s the third book in the Westport Trilogy (the first books are ...

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Provisions and Peace

  DeDe and I are sharing today about the needs of Voluntary Retiring Missionaries. These are career overseas workers who’ve chosen to take voluntary early retirement in our organization, the International Mission Board.   Here is the outline of our presentation:   Pray for peace ...

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I once was lost . . . but now am found

    Losing a dog, leaving a cap It may not seem like a big thing. But to me it was. Dee and I had spent three years without a dog. It’s the only time in our marriage we didn’t own at least one dog. ...

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Where are your sacred spaces?

A Word from Curt I have two questions today: Where do you go for your lonely place? Where are your sacred spaces?     I’ve chosen to make the first question singular: where is your lonely place? In the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, the ...

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From Third Base: A Good View

“Rounding third, headed for home. It’s a brown-eyed handsome man.” -“Centerfield” John Fogerty   A Word from Curt My Keyword* for 2016 is Encouragement. It’s one of my 6 Plus Words** for the year. One of the richest seasons of my life was coaching high ...

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Looking in the Rear View Mirror

A word from Curt It’s a new year.   Time for looking ahead. But also time for looking back. I call the rear view part “our  yearly review.” I’m gleaning from my 2015 journals. There are five of them. Uncensored and uncropped. I encourage you ...

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A Spray-Painted Prayer

A word from Curt Thanksgiving. It’s more than a day. It’s a life habit.   There are many images of thankfulness in my heart. But the sketch below illustrates one that touched me the most: It was scrawled in black spray paint on the side ...

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Booted out of the Mall

                Holding the Rope in Prayer: Pray for DeDe’s tutoring. Pray for Curt as he writes As the Crow Flies. God’s guidance for our precious children and grandchildren.  Thanks for praying! Booted out of the Mall I have ...

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Write that Novel in your Heart!

November is National Novel Writers Month, commonly known as NaNoWriMo. The goal is for folks like you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I’m writing a new novel,  As the Crow Flies, and need to add 50,000 words in the coming month. ...

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A Week of Encouragement

Everyone needs it. Encouragement! I’m studying the word encouragement this week. It’s a word describing what we all need. If there’s anything I’m learning, it’s that folks need encouragement. Hope. Courage. Inspiration. Come along for the journey this week. A journey of Encouragement.     ...

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Branded! Laugh and Enjoy

1. Stay Cuious. 2. Be Amazed. 3. Share Stories. That’s basically what I do. It’s who I am. I have a curious soul and a love of stories. It often gets me in trouble but always results in memorable stories.   The story below is ...

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day     If there’s anything DeDe and I  learned from nearly three years in Africa, it is this:  We are able to be happy anywhere. Home is truly where the heart is. Before going to another Continent, I seriously wasn’t sure ...

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A Good Word called Hospitality

A Tribal Code of Hospitality     … So he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29   I’ve never been to Afghanistan and probably never will go. It is a long and dangerous way from America. Especially hostile is the mountainous area that ...

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