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A MINUTE TO SPARE

      Like many pastors, I have spent many days (and more than a few nights) visiting the hospital. After making several hospital visits one day a few years ago, I found myself very close to my wife’s office. I decided to stop by to see her for a short visit.

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FOCUS ON FATHERS

     My father moved into “higher service” with the Lord over three decades ago. During the years since his death, I have said on more than one occasion that I have learned more from him since he died than when he was alive. What is meant by my statement is that I have had many opportunities to recall his wise sayings, remember his example, and reflect on his influence.
     As my own children began to graduate high school, attend and graduate from college, move into jobs in New York City, San Francisco, and Colorado, and get married, I often have wondered if I was successful in imparting enough good stuff in them to help them along the journey of life. My guess is that most dads wonder the same thing and perhaps wish that they could have a “do over” in their efforts to raise their children.
    Fathers have an incredible privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to set an example for and to be an influence on their children. A poem by Melba O’Neal depicts the example dads need to set for their children and the reason for such example.     
 

Walk a little plainer, Daddy,” said a little boy so frail.

“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fail,                                 

Sometimes your steps are very plain – sometimes they are hard to see 

So walk a little plainer Daddy, for you are leading me.”

“I know that once you walked this way, many years ago,

And what you did along the way, I’d really like to know

For sometimes, when I am tempted, I don’t know what to do;

So walk a little plainer, Daddy, for I must follow you.”

 

“Someday when I’m grown up, you are like I want to be;

Then I will have a little boy, who will want to follow me.

And I would want to lead him right, and help him to be true;

So walk a little plainer Daddy, for we must follow you.”

 

     I have never known a perfect father but I know a lot of men who are striving diligently to be good dads. With Father’s Day appearing on the near horizon, I’m reminded that “Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a daddy.”

 

        Dear Heavenly Father, help me to walk a little plainer for my family. Help them to see in me a husband and father who is striving diligently to lead in a manner that is pleasing to You. May I encourage other fathers to the same. Amen.

                                                                                                Daniel


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LEAVING THE PIGS BEHIND

      Luke records a 3-part sermon series presented by Jesus concerning valuable items that were missing…things that were not where they should have been. Jesus detailed how a shepherd searched diligently for one sheep that had gone astray.

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FOCUS: SERVICE AND SACRIFICE – MEMORIAL DAY

With extreme gratitude for those who gave their freedom that we might enjoy ours! May God bless America and may America bless, praise, and honor God!


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FOCUS: MISSIONS

     Southern Baptists are missions-minded people. Over 7,000 Southern Baptist missionaries are serving either in the United States, North America, or on foreign soil. The prophet Isaiah had a vision of God, a vision of himself, and a vision of a world in need when he answered God’s call to special service.

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FOCUS: SOULS

     Periodically I receive information about continuing education courses and seminars that are offered by various universities and seminaries. The topic of one particular seminar was “Lostology” which may be defined as “the study or science of being lost.”

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FOCUS: OUR AWESOME GOD

     Some time ago, I telephoned a business establishment seeking information about… (While writing this article, I can’t seem to remember who I called or why I called them.)

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FOCUS: A TRIBUTE TO MOM

      My mom will celebrate a birthday this week. Her birthday has fallen on the calendar just before Mother’s Day for the past 89 years. Since my older brother celebrated his 60th birthday in February, my mom has been a mom for two-thirds of her life.

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FOCUS; THE FUTURE

     About 35 years ago (1985), Michael J. Fox starred in the hit movie “Back to the Future.” The movie’s popularity prompted film makers to release “Back to the Future II” and “III.” As I recall, the basic story line of the first movie involved a contemporary family, their teenaged son and an eccentric scientist/inventor.

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FOCUS: TOO MUCH OF ME

     One day on the week following my experience with the water sprinklers during an attempt to jog at the high school football stadium, I returned to the track in order to continue my training for the summer Olympic Games that would soon occur (Note: I was preparing for the 2000 Games. In other words, I was much younger and could still run a little).

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