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The “Fingerprints” of God…

As I reflect on the more than eleven years that I have written Transitions by The Book, I have tried to write about the experiences of our family and how God has been present in our everyday lives throughout the ...

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Beware of False Teachers….

I attended seminary for almost ten years when I was in my late forties and, admittedly, I studied theology from a very conservative perspective. There are several pastors and teachers in our extended family and I think all of them ...

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The Purple Heart…

It was on this date in 1782 that George Washington, who was the commander in chief of the Continental Army, created the "Badge for Military Merit." This new badge consisted of  a purple heart shaped piece of silk, etched with ...

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Meet George Jetson!

Back when I was almost 10 years old, an animated TV program ran for a 24 week season from September 1962 - March 1963. It was called the Jetsons and highlighted the family antics of George Jetson, his wife Jane, ...

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The Pitmaster…

One of my hobbies as I move more toward retirement is to spend time grilling, cooking and smoking in the backyard. Although I have more than 50 years grilling experience, I entered the world of backyard smoking approximately five years ...

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No Middle Ground…

So Janet and I have been fighting Covid here for the past two weeks or so. And one of the things that we have noticed is that we feel bad - or we feel good... There is no middle ground. ...

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Safely Returned…

On this date, July 24th, in 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins - safely returned to earth after having visited the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin actually walked on the lunar surface while ...

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A Covid Forced Sabbath…

Well, after eluding Covid for just about 2-1/2 years, it finally caught up to us. On Monday, I started feeling a little bit under the weather and by Monday evening, Janet suggested I take a Covid test. Before that, neither ...

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The Great Escape

Yesterday, our youngest grandson, Drew, returned home from a week at church camp. The kids spent the week learning more about worship, prayer, community and a host of other Bible based concepts that are being reinforced every day in their ...

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Ashes to Ashes…

It's been a busy several weeks. Last Sunday, I went to the Chicago area to attend the funeral of my friend, Erik. A service was planned for Monday afternoon, with visitation following; and then Erik was to be cremated. It ...

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