Stuff my dad taught me – working hard is good

  My family moved to North Dakota during the oil boom of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  My father and my uncles enjoyed working with their hands and playing in the outdoors.  Recreation generally involved a fishing pole or a hunting rifle.  These are common ND...
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Stuff my dad taught me – respect others

  My dad worked several different jobs over the years.  His years in law enforcement are second only to his time working construction.  Both can be very macho professions with plenty of testosterone to go around.  I grew up among men who carried guns or nail guns… or both. ...
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Stuff my dad taught me – watch your mouth

  It is time for round three of stuff my dad taught me.  Dad modeled clean language, and he expected the same from me. I am the oldest child in our family, and I remember wanting to grow up quickly.  I wanted to be respected as a man so I did things I saw other men doing. ...
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Stuff my dad taught me – honor the aged

  Welcome to round two of stuff my dad taught me.  This particular lesson was emphasized by both my parents, honor the aged. I had a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit as a child.  I sold lemonade on Main Street before gaining regular employment as a paper boy.  Later I mowed...
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Stuff my dad taught me – Honor Your Mother

Father’s Day got me thinking about my dad.  He was not one for speeches or even a lot of active teaching.  I don’t remember many family meetings or long discussions, but he did teach by example. The greatest treasure in our home was mom.  We all knew to appreciate mom and to...
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Fighting for peace

  I enjoyed the privilege of visiting all three locations of New Hope Uganda ministries recently.  I saw the same Bible verse painted in prominent locations at each site. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! – Psalm 133:1 This led...
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My five year plan

Americans love and celebrate plans.  One of the most common questions in a job interview is, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”  Businesses develop and continually refine their five and ten year plans.  Financial advisors draw attention to the performance of our...
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One-on-One

  I love a warm spring day in North Dakota, especially when the winds are calm.   My grass is mowed.  The garden is starting to show life, and the trees are in full flower.  Even my grape vines made it through the winter.  I am excited to see the effects of adequate water on...
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Peace with the Shepherd

Hope Christian Academy is graduating their first senior class this spring. I was honored to lead their seniors on a retreat in the Killdeer Mountains. We hiked and fished. We drank fresh spring water that flows freely from the side of a hill. I passed on a little wisdom to help...
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Victory is Jesus

One of my favorite movie lines was spoken by Sean Connery in the 1995 movie, First Knight.  Connery played King Arthur during a time of peace and prosperity for Camelot, but a neighboring people were threatened by a warlord.  Surrounded by his knights of the round table, Connery...
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