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My darling Ashley and I have been married 16  years! I survey all the success God has given us raising four wonderful kids and enjoying wedded bliss.  I’m now reaching the age where … more
My favorite means of communication is face to face - and without a mask. When I interact with folks, I prefer to use as many of the senses as possible: facial expressions, especially smiles; tone of … more
A few years ago, I was in New Jersey and talking to a father of two beautiful small girls. I asked him if he was teaching his girls about God. He said NO.  His reason was that their minds were … more
 Years ago, I met this young lady on the first day of my new job. She exited her car, made her way across the parking lot and into the store. She approached the counter where I worked, and we … more
In Psalm 26 (ESV) the Psalmist sang about sinners having “evil devices” in their hands. He certainly was not referring to the electronic devices of our time, but most of us would probably … more
 Every person should be able to read their Bible and understand the proper attitude to have toward someone who is need of and seeks forgiveness.  Every time we talk to people there … more
Jesus wrote letters to seven churches in chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation. He spoke to the Ephesian church about their strengths and weaknesses. Ephesus was a very wealthy and independent port city. It … more
Like taking a breath, some things become so familiar that we stop noticing. Something has happened in Sparta every weekday for decades, yet some may have stopped noticing. It happens eight times a … more
Anyone who is not aware of the fact that 2020 has been unlike any other year in the past hundred years may be breathing, but they must be in a comatose state. For the centenarians that can remember … more
Years ago two companies were contracted separately to construct a bridge that would connect a highly populated vacation area to the main land mass. It would be the primary passage to, and off, the … more
The Round Up: Sept. 9-14, at 7 p.m. each night, at Sparta Heating and Air, 999 Smithville Highway #5941, in Sparta During these six days, there will be preaching of the gospel, testimonies from … more
 How do you navigate the myriad of family differences that exist in the political realm, the pandemic viewpoints, the religious spectrum, and more?  This important query stems from a … more
Sunday afternoon. Sammie and I were enjoying the view and the food at Boonies Restaurant on Boone Lake. It was almost closing time – 3 p.m., on Sundays – so the crowd had thinned out. She … more
 Living a Christian life leaves its marks on people. Gal. 6:17 Paul says as many as walk according to this rule (a new creature in Christ) peace be on them and mercy, and upon the Israel of … more
As I pen this Family Forte article, I find myself sitting at the table in an RV parked in Jamestown, Ohio, a bustling cornfield metropolis of less than 2,000 people.  How did I wind up … more
 Angels have been talked about for many years, in the Bible mostly. Angels of God existed before time and the world began. Neh. 9:6, Thou art God alone, thou hast made the heavens, with all … more
On a warm spring day back in the early 80s, two of my friends were called upon to make a trip to the dump for one of their high school teachers. It was an opportunity to get out of class and ride the … more
 A man once remarked to Samuel Coleridge, as they walked in his garden, “I do not intend to teach my child any religion. He can choose for himself when he is old … more
As goes the king, so goes the country. The future and well-being of the organization is found in the heart of the leadership. We just finished primary voting last week. People went to the polls … more
 Why does the church exist?  What is the ultimate purpose of the church? Matthew 28 19-20. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the … more
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