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My, Things Sure Are Quiet, Dear

Over the last fifteen years or so we’ve had cable television on and off depending on where we were living at the time. This week we had it disconnected. What a liberating feeling and it’s been a little more peaceful around here lately. As peaceful as things can be with seven children between the ages of eleven and sixteen months.
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God Bless America – One Nation UNDER God!

By Maynard H. Belt

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord….” Psalm 33:12

There is no question that patriotism in our land has increased immensely since the 9/11 terrorist attack upon our country. Yet, in the very midst of such intensified loyalty, just last month the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, one of the most liberal in the nation, and whose decisions are often overturned, ruled that the words “under God,” added to the Pledge of Allegiance by Congress in 1954, violated the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. The decision stemmed from a lawsuit by a California father, a San Francisco doctor and atheist, who was annoyed and offended that his daughter had to listen to her second-grade classmates recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
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3 Essential Ingredients for Godly Fathering

We could easily become complacent in our fathering as Christians when we see the current statistics for homes that lack the physical presence of a father. We may think our children will be all right because we are there. But we risk being virtually absent as fathers if we do not have three essential ingredients as part of our practice of fathering.

The following is the sermon I preached at Jonesville Baptist Church on Father’s Day, June 16, 2002. You may want to send it to a father dear to you.
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Blessings of a Godly Mother

“There is a story about four preachers discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James Version best because of its beautiful, older, English. Another liked the New American Standard version best because it was closer to the original languages. Still another liked the New International Version because of its up-to-date vocabulary. The fourth minister was silent for a moment, then said, “I like my mother’s translation best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”Read More »Blessings of a Godly Mother