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A Boy and a Bear

At our Texas “Masters Plan for Fatherhood” conference, Don Hart, speaking from Ephesians 6 on the whole armor of God, told a story from his own life about the importance of having your spiritual weapons at hand – at all times. He said, “My best times as a son were always with my dad. Now that I know what it is to be a hard-working, tired daddy myself, I’m so much more grateful for all his sacrifices for me. He was never too tired – he just gave himself for us…and one time he gave me a bear hunt. He went with me, and it was glorious. On that hunt, I learned a lesson about how much good a weapon does a man if it is NOT in his hand…and I almost learned it the hard way. ” Here is the rest of the story of a boy and a bear:

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At the Grave of John G. Paton in Melbourne



Today we went to the grave of one of the greatest missionaries in history, John G. Paton. Here are a few of his reflections:

His Trust in the Promise of Jesus

His courage and peace was fueled all his life long by the words of His Lord in the Great Commission, “Lo I am with you alway, even to the end of the age.” He wrote,

“’Lo, I am with you alway!’
The secret of a quiet heart!
The secret of a gallant spirit!
The secret of a sunny faith!
The text so often on the tongue! The text upon the tomb!
’Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end!’”

His Honor of His Father

One of the most remarkable aspects of his life is the impact of his father. The memory of his father was one of the centering inspiring forces that worked in his soul. Paton wrote the following about his father’s prayer closet in their thatched house, ‘but we children knew that it was a reflection of the Divine Presence in which his life was lived’. He also wrote,

‘Never,’ he says, ‘in temple or cathedral, on mountain or in glen, can I hope to feel that the Lord God is more near, more visibly walking and talking with men, than under that humble cottage roof of thatch and oaken wattles. Though everything else in religion were by some unthinkable catastrophe to be swept out of memory, my soul would wander back to those early scenes, and would shut itself up once again in that sanctuary closet, and, hearing still the echoes of those cries to God, would hurl back all doubt with the victorious appeal: He walked with God; why may not I?

His Love for Cannibals

One lesson from his life comes from the way he loved the rebellious that God called him to. He was not put off by the cannibals:

‘My first impressions,’ he tells us, ’drove me to the verge of utter dismay. On beholding the natives in their paint and nakedness and misery, my heart was as full of horror as of pity. Had I given up my much-beloved work, and my dear people in Glasgow, with so many delightful associations, to consecrate my life to these degraded creatures? Was it possible to teach them right and wrong, to Christianize, or even to civilize them?’

His Courage in the Face of Danger

His calm in time of crisis caused one friend to say he was the most courageous man he ever knew. On one occasion, when he was in a tree and being threatened from below, he reflected,

‘During the crisis, I felt generally calm and firm of soul, standing erect and with my whole weight on the promise, Lo, I am with you alway. Precious promise! How often I adore Jesus for it and rejoice in it! Blessed be His name!’

‘I have always felt that His promise, Lo, I am with you alway, is a reality, and that He is with His servants to support and bless them even unto the end of the world.’

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Scott and Kevin Down Under

Preparing Boys for Battle

How a Parade Honors Others

We held our very first parade at the Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic.

Parades are iconic in many cultures. In the Roman culture, parades were held for the great victories and celebrated the might and power of the Roman state.

In America however, we should have parades in celebration of significant events and should use them to establish the significance of and remember the goodness of God to us as a nation, whom He has protected and given great blessing to. (more…)

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Triumphing Over the Obstacles in Your Path

Here are my grandsons, Triumph and Knox, making their way through the Military Obstacle Course that we set up for Memorial Day. With an imaginary sniper bunkered down in a fox hole, teams of young soldiers tried to complete the obstacle course. (more…)

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Little Boys of North Carolina Unite

Please accept my invitation to join my grandsons, Triumph and Knox (pictured above), for our annual Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Picnic.

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With the Price Brothers Before the Memorial Day Picnic

Why Do Some People Succeed and Others Fail?

Same Journey – Different Results. They left at the same time, but one would return and the other would perish. This is the story of personal life, family life, church life, and business life. It matters how you proceed. Here is a dramatic example: the 1911 Antarctic expedition led by Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott. The destination of both men was the South Pole, but the results of their two journeys were radically different. (more…)

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