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Mid-Life Relationships between Parents and Children: Friendship

In recent months I wrote two birthday cards to my children within a month of each other.   I didn’t realize it until I had finished signing the second card and reading it again that I had included a similar thought … Continue reading

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Things that Strengthened our Marriage – Time Away with Friends

In the early 1990’s myself and two of my pastor friends traveled to New Hampshire to encourage a good friend of ours, who was pastoring in Connecticut.  A man in his church had a cabin in the middle of nowhere, … Continue reading

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Three Essential Qualities for Advisers

I attended a Christian college and we had chapel services during the week.   Those were great hours when some of America’s greatest preachers and Bible teachers came to speak to us.   Also, announcements were made that pertained to the student … Continue reading

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The Value of Advisors

In the early 80’s my wife and I lived in the Washington D.C. area and I had a good friend that was in the Secret Service.  When our friends from out of town would visit my friend would graciously take … Continue reading

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Depressed Leaders

About fifteen years ago I was riding with a well-known Christian leader.    It was a long trip and we had an opportunity to talk about a lot of subjects.   My friend was fifteen years older than me and had more … Continue reading

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Best Friends Care for Each Other

It was late at night, around 10 p.m., and our doorbell rang.   I’m still up at that time of night, but rarely have visits at that time unless it is a family member.   After turning the porch light on and … Continue reading

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Best Friends are Loyal to Each Other

My dad had a stroke in 2001 and gradually degenerated physically until he passed away in July of 2008.   He had a transportation business and loved to drive his bus and got to know many people through the years.   When … Continue reading

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Best Friends Encourage One Another

Recently one of my dearest friends stopped by the house to visit.    We talked for a while, mostly about nothing significant.   I was blessed and strengthened by our conversation.   It was especially meaningful because of my physical condition.   I have … Continue reading

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Best Friends are Honest

Once I was complaining about an issue and when I finally finished my diatribe a close friend made a quiet, but convicting comment to me.   He said, “Rick, that’s not like you to be cynical”.    While I didn’t enjoy the … Continue reading

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Best Friends Make Us Better People

Late on a spring Friday night in March, 1979 I received a phone call no one wants to receive.   I was at my parent’s home reviewing my notes for a Bible study for teenagers I was to give on Sunday.   … Continue reading

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