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The Good Die Young

Print or EmailTheDiscipleMD It was about nine years ago that I got the dreaded call from my older brother, Richard. I looked down at my cell phone to see his name light up. I knew that he had been in to see the doctor that week for a prognosis on his pancreatic cancer. When I […]

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Experiencing True Joy In The Morning!

Print or EmailTheDiscipleMD The date and time had been set. Our third child would be delivered, as scheduled, the next morning. Back then we didn’t know if it would be our first daughter, or our third son who would join our family. Either way, I knew that “joy would come in the morning”. (Psalm 30:5) […]

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O Savior Stay This Night With Me!

Print or EmailTheDiscipleMD A few years ago the focus of a church meeting was the hymns of our faith. It brought me to reflect upon my favorite hymn. My favorite hymn today is not my favorite hymn of yesteryear. My favorite characters found in the scriptures have been changing, according to my age and life experiences. So too, […]

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When Our Garden Turns Into Gethsemane

Print or EmailTheDiscipleMD I learned a valuable lesson from a man who told me that a number of years ago a married brother of his had been on the verge of making a major mistake that would have a lasting negative impact on his family, as well as the extended family. With much consternation he […]

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The Shattered Music Box (The Drummer Boy Played On!)

Print or EmailTheDiscipleMD A few years ago I was preparing to teach an early morning religious class for our youth. It was centered on the gift of “spikenard” that Mary used to anoint the head and feet of the Savior just prior to his death. The lesson asked the instructor to bring to class a […]

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The Mighty Bridge Builders (To Those Who Break The Cycle Of Abuse!)

Print or EmailTheDiscipleMD Over the years I have developed tremendous admiration for those who I symbolically label as “The Mighty Bridge Builders.” These are individuals who have the strength of character to break a cycle of violent behavior or abuse that has existed in their family lines, or who have overcome abusive behavior that was […]

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To Be A Partaker Of Hope We Must Plow And Thresh!

Print or EmailTheDiscipleMD To hope for something while not moving towards it, is to aspire to failure. Most of us have hope for many good things in this life and for the eternities.  But hope alone will not make these things come to pass. I believe that is why so often our hopes are dashed. We must […]

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Dear Daddy!

Print or EmailTheDiscipleMD “Dear Daddy.” That is how the note began that my little daughter wrote on the day I was informed of my sister’s untimely, and unexpected passing; and somehow, finding her note on my pillow that night brought great comfort. The words she wrote were simple and to the point. Her note simply […]

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