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Can’t you just picture it in your head? Colonel Worthington Worm called his tactical team together in a planning meeting one balmy evening in Oklahoma. “Attention, majors. We are officially at...

 

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“C’mon, Daisy, you ain’t sick, and ya shore ‘nuff ain’t old, so jest keep movin’.” Dan Durbin urged his beloved dappled gray mare up the gently sloping land and halted near a huge...

 

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Remember the story of a certain ornery little twelve-year old boy, who showed up at school one morning with an impressive shiner? His black eye was truly a thing of brutal beauty. Upon greeting him,...

 

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Are you easily swayed, duped, confused – and way too often, deceived by your own thoughts? Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger – it happens to a lot of us. The things we allow ourselves to dwell...

 

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You have seen it, surely. There’s the tomboy mom who somehow gave birth to a princess daughter who despises the dirty outdoors, but loves makeup, and high fashion. The mother is left to wonder if tw...

 

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Life can be a lot like Gomer Pyles’ favorite saying: “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” When you are coasting along, never expecting the unusual, it happens. Just a week ago, on a quiet Saturday...

 

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A daily two-mile walk is an excellent thing for many of us. There’s nothing like fresh air, exercise, and an invigorating conversation with your walking buddy. Those four thousand plus steps can...

 

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At the tender age of 15, Andy Bowman answered God’s call to make ministering to people his No. 1 goal for the rest of his life. Ministry is his first love. But did that call on his life demolish...

 

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Ever used a dull steak knife and had to hack and tear your way through that ribeye? Ever tried to use a pair of scissors that lost its sharp edge a long time ago? Ineffective at best, and it can actua...

 

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Okay, surely she is not the only person who has had this happen. Got up this morning and it was just another day. Not great, not terrible. Just another ordinary day. Went into the closet and found...

 

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Happy? Maybe you are and maybe you’re not. But one thing is certain, you have the right to try to be happy. You have the right to pursue happiness in your own life. No doubt about it, we like to be...

 

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The four-year-old little girl had a startlingly vivid imagination. She loved to live in a make-believe world of her own, and expected everyone else who happened to be around to follow along. One day...

 

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This is a true story, probably countless times through the span of history. A young lady graduated high school and was bound for the college of her choice. Scholarships and loans were in place. Her...

 

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As a young boy, I would ask my dad for permission for something I wanted. Sometimes the answer was “Yeah sure, that’ll work, go ahead.” But all too often the response I received was not exactly...

 

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Andy was only a green 20-year-old when he was called to his very first pastorate out in the Panhandle of Oklahoma. Located in a rural isolated community, this tiny church was accustomed to getting...

 

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Occasionally we fix oatmeal for breakfast. Not your favorite thing to eat of a morning? Me neither. So doctor it up. Cinnamon, sugar, and raisins can make even shoe leather pretty tolerable. One...

 

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Why is it so hard to put your spouse first, without expecting anything in return for your absolutely selfless kindness and generosity…sigh? (Yep, I have my tongue tucked way back in my cheek on...

 

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On Mother’s Day, this article comes from Andy: One of my favorite memories is from the earlier years of our marriage, when our two sons were just beginning elementary school age. During those...

 

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Years ago our family traveled a lot, singing on Sunday morning in churches in other states. Back in those days, when you attended church you were expected to dress more formally than is accepted...

 

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Ever been caught in a situation where your say-so doesn’t carry enough weight to make a difference? When you totally disagree with the decision, but there isn’t much you can do to change what’s...

 

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After many years of neglecting his family, a hard-working successful salesman finally took his wife on a date. Unfortunately, very conscious of the time he was ‘wasting,’ he frequently checked his...

 

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Some years, and quite a few Coffeetime Columns ago, we wrote an article called Hellion Alert. It was about Andy recounting a true incident of eating lunch in a restaurant where a small, undisciplined...

 

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Every Easter there I would go, racing across the yard at my parents’ home. Trying to beat my little brother to all the brightly colored eggs that were hidden everywhere. Fun – you bet. Competitive...

 

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Ever had the opportunity to spend any time on the farm or simply drive thru the country side? If so, you probably watched horses and cows grazing in pastures, and likely you have noticed something....

 

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Andy was preparing his own lunch that day. Renie wasn’t feeling well, so he was on his own. He decided he would open up a can of soup, add a few crackers, and he’d be just fine. The rest of the...

 

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