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How to Treat Your Children

ShepherdCalls_WPWhen I was 11, my father asked my advice about an important matter. “Son, I’ve been offered a new job. I must answer soon. What do you think I should do?”

“Huh?” I answered with typical 11-year-old intelligence. I was surprised by the news and by the question.

“I’ve been offered a job in Tennessee. It’s a lot more money, but we’ll have to move. I need your advice.”

We

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Bird Watching

ShepherdCalls_WPFrom the trash in my workshop, I rescued two old bird feeders. Our home sits amid many trees. That is great for a birdwatcher like me. However, trees attract other creatures as well as birds. We are overrun with squirrels. They are not satisfied with robbing the bird feeders; they regularly gnaw on our house.

I have spent countless hours and money repairing the damage they wreak. In exasperation, several

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The Light of the World

ShepherdCalls_WPAs of Jan. 1, 2014, light bulbs, as most of us know them, can no longer be made in the United States, nor can they be imported into the United States. The new light bulb standards are designed to make light bulbs more efficient and reduce the amount of energy our country uses. The old bulbs are real power burners; yet, most of us leave the lights on even when

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Snoopers Beware

ShepherdCalls_WPOne summer the raccoons were destroying the plants on our deck. We couldn’t have any flowers in the yard because the deer ate them, so I moved our flowers to the deck. Now the pesky raccoons were getting on the deck and digging up the flowers. I covered the dirt around the plants with wire, but they still dug them up. I covered the wire around the plants with rocks.

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Facing Another Year

ShepherdCalls_WP“If you want to see God smile, tell Him your plans.” Despite knowing that truism, I outlined our plans for Christmas in The Shepherd Calls last week. We had scarcely hit the “send” key on the computer when things began to change. A week later, those plans are still changing.

I mention this because soon we will be making New Year’s resolutions. Obviously, we humans are not captains of our

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Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday

ShepherdCalls_WPA short time from now, the world will celebrate Jesus’ birthday again. This is not the first celebration of His birth. No, His birthday has come and gone more than 2,000 times. Some people make this celebration short, simple, and sincere. In the United States, we make the celebration long and bright. We begin our revelry weeks before Christmas — we sing, we shop, we decorate our houses inside and

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Christmas Behind the Scenes

ShepherdCalls_WPSome shepherds were just doing their thing — watching the sheep — when an angel interrupted to tell them Christmas had arrived, “The Savior is born. Christ has arrived in the world.” The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem to check it out.

The historian Luke tells us the shepherds were watching their flocks “by night,” presumably to protect them from wild animals, thieves, or simply keep them from wandering off, as

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A Name Above Every Name

ShepherdCalls_WPMany years ago, our family decided to get a pet. I was not thrilled by the idea, but my wife and four children “convinced” me. My objection was overruled, but still we had a problem. Some of the children wanted a dog, and some wanted a cat. Even though I was still in the objective case, my wife lovingly consulted me about this problem. “What should we do?” she asked.

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Take a Walk

ShepherdCalls_WPJournalist Paul Salopek is making a trek that covers the route humans followed to settle earth thousands of years ago. Beginning in Ethiopia, the assumed beginning point of human civilization, he will travel through all the continents and conclude the journey in South America’s Tierra del Fuego, Chile. His journey totals 21,000 miles, and he is traveling on foot. He is walking! His reasoning is “the earliest humans walked this

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