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Black Biblical History

ShepherdCalls_WPFebruary is Black History Month. Black people have contributed decidedly in making this a good country.

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, George Washington Carver, and Rosa Parks. These black heroes are well known; but there are others. On February 1, 2003, the American Ambassador to Oman delivered a speech in which he listed many little known outstanding black persons in American history.

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Cuddle… Cupid’s twin

ShepherdCalls_WPWhat you are about to read is fiction. The events never happened; therefore, the names have not been changed to protect the guilty. Still, there is truth here. See if you can find it.

Surely, you’ve heard of Cupid, but you may not have heard of Cupid’s twin, Cuddle. Cupid’s task is to arrange relationships; Cuddle’s work is to maintain them.

As you might expect, Cuddle’s assignment is more difficult

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My Friend, Jesus

ShepherdCalls_WPA good friend of mine passed away recently. I’ve reached the age when this happens much too frequently. He was a really lovable guy. Built like a teddy bear, he made you smile just by being in his presence. He was an artist, a musician par excellence. He earned his livelihood entirely with his music. He played the organ at his church for more than 50 years.

Quite witty, you

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Life in the Extreme

ShepherdCalls_WP“We are going to have a temperature swing of 50 to 70 degrees,” he exuded loudly. “That’s extreme!” His reference was to Sunday’s weather forecast. Then he repeated that oft remembered cliché, “If you don’t like the Missouri weather, just wait — it will change.”

His words “That is extreme,” still ring in my ears. Most of our weather is average. We call it normal. In fact, most

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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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