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Your Place on the Team

Attending a baseball game recently, I had a flashback to my own playing days and this interesting reflection - I never hit a Home Run - not in Little League, Summer Baseball Camp, Pony League, High School, College, Semi-pro Softball, Church League Softball - not one Home Run. In a world where the Home Run is celebrated as the ultimate, I was a spray hitter, lots of singles, a few doubles, RBIs, walks, stolen bases, and sacrifice bunts, but no dingers. So was I a valuable member of the team?…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on July 28, 2017 at 10:39am — No Comments

Solitude Sometimes

As a workaholic, I never cared much for solitude.  Oh, I knew about it and my need for it, but I just never made time for much of it.  I could quote Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God” and even learned the NASV translation, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” Even when I taught this as a part of discipleship, I quickly added, “Do as I say, not as I do.”  Workaholics think very little of solitude and workaholics who are also perfectionist think even less. But we who are…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on June 5, 2017 at 8:36am — No Comments

The Sweetness of Friendship

The first call came when I was out of the country. It was a request for prayer. I promised not only to pray but make a visit as soon as I returned home. The second call came in less than a week - from his sister – one year ago this past week. Unfortunately, my promised visit would be to conduct his funeral. When I was fourteen years old my pastor-father changed churches and I was not happy - leaving my friends, changing schools, changing churches, etc. I dutifully went to Sunday School on…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 30, 2017 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

Portions

At a Bar B.Q. restaurant I recently ordered a two-meat dinner of sliced brisket and sausage. When I finished cutting the brisket into normal size bites, I had a total of six bites of rather thin sliced meat. I know the price of beef is increasing, but this clearly was not the portion I wanted. It set me thinking about “portions” and took me back to a painful event several years ago when the will of a family member was read and I was notified that I, and two other members of the family, had…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on April 15, 2017 at 11:16am — No Comments

Boundary Lines

 I spent my pre-college, teen-age years living in the city of Houston, Texas. My small-town parents worried constantly for my safety and sanity in the big city. Thus they set boundary lines for me. There were certain parts of the city where I was not allowed, and certain places that were off-limits to me. As the son of a Southern Baptist pastor, you can imagine where some of those places were. But I survived and to this day have wonderful (although…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on March 28, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

Hope Times Three

Three funerals in ten days! I guess one should expect that in the later years of life. At least I have been in the pulpit and pew, and not in the casket. Or as one friend exclaimed, “We’re still on the green side of the grass!” The three deceased were very different in personalities and profession, in characteristics and calling. Yet there was a common thread in the three memorial services – all three were believers. It was affirmed that we knew where each of them now existed – heaven. It…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on February 26, 2017 at 9:34am — No Comments

The Fullness of Time for Jesus, and for You

I wonder if prior to reaching the age of thirty, Jesus ever wondered when His time would come. It wasn’t up to Him. It would happen in the “fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4), just like everything else happens on God’s calendar. To reach their destiny, others would fight their way up, or politic their way up, or pay their way up, but not Jesus. When John the Baptist pointed out Jesus, it was because the time was right. From obscurity to prominence, Jesus didn’t have to fight His way out,…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 22, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Journey on, Again

Many have likened life to a journey.  I think it is rather a series of short journeys, phases of life, chapters in a larger story.  We depart and we return, and even though we can’t really go home again, we can go through home again, and when we do, we find those who celebrate with us, and encourage us to go again.  I had a favorite author, who disappointed me by later lifestyle choices, but once wrote profound words, “Everyone who returns from a long and difficult trip is looking for…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 5, 2016 at 8:34am — No Comments

A Friday worth Forgetting

It was a Friday worth forgetting. We sat in a small, cold, hospital emergency room, and listened to a Surgeon we had never met before, as he described the delicate, complicated surgery he would be performing on my wife. An accident had fractured her pelvis, and a faulty x-ray had allowed her to keep walking until her pelvis had separated from her hip, and now surgery was required. It would be followed by three months of no weight being put on her left leg, multitudes of pain pills, long…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 29, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Friday worth Forgetting

It was a Friday worth forgetting. We sat in a small, cold, hospital emergency room, and listened to a Surgeon we had never met before, as he described the delicate, complicated surgery he would be performing on my wife. An accident had fractured her pelvis, and a faulty x-ray had allowed her to keep walking until her pelvis had separated from her hip, and now surgery was required. It would be followed by three months of no weight being put on her left leg, multitudes of pain pills, long…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 28, 2016 at 6:12am — No Comments

Backstories and Testimonies

I saw a new word this week, at least a new word for me – backstory. The definition is obvious – “a story that tells what led up to the main story.” In church we call this a testimony. I’m not surprised that the media opted for “backstory” over “testimony.” My “backstory” is interesting, exciting, diverse, and much too involved to include here. With a Pastor for a father I grew up in church. As another said, “My drug problem was that I was drug to church several times each week.” Testimonies…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on October 5, 2016 at 9:29am — No Comments

Learning from Suffering

Suffering is an effective teacher, both for the one who is suffering and for the caregiver. I’ve learned a few lessons thus far in my 24/7 caregiving of my wife, following her accident, surgery, hospital and rehab stay, and now home health care activities. One lesson learned is that when you share the pain with others (in person, or on social media), you get varied responses. While the majority are sympathetic, prayerful, and affirming, a few are critical of any focus on the caregiver that…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 27, 2016 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Electives and Requirements

I recently asked a college student, “How are you classified”? “Oh, I don’t know, I’ve been taking mostly courses that I want to take,” she said. Focus on electives, and graduate in 5, 6, 7 years. Focus on requirements, and more likely graduate on time! Life is made up of both electives and requirements, and the Bible helps us separate them. The verses that precede Micah 6:8 ask what kind of sacrifices would please God – burnt offerings, calves one year old, thousands of rams, 10,000 rivers…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on August 30, 2016 at 11:01am — No Comments

Rub it Off and Play Ball!

I was in the Emergency Room Waiting Area, waiting on the arrival of a friend from the church where I was serving as Interim Pastor, when a young mother brought her screaming child in the room. The frightened child was yelling loud enough to be heard three floors up – “I OK, I OK, No owie! No owie!” Other than being temporarily deafened, I survived the experience with only a ministerial application. How many times have I hurt, yet still screamed to my listening world, “I OK! No owie!” Is it…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on July 30, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

Be Brief Beloved

I guess it all started with my parents’ subscription to Reader’s Digest. I enjoyed reading the brief articles. I never much liked reading long bodies of material at one setting. Then I had a Seminary professor who assigned us fifty-word papers to write. He said anyone could elaborate, but an accomplished writer could abbreviate. So I guess that’s how I got to writing my one paragraph, spiritual jump-starts for the week, entitled, Dr. Dan’s Monday Morning Manna. It doesn’t quite fit in the…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on June 29, 2016 at 9:03am — No Comments

Doing what we do, in God’s Strength

A few years ago, an interesting question surfaced in classrooms and seminars, “If you knew you wouldn’t fail what would you do?” In the follow-up discussion, I always had to remind my students the only way to avoid failure, was to do no more, nor no less than what God called them to do. The Apostle Paul had an amazing agenda, and may have been asked, “How do you keep doing all that you do?” His answer was written to a group of believers in Philippi, “I can do all things through Christ who…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 30, 2016 at 10:40am — No Comments

The Must of Decision-Making

Numerous times I find truth in a statement shared by a friend. Occasionally, I find humor in a comment made by a friend. Sometime, I find both truth and humor in the same quote. It happened recently with an anonymous quote posted on Facebook: “Make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.” Anyone who has driven Texas highways and backroads as I have, understands the meaning of the reference. Granted the image is a bit gross, but shockingly…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on April 27, 2016 at 12:15pm — No Comments

WATCHING OUR WORDS

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is an English nursery rhyme dating back to 1862. We all said this when some bully, or some insensitive friend, made remarks to us or about us. Even though we said it, we knew it wasn’t true. Words do hurt, sometimes more than sticks and stones. I was reminded of this not long ago, when a friend made a hurtful remark about me. If the remark had been true it wouldn’t have hurt so bad, but it was false. Perhaps a…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on March 30, 2016 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Faith in the Face of Fear

Fear is a major part of life. It is both bad and good, sometimes crippling us, other times protecting us. Not even the bravest among us is exempt from fear. We fear everything from what others do to us, to what we might do to ourselves. We fear words, feelings, impressions, reactions, the unknown, the uncomfortable, and the unsure. According to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt we even have a fear of fear itself. This is not new. In biblical times God reminded Israel, “Fear not, for I…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on February 27, 2016 at 8:51am — No Comments

So Simple, It’s Profound

The sign attracted my attention. It was so simple, yet so profound. It bypassed theory and landed on reality. “You know it’s cold outside” the sign read, “when you go outside, and it’s cold.” It reminded me of a weather forecast I heard on a Brownwood, Texas radio station during my college days, “The low tonight will be near tomorrow” said the weatherman. Simplicity is often overlooked in favor of more sophisticated expressions. Some days, we just need simple truth. This one comes to mind:…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 28, 2016 at 12:06pm — No Comments

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