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What a bird's nest taught me about God

A robin's nest found in backyard where the drain spout curves away from the brick wall and joins the gutter (Credit: Jim Denison) Janet and I are a pet-less couple.  In our 34 years of marriage we have owned two dogs and a snake (actually, the snake belonged to our oldest son, but we paid his vet bills, which is another story entirely).  Since the snake died, we have been without a pet in our home.

From time to time, friends encourage us to get a dog.  We travel a great deal, however, so keeping up with a pet would be hard.  And we are aware of the fact that dogs want to be fed and walked and scooped-up after (euphemistically speaking), rain or shine.  If we could have a pet that required no maintenance, that would be ideal.

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Adolf Hitler, Guatemala, and culture changing teens

A high school girl from the United States walks off a soccer field, holding the hands of a young Guatemalan boy while on a mission trip in Zacapa,Guatemala (Credit: Brittany Kulick) My room is cool, dark and quiet, and yet, I've been having trouble sleeping for the past few nights. You see, I've just returned from two weeks in Zacapa, Guatemala with an incredible group of 13 high school students, and I'm missing the sounds of screaming geckos, the shriek of a girl who found a bat in the bathroom, and the chatter that happened right before bedtime—debriefing the day and comparing journals.

1 Timothy 4:12 is often quoted in youth groups, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." The repetitive use of this verse often diminishes its impact and the gravity. But these words, authored by the Holy Spirit through Paul, touch on the incredible power youth have to change the culture.

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'Perfect Aryan' child used by Nazis was Jewish

Hessy Taft recently presented the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel with a Nazi magazine featuring her baby photograph on the front cover, and told the story of how she became an unlikely poster child for the Third Reich (Credit: The Telegraph/Ohad Zwigenberg and Yedioth Ahoronot) Jacob and Pauline Levinsons moved to Berlin in 1928.  They were both singers.  Jacob accepted a position at a local opera house, but when they discovered that he was Jewish, they cancelled his contract.  The couple gave birth to Hessy Levinsons on May 17, 1934.

When she was six months old, her parents had her picture taken.  The photograph turned out so well that they framed it and propped it up on the piano.  They thought it was a private family photo.  But before long, the woman who helped clean the apartment brought surprising news: "I saw Hessy on a magazine cover in town."

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  • Back to school, for all of us

    Back to school, for all of us I was surprised at a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation stating that one out of three students scored "below basic" on a National Assessment of Education Reading Test.  Sixty-seven percent of all fourth graders in the United[…]

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