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An Uncle Rick Character Lesson

An Uncle Rick Character Lesson

An Uncle Rick Character Lesson On Christmas morning of 2002, my son Nate walked into our living room and dropped a little gift on to the lap of his little sister, Carrie. The present wasn’t just for Carrie but for the whole family. It was a puppy! The tiny black morsel of dog flesh was the first dog we had owned in a few years. There were cries of joy and excitement from the whole

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Uncle Rick’s Favorite Time of the Week

One thing in my life that I really, really, love is family night. That’s when my children and grandchildren all come up to my house for a special time. Sometimes not everybody can come…maybe someone has to work, or if there are sick grand kids, they have to stay home with their mom or dad, but most of the family usually makes it to Granddad and Nana’s house on family night. It’s a fun time.

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor

“The “how” and the “why” of our beloved republic are so much better understood than the “who.” The United States of America was born in 1776 but it was conceived 169 years before that. The earliest settlers had watered the new world with much sweat. They had built substantial holdings for themselves, for their families. And when a time came to separate themselves from a tyranny an ocean away, at best it meant starting all

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Uncle Rick’s Puppy Pics

Hey, little buddies! We have new puppies at my house! Can you guess what they look like? This is their daddy. His name is Mosby. Mosby is a yellow Labrador Retriever. His coat is a very light yellow. This is their Mom. Her name is Abigail Adams. She is a Bloodhound and her coat is black and tan. Who would you guess the puppies would look like-Mosby or Abigail? Here are the puppies: Huh? The

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A Cold, Wet Lesson

A Cold, Wet Lesson

Long ago when I was young, I used to dream of living in a log cabin on a farm in the hills. I had grown up in the suburbs and I thought it was boring. School was boring too. I wanted to live far out in the country where nobody would bother me. I didn’t want to do boring school work anymore. I wanted to hunt and fish and swim and explore caves—whenever I wanted

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Choose Your Friends Wisely

Choose Your Friends Wisely

Hey, little buddies! “Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”  That’s Proverbs 25:26 and it contains a principle that I hope you’ll pay careful attention to. Have you ever drunk from a spring?  I have many times.  Once when I was a boy I visited in the home of some people who had no well and who lived out in the country where there

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Don’t Harden Your Neck

Don't Harden Your Neck

Don’t Harden Your Neck Hey, little buddies! Proverbs 29:1 says, “A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.”  A hard neck is talking about a  horse that doesn’t want to obey the rider.  When the rider pulls on the reins to slow the horse down or turn him in another direction, the horse makes his neck stiff so the rider can’t control him and he can go on

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Honor the Elderly

Honor the Elderly

Honor the Elderly Hey, little buddies! A few days ago, a friend of our family went to heaven. His name was Charlie Reed and he was 93 years old.  Mr. Reed was a soldier in World War II.  That’s a long time ago now, but there are still some old soldiers living who fought for our freedom in that awful war. One of my daughters was a special friend of Mr. Reed.  She named her

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We Are Not in This Race Alone!

We Are Not in This Race Alone!

We Are Not in this Race Alone! Hey, little buddies! It was beautiful out this morning, so when I got to the farm I was looking forward to giving Major, Daisy and Mosby a nice run behind the truck.  That’s a ritual we enjoy together almost every day that the ground is dry enough to drive on.  We usually go a mile or two on the gravel roads here at Mr. Titus’ place and we

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God Made You Just the Way You Are!

God Made You Just the Way You Are!

Have you ever felt inferior? Have you ever felt bad because your brother or your sister or your friend could do certain things better than you? I used to. When I was a boy I had a terrible feeling of inferiority. My older brother was good at sports and smart in school. I was not very good in sports and hated school. I was also small for my age, so I got picked on a

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