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uring a recent visit to Nolan’s house, which also just so happens to be where my son and daughter-in-law live, I had the great joy of getting a kiss goodnight. Nolan had finished his bath and the wonderful scent of the freshly cleaned toddler filled the air. Taking in deep breaths is like breathing in… Read More»

An old Calvin & Hobbs comic strip has six-year-old Calvin telling his dad, “I’ve decided I want to be a millionaire when I grow up.” His dad looks at Calvin and says, “Well, you’ll have to work pretty hard to get a million dollars.”

I was trying to figure out how many living Thompson relatives I have these days so I contacted my mother. She seems to know these things. According to her, there are over 110 of us spread across several countries. More are on the way. Excerpts from Psalm 127 come to mind: “Children are a gift… Read More»

I was going through some old files when I came across an old brochure titled, “Nuestros libros abren la puerta a un mundo nuevo.” In English that says, “Our books open the door to a new world.”

As we celebrate 50 years of ministry, I’ve been thinking a lot about family. I love how God’s Word reveals we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

  50 years ago, the average cost of a new house was $14,950. A gallon of gas cost 34 cents; the average annual income was $7,850; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 943. In 1968, the first Big Mac went on sale for 49 cents; Apollo 8, the first crewed Saturn V launched and… Read More»

A new year has begun. Just think of these beautiful words: “For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT). The “right time” for me is not only my… Read More»

It’s 82 degrees here as I write you this Christmas letter. To help get in the mood, I’ve lowered the thermostat to 70, fixed my screen-saver to show a light drifting snow over evergreen trees in the mountains, and have Bing Crosby singing, “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”.

Back then, my “trumpet duet” was a crowd favorite. I was in the middle of performing that number when the large crowd began to applaud and cheer like I had never experienced before or since. The large crowd started to push forward toward the stage to get a closer look as if they were experiencing some sort of musical miracle (search “solo trumpet duet” on YouTube to see this “miracle”).

ONE of my favorite comedies is the movie What about Bob (1991) starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley, an obsessive-compulsive-neurotic mess.

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