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J.D. Manders Faith, Family, and Faithful Service

  • The Guard Is Family
    by jdmanders on November 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Many service members feel alone. This is especially the case in the reserve components, where people often see their brothers and sisters and arms once a month and struggle more with daily life. At the same time, reservists and guardsmen have bonds that that often surpass those experienced by other service members. We should always…

  • Lucy’s Love for Linus
    by jdmanders on November 2, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    This week, I watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” as I have every Halloween since I was a child. Many people have often found solace and deep meaning in the Peanuts cartoons, and especially in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The Halloween special is no different. In this case, the deepest meaning comes with a…

  • Learning from History: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee
    by jdmanders on October 18, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Many people tend to judge historical characters based on their stand on issues that align with modern political opinions. In fact, we find that, like all people, most historical characters are complex, with good traits and bad. Most do not fit neatly into modern categories of correctness. Many make mistakes. Some evolve and become better…

  • When Life Isn’t Fair
    by jdmanders on October 4, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    We’ve all heard children say, “It isn’t fair.” Most children have an innate sense of fairness or justice, often because they’ve not yet been conditioned to see differences in outcomes. This is why so many children raise issues of unfairness when they see it, especially when it concerns themselves. While many parents simply dismiss such…

  • How to Answer Deep Questions
    by jdmanders on September 21, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    I recently had a friend who told me about her daughter asking a question about why an eternal God created a mortal world. I shared with him questions my own daughters had sometimes raised, such as how God can be sovereign and still give people free will. Most parents receive questions like these from children…