Religion

The ‘leaning tower of Dallas’ and Dwyane Wade on his child’s gender: When ‘sacred’ rights became ‘self-evident’

The ‘leaning tower of Dallas’ and Dwyane Wade on his child’s gender: When ‘sacred’ rights became ‘self-evident’

on February 19, 2020, 8:41 AM / in Religion

By Dr. Jim Denison The “Leaning Tower of Dallas” has made national news. Developers imploded an eleven-story building in our city Sunday morning to make way for a $2.5 billion development project, but nearly three hundred pounds of dynamite couldn’t finish the job. The middle core is still standing, though it is thirty-five feet shorter and listing at fifteen degrees. It will […]

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Press Release, United Methodist Conference

on February 19, 2020, 8:17 AM / in Local News, Religion

The United Methodist Church released the following, we highlighted a couple of important parts: 2020 LENTEN HUNGER OFFERING Assorted, ready-to-use promotional materials help churches & others participate in Memphis Conference campaign that begins Feb. 26 | DETAILS Clergy Taxes Feb. 17 is date for one-hour online training session | DETAILS Race Conversation Native American Resource Day Summer 2020 Staff March 31 is deadline for college-age […]

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The Voice of Faith

The Voice of Faith

on February 19, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Though the fig tree does not bud . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord.  Habakkuk 3:17-18 The news was numbing. The tears came so quickly that she couldn’t fight them. Her mind raced with questions, and fear threatened to overwhelm her. Life had been going along so well, when it was abruptly interrupted and forever changed without […]

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Serving With Limitations

Serving With Limitations

on February 19, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. —2 Corinthians 12:9 When he was not yet 4 years old, Itzhak Perlman was stricken by polio, making him unable to use his legs. But he compensated for that loss by devoting himself to his violin. In the years that followed, he delighted multitudes of people […]

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The latest on the Astros scandal: The only remedy for cheating in life

The latest on the Astros scandal: The only remedy for cheating in life

on February 18, 2020, 9:08 AM / in Religion

By Dr. Jim Denison “Spring training means flowers, people coming outdoors, sunshine, optimism, and baseball. Spring training is a time to think about being young again.” So said the great Ernie Banks, the most optimistic of all optimistic baseball players. Baseball has been called the “national pastime” since at least 1856. Now that spring training has begun, “hope springs eternal” yet […]

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Solitude and Service

Solitude and Service

on February 18, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.   Luke 9:11 Comedian Fred Allen said, “A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well-known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.” Fame often brings loss of privacy along with a relentless frenzy of attention. When […]

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Surprising facts about Washington and Lincoln: How their humility created and saved our nation

Surprising facts about Washington and Lincoln: How their humility created and saved our nation

on February 17, 2020, 7:50 AM / in Religion

By Dr. Jim Denison A top health official is reporting that forty-four Americans on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have been infected with the deadly coronavirus. Hundreds are fleeing Jackson, Mississippi, as the Pearl River rises to its highest level in decades. And authorities have confirmed the deaths of two men killed in a large avalanche in Colorado. When diseases and disasters make the […]

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Opening Doors

Opening Doors

on February 17, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.  Matthew 28:19 Charlie Sifford is an important name in American sports. He became the first African-American playing member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour, joining a sport that, until 1961, had a “whites only” clause in its by-laws. Enduring racial injustice and harassment, Sifford earned his place at the game’s highest […]

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Written on Our Hearts

Written on Our Hearts

on February 16, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.   Deuteronomy 6:6 In my neighborhood, religious inscriptions abound—on plaques, walls, doorposts, commercial vehicles, and even as registered names of businesses. By the Grace of God reads an inscription on a mini-bus; God’s Divine Favor Bookshop adorns a business signboard. The other day I couldn’t help smiling at […]

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Is this not the fast that I have chosen

Is this not the fast that I have chosen

on February 15, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

[The Lord said], “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: . . . Is it not to share your bread with the hungry?” — Isaiah 58:6-7 During Lent (the 40 days prior to Easter) many Christians follow the practice of giving up something and taking the time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself for us. One group […]

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A Widow’s Choice

A Widow’s Choice

on February 15, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.    Psalm 34:18 When a good friend suddenly lost her husband to a heart attack, we grieved with her. As a counselor, she had comforted many others. Now, after 40 years of marriage, she faced the unwelcome prospect of returning to an empty house at the end of each day. In the midst of […]

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‘Bachelor’ contestant makes her faith public: A Valentine’s Day call to courageous love

‘Bachelor’ contestant makes her faith public: A Valentine’s Day call to courageous love

on February 14, 2020, 8:41 AM / in Religion

By Dr. Jim Denison Madison Prewett is a contestant on The Bachelor. For those of us who don’t know how the show works (myself included until I did research for this article), a single bachelor meets a pool of eligible women. He then eliminates candidates, culminating in a marriage proposal to his final selection. During the process, a one-on-one date with […]

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The Ease of Ingratitude

The Ease of Ingratitude

on February 14, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful.  Hebrews 12:28 Thwip, thwap. Thwip, thwap. The windshield wipers slamming back and forth trying to keep up with the pelting rain only added to my irritation as I adjusted to driving the used car I had just purchased—an old station wagon with 80,000+ miles and no […]

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the master plan

the master plan

on February 14, 2020, 6:00 AM / in National News, People, Religion

By Rory Our music has taken us many incredible places and let us experience some amazing things in the past 8 years and people we meet have often asked if we had a plan to get to where we are.  I’ve always answered, “yes, there’s a master plan… it’s just not ours”. And so now, with the big week we have coming […]

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Ice Flowers

Ice Flowers

on February 13, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  1 Corinthians 12:4 Fifteen-year-old Wilson Bentley was captivated by the intricate beauty of snowflakes. He looked with fascination through an old microscope his mother had given him and made hundreds of sketches of their remarkable designs, but they melted too quickly to adequately capture their detail. Several years […]

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Undigested Knowledge

Undigested Knowledge

on February 12, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  John 8:31 In his book on language, British diplomat Lancelot Oliphant (1881–1965) observed that many students give correct answers on tests but fail to put those lessons into practice. “Such undigested knowledge is of little use,” declared Oliphant. Author Barnabas Piper noticed a parallel in his own life: “I […]

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Quote for Today

Quote for Today

on February 11, 2020, 6:00 AM / in History, Religion

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work […]

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Turn Off the Scoreboard

Turn Off the Scoreboard

on February 11, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32 At his son’s wedding reception, my friend Bob offered advice and encouragement to the newlyweds. In his speech he told of a football coach in a nearby town who, when his team lost a game, kept the losing score on the scoreboard all week to remind the team […]

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Jesus Over Everything

Jesus Over Everything

on February 10, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

He is before all things.  Colossians 1:17 My friend’s son decided to wear a sports jersey over his school clothing one day. He wanted to show support for his favorite team that would be playing an important game later that night. Before leaving home, he put something on over his sports jersey—it was a chain with a pendant that read, […]

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Secret Menu

Secret Menu

on February 9, 2020, 6:00 AM / in Religion

I have food to eat that you know nothing about.  John 4:32 Meat Mountain is a super-sandwich layered with six kinds of meat. Stacked with chicken tenders, three strips of bacon, two cheeses, and much more, it looks like it should be a restaurant’s featured item. But Meat Mountain isn’t on any restaurant’s published menu. The sandwich represents a trend […]

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