Religion

Be Careful What You Pray For?

Be Careful What You Pray For?

on January 17, 2018, 7:07 AM / in Religion

Be careful what you repeatedly ask of God. You can’t always judge a prayer by its answer. While it’s true that many times in his kindness God withholds granting what we foolishly or selfishly request (James 4:3), there are plenty of biblical examples where God eventually grants the persistent yet imprudent prayers of his people. Consider Israel’s repeated cry for […]

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A Hint of Heaven

A Hint of Heaven

on January 17, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.  1 Corinthians 14:12 The world-class botanical garden across the street from our church was the setting for an all-church community gathering. As I walked around the gardens greeting people I have known for years, catching up with those I hadn’t seen […]

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Desiring Growth

Desiring Growth

on January 16, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Anyone who lives on milk . . . is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. Hebrews 5:13 The axolotl (pronounced ACK suh LAH tuhl) is a biological enigma. Instead of maturing into adult form, this endangered Mexican salamander retains tadpole-like characteristics throughout its life. Writers and philosophers have used the axolotl as a symbol of someone who fears growth. […]

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What’s in the Bank?

What’s in the Bank?

on January 15, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 In the winter of 2009, a large passenger plane made an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River. The pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who landed the plane safely with no casualties, […]

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Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

on January 14, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.  Luke 9:62 Saying goodbye is hard—to family and friends, to a favorite and familiar place, to an occupation or livelihood. In Luke 9:57-62 our Lord describes the cost of being His disciple. A would-be follower says to Jesus, “I […]

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Having to Choose

on January 14, 2018, 6:00 AM / in National News, News, Opinion, Religion

By: Erick Erickson (Diary) Louie Giglio is a Christian pastor in Atlanta. For the past two decades he has spent his time getting Christians to focus on a topic dear to me — human trafficking.  That has been his calling and focus.  It is a worthy cause.  More than 17,000 people are smuggled into the United States each year to […]

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Gates of Paradise

Gates of Paradise

on January 13, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.   –  John 10:9 Italian artist Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378–1455) spent years skillfully crafting images of Jesus’ life into the bronze doors of Italy’s Florence Baptistery. These bronze reliefs were so moving that Michelangelo called them the Gates of Paradise. As an artistic treasure, the doors greet visitors with echoes of […]

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Choose To Feel

on January 12, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred. — Hosea 11:8 The bumper sticker on the blue van caught my attention: CHOOSE TO FEEL As I considered those words, I noticed the billboards I was passing. They urged me to choose things that would keep me from feeling—alcohol to deaden emotional pain; fat-laden food to alleviate feelings of emptiness; […]

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“CHOICE” || Spoken Word Poetry

on January 11, 2018, 8:58 AM / in Opinion, Religion

Thanks to Lucy for this one….. Abortion destroys precious individuals who are made in the image of God. “Choice,” a riveting Spoken Word video by Living Waters President, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, drives this urgent truth home, and holds up the glorious gospel as our only hope and remedy. This Sunday, January 15, is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, but the world needs to hear […]

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What’s The Point?

What’s The Point?

on January 11, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. —Ecclesiastes 12:13 What’s the point? This question came to mind as I watched my grandsons’ dog fetch a ball for me again and again. What’s the point? That’s what the writer of Ecclesiastes asked as he thought about the monotonous cycle he observed in nature and in life—the same […]

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America’s Next Bright Idea: Abandoning Monogamy

America’s Next Bright Idea: Abandoning Monogamy

on January 10, 2018, 8:53 AM / in Opinion, Religion

If there is no ultimate moral authority beyond our own happiness, these things make sense. The New Scientist recently ran a very scholarly article that asked the startling question whether or not we should simply abandon monogamy as a social institution since not many people actual adhere to it anymore. The author, Jessica Bond, argued: The lifelong commitment of two people […]

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Panic Prayers

Panic Prayers

on January 10, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. —Psalm 37:5 In her book Beyond Our Selves, Catherine Marshall wrote about learning to surrender her entire life to God through a “prayer of relinquishment.” When she encountered situations she feared, she often panicked and exhibited a demanding spirit in prayer: “God, I […]

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The 3 D’s

The 3 D’s

on January 9, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Opinion, Religion

Death, divorce, and disease could be called the three Ds of misery. They slice through life like a knife through butter; they raise doubts and destroy dreams. Recently, Sally and I agreed that we have had years where that we both would just as soon forget. We remember having suffered through at least two of the three in recent year Our conversation brought […]

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What’s Worth Keeping?

What’s Worth Keeping?

on January 8, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

For one morsel of food [Esau] sold his birthright. —Hebrews 12:16 A story is told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” “Not […]

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I’m in Debt

I’m in Debt

on January 7, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. —Romans 1:14 A shopper underestimated the total cost of her groceries. When the cashier added up the items, the woman was $4 short. Then something unusual happened. The man behind her in the checkout lane saw her digging through her purse and motioned to […]

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Undeserved Blessings

Undeserved Blessings

on January 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Opinion, Religion

God . . . has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. —Ephesians 1:3 Tennis superstar Arthur Ashe died of AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion during heart surgery. More than a great athlete, Ashe was a gentleman who inspired and encouraged many with his exemplary behavior on and off the court. Ashe […]

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The Parable of Two Shepherds

The Parable of Two Shepherds

on January 6, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

The Good Shepherd was leading His sheep in the Way only He knows, providing for their every need, protecting them from danger, and in return expecting only that they would hear His voice and follow Him. It came to pass that another shepherd would sometimes approach the flock, usually from the back, and cause a few select sheep to go […]

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Passion of the Christ actor: We must be ‘warriors’ ready to risk our lives for the Gospel

Passion of the Christ actor: We must be ‘warriors’ ready to risk our lives for the Gospel

on January 5, 2018, 6:40 AM / in Religion

By Lisa Bourne CHICAGO, Illinois,  (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics must be ready to risk their lives and reputations to defeat evil in the world, Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel told a gathering of Catholic college students this week. Only through the faith and Christ’s wisdom can we be saved, Caviezel said, but it will also take people who are prepared to […]

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“Enough!”

“Enough!”

on January 5, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

The rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. —James 1:11 After Bob Ritchie graduated from college, he spent the next two decades in the grasp of a love for money and advancement. He uprooted his wife and family five times for his career, so that he could make more money. Each time they left warm church communities behind. […]

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Deep Water

Deep Water

on January 4, 2018, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Let not the floodwater overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up. —Psalm 69:15 The builders of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) like to show us their products in mind-boggling situations. High on a mountain crag, where no truck could seemingly go. Or in a swamp so impassable you’d need a hovercraft to negotiate it. We’re supposed to think that […]

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