Religion

No Looking Back

No Looking Back

on July 15, 2013, 7:21 AM / in Religion

No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. – Luke 9:62  When I was a boy on the farm, my dad would tell me, “You can’t plow a straight row if you look back.” You can test this for yourself by looking back as you walk through snow or […]

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From Sunset To Sunrise

From Sunset To Sunrise

on July 14, 2013, 7:41 AM / in Religion

As it is appointed for men to die once, . . . so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. – Hebrews 9:27-28 Kariel was riding home from a children’s program at church with her neighbor friends. Admiring the sunset, she said to Gini, the driver, “That sunset is so beautiful it looks like heaven!” So Gini […]

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Good Question

Good Question

on July 13, 2013, 5:57 AM / in Religion

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:30-31  “Finding the right questions is as crucial as finding the right answers,” says devotional writer Henri Nouwen. Yet how easy it is to run ahead of God’s Spirit as we talk to unbelievers about Christ, […]

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Beginning From The End

Beginning From The End

on July 12, 2013, 4:13 AM / in Religion

May the day perish on which I was born. – Job 3:3  At age 30 she was ready to give up. She wrote in her diary, “My God, what will become of me? I have no desire but to die.” But the dark clouds of despair gave way to the light, and in time she discovered a new purpose for […]

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The Rule of Paul

The Rule of Paul

on July 11, 2013, 6:42 AM / in Religion

By Dave Allen Black Church meetings today tend to be somewhat monolingual. By contrast, the early church seemed to welcome participation by all. This becomes clear when we read 1 Corinthians 12-14. The power of Christ’s upside-down kingdom lies in the corporate and community life of its citizens. Interestingly, this notion of mutual participation, this dialogical liberty, was described by […]

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Just Watch

Just Watch

on July 11, 2013, 4:09 AM / in Religion

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. – 1 Corinthians 11:1  The young boy looked up at his grandfather and wondered aloud, “Grandpa, how do you live for Jesus?” The respected grandfather stooped down and quietly told the boy, “Just watch.” As the years went by, the grand-father was an example to the boy of how to follow Jesus. […]

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Do We Know God?

Do We Know God?

on July 10, 2013, 4:06 AM / in Religion

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. – John 17:3 American writer Mark Twain was known for his wit and charm. On a trip to Europe he was invited to dinner with a head of state. When his daughter learned of the invitation, she said, “Daddy, you […]

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No Bad News

No Bad News

on July 9, 2013, 7:05 AM / in Religion

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28  Read: Esther 1:1-9 The unwillingness to listen to bad news has been blamed for everything from space shuttle disasters to corporate collapses to the spread of terrorism. Lengthy studies aren’t needed to determine why this happens. Bad news reveals problems; […]

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What you fear will test your faith in God the most!

What you fear will test your faith in God the most!

on July 7, 2013, 6:24 AM / in Religion

Think about that for a second! What is it you fear? There was this rather campy movie about football which starred Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves in which the coach played by Hackman asked this very question of his team players. Most thought of the standard, first thing that came to mind answer…. Spiders, dark places…. But Reeves’ answer was […]

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Called to Be Saints

Called to Be Saints

on July 5, 2013, 7:56 AM / in Religion

“Called to be saints.” Romans 1:7 We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were “saints” in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are “saints” whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject […]

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Inadequate Treatment

Inadequate Treatment

on June 24, 2013, 6:37 AM / in Religion

They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, “Peace, peace!” when there is no peace. – Jeremiah 6:14 A sprained ankle, so common during summer activities, can cause lingering problems if not properly treated. Minor sprains respond well to RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. But people who ignore a serious sprain and keep going in spite […]

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Gaining Respect

Gaining Respect

on June 23, 2013, 7:10 AM / in Religion

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. – Daniel 1:8  When a professional musician nicknamed “Happy” became a Christian, he quit playing in nightclubs and offered his services to a rescue mission. Some time later, he received a phone call from a club manager who wanted to hire him to do a show that would have […]

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Christianity’s Best Argument

Christianity’s Best Argument

on June 22, 2013, 4:06 AM / in Religion

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. – 1 Peter 3:15 What’s the best argument we can give those who ask why we have accepted Jesus as our Savior? How can we most persuasively bear witness to our faith? “Always be ready,” Peter urged, “to give […]

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Shooing Satan

Shooing Satan

on June 17, 2013, 4:51 AM / in Religion

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. – James 4:7  Down in Texas where I was raised, the standard way to respond when someone sneezed was to say, “Scat!” It was common practice, but I never knew why we said it. Now I know. It’s an old custom dating back to ancient times, when folks believed that sneezing […]

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That’s The Way It Works

That’s The Way It Works

on June 16, 2013, 4:48 AM / in Religion

Strive together with me in prayers to God for me. – Romans 15:30 In his book Dear Zoe, Max De Pree writes, “The way to turn problems over to the Lord is to ask His people for help.” Before flying to Europe on business, Max learned that his daughter was pregnant. Her marriage, however, was in serious trouble. Sorrow and […]

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Working Wisely

Working Wisely

on June 15, 2013, 4:46 AM / in Religion

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. – John 9:4 In a photo on my wall, a rusted rake leans against a post in a vegetable garden overgrown with weeds. I took the picture several months after my father-in-law died and there was no one to care for his usually well-tended garden. One […]

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We DO Have Some Problems Here

We DO Have Some Problems Here

on June 14, 2013, 8:34 AM / in Opinion, Religion

This column is archived here. Breitbart.com recently carried a report saying, “During his speech in San Jose, California on Friday, President Obama took one question from the press on national security monitoring of Americans. Without any sense of irony whatsoever in the aftermath of the IRS’ targeting of conservatives, the administration’s stonewalling on Benghazi, the Department of Justice’s targeting of […]

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He’s Always On The Bridge

He’s Always On The Bridge

on June 14, 2013, 4:43 AM / in Religion

I will not leave you nor forsake you. – Joshua 1:5 My friend Ralph had the thrilling experience of going on a short cruise on the aircraft carrier USS Kennedy. He saw jet fighters take off, land, and demonstrate maneuvers. He was told that whenever the planes are taking off or landing—dangerous operations—the captain watches from the bridge. Even if […]

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Spiritual Deafness

Spiritual Deafness

on June 13, 2013, 4:41 AM / in Religion

The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. – 1 Corinthians 2:14 Some people suffer from a strange hearing disorder—they can hear sounds but can’t understand words. They have no trouble hearing a bird sing or a watch tick, but words are as unintelligible as if they were a […]

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Have A Heart

Have A Heart

on June 12, 2013, 4:38 AM / in Religion

You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. – Exodus 22:21 People who lack feeling for others are like cold fronts on the weather map in winter—you’d rather see them going than coming. An example is the homeowner who treats the paperboy like the neighborhood pest. He acts as if […]

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