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November 08, 2019

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

— Proverbs 14:44

Monday, we will take time as a nation to honor our veterans that have served our nation so valiantly, whether during war or during peace time. I’m proud of our veterans.

This past week I…

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November 02, 2019

“So the men of Israel took some of their provisions and did not ask for the counsel of the Lord.” Joshua 9:14

There is a story in Joshua 9 about deception. Joshua had weathered the defeat at Ai, built an altar, and sacrificed to the Lord, whom Israel worshiped as their protector and…

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October 26, 2019

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that he is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” — Hebrews 11:1, 6

October 19, 2019

"Jesus looked at him and loved him. 'One thing you lack,' he said. 'Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." Mark 10:21 (NIV)

“Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell…

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October 05, 2019

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’” — John 2:5

The best is yet to come — an expression used to say that good things have happened but even better things will happen in the future. “Life is good now, but the best is yet to…

September 29, 2019

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

Fall. The time of the year when the leaves…

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September 21, 2019

“... but there is a God in heaven . . .” — Daniel 2:28

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him so greatly he couldn’t sleep. The next morning, he called his wise men and magicians and asked them to tell him the meaning of his dream. When they asked him what the…

August 31, 2019

My father was the oldest of 10 children. Before he finished the third grade, his dad took him out of school to work cutting pulp wood in the hills of Virginia to help provide for the growing family, so my dad had very limited book-learning. But with the work ethic instilled into him by his father,…

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August 25, 2019

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” — John 14:27

When I started writing my column this week we were experiencing a storm with loud thunder and crackling displays of…

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August 17, 2019

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” — John 13:34

Have you ever been in a worship service where the minister or song leader said, “Take a moment and tell the person in front of you and behind…

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