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A Proverb for the Day (19:8)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:59:48 +0000

“Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good” (Proverbs 19:8 ESV). We typically give our bodies what they need (e.g., food, sleep, shelter), but what about our souls? If we really want to take care of ourselves, we need to watch over our souls (cf. Matthew 16:26) and develop our minds. […]

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Understanding Repentance

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:35:46 +0000

Repentance is one of those religious words and ideas that not everyone understands. Some who do understand it suggest it is the hardest of the Lord’s commands. This grabs our interest and makes us want to know what the Bible says about repentance. It is an absolute necessity. Peter wrote that the Lord “is longsuffering […]

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Wouldn’t you like to know?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:59:31 +0000

THERE IS ONLY one occasion in Scripture when Jesus is recorded as writing anything; and, the Scriptures do not tell us what it was (John 8.6, 8)… Wouldn’t you like to know? I know I would. However, we are not told. As you recall, the occasion involved a woman taken in adultery.  When Jesus stooped […]

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:10:39 +0000

  In 1990, Robert Fulghum authored a best selling book titled All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  Doing a take-off of that title, someone (I know not who) wrote “All I Needed to Know I Learned From Noah’s Ark.”  I reproduce it below with a few comments of my own and commend […]

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God doesn’t wink at sin

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:02:00 +0000

ONE OF MY favorite scenes in Lean on Me takes place right after Morgan Freeman (Principle Joe Clark) orders the security guards to expurgate the drug dealers and hoodlums from Eastside… The rest of the student body watches in disbelief and cheers as the riffraff is forced off the stage and out of school forever. […]

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Take away my life; I might as well be dead!

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:22:58 +0000

  Elijah walked a whole day into the wilderness. He stopped and sat down in the shade of a tree and wished he would die. “It’s too much Lord,” he prayed. “Take away my life; I might as well be dead!”–1 Kings 19:4 (GNB)   AS Elijah sits under a Juniper tree, he is sad, lonely, dejected overwhelmed […]

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:02:57 +0000

Those who are even mildly acquainted with Olympic history will recognize the name of Jesse Owens.  At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Owens was the United States’ response to the German leaders’ claim for “Aryan superiority.”  He achieved international fame by winning four gold medals; one each in the 100 meter dash, the 200 […]

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When …

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:22:58 +0000

Note: The following piece came to me “author unknown.” It is not humorous, but is designed to cause us to reflect. I hope you appreciate the change of pace. When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don’t sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart […]

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:54:48 +0000

I will do more than belong; I will participate.   I will do more than care; I will help.   I will do more than believe; I will practice.   I will do more than be fair; I will be kind.   I will do more than forgive; I will work.   I will do […]

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Would you go into the wilderness?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:50:44 +0000

FOR MOST OF us, the idea of a wilderness recalls pictures of the Arizona desert or the Sahara or the Northern Territories… We think of a wilderness as a place where men cannot live. But what we really mean is that men cannot live in these places the way they would like to live. This […]

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A Love That Won’t Let Go

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:10:56 +0000

Bryan Chapell recalls that on August 16, 1987, Northwest Airlines flight 225 crashed just after taking off from the Detroit airport, killing 155 people.  One survived: a four-year-old from Tempe, Arizona, named Cecelia. News accounts say when rescuers found Cecelia they did not believe she had been on the plane.  Investigators first assumed Cecelia had been a […]

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God Bless America

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:20:06 +0000

   “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalms 33:12a). While the above words were spoken of Israel specifically, we make a mistake if we assume they should have no application to any nation that would choose to honor God, recognizing Him as sovereign and respecting His laws. Our nation, from its founding, and […]

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Would You Die For Jesus?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:25:19 +0000

If it came to it, would you be willing to die for Jesus?  I think we all would say, “Yes, if being faithful to Jesus meant forfeiting my life, I would die for Jesus.”  However, the thing about questions like that is that in this day and age, or at least in our culture, we’re […]

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A beaver and a chipmunk

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:25:02 +0000

Townsend, the developer of the laser, was once asked if he didn’t have a tremendous sense of achievement in all he had accomplished with his invention, such as methods for precision measurements, laser disc, and weapons technology. He remarked, “Not really.”  He said that he could easily identify with the beaver and relayed the following […]

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There’s Nothing the Matter with Me!

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:56:03 +0000

There’s nothing the matter with me, I’m just as healthy as can be, I have arthritis in both knees, And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze. My pulse is weak, my blood is thin, But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in. All my teeth have had to come out, And my […]

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Thankfulness helps me to be content, and at peace – and that in turn enables me to get along with others (cf. James 4:1).

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:41:49 +0000

Sermon: “Thanks-Living” College Ave Church of Christ Text: Colossians 3:15-17 Dan Williams Aim: to remind Christians of the benefits of a thankful heart. Thesis: an attitude of gratitude will enrich all of life: it will help to make our RELATIONSHIPS RIGHT, to make our ATTITUDE ATTRACTIVE, and to make our LIFE LOVELY. Introduction: THANKSGIVING is a […]

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52 Ways to Begin Changing Your Life Today

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:31:15 +0000

(No-Cost or Low Cost)     Do it!     Stop Complaining!     Serve someone less fortunate     Collect quotes     Volunteer     Mentor a child     Do something without personal glory     Turn off the news     Get rid of the stuff in your home (6 month rule)     Make cookies for a neighbor     Organize […]

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My grandfather just died

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:12:02 +0000

EXPECTATIONS OF JESUS   After being with his blind date all evening, the man couldn’t take another minute with her.  Earlier, he had secretly arranged to have a friend call him to the phone so he would have an excuse to leave if something like this happened. When he returned to the table, he lowered […]

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Avoid this rut or you’ll be in it for the next 25 miles!

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:49:05 +0000

In the Register and Tribune Syndicate, Frank Clark writes: Years ago when the western U.S. was being settled, roads were often just wagon tracks. These rough trails posed serious problems for those who journeyed on them. On one of these winding paths was posted a sign which read: “Avoid this rut or you’ll be in it […]

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Will we respect the Presidency?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:48:17 +0000

A sister in Christ was vocal about her political beliefs. She filled her time with political television and radio. It was the center of her being. One Sunday in Bible Class, we came to Peter’s command to “Honor the king” (1 Peter 2:17). She scoffed and with a disgusted look said she refused to honor the President. […]

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