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Go out into all the World

"And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled."  Luk 14:23 Last week as I was preparing for my temporary move to Evansville IN, I was watching Fox and Friends and they were filming from the last open Blockbuster store located in Bend, Oregon.  Kevin McCarthy, a regular movie critic on the Fox morning show was playing the part of an employee helping customers.  It brought back lots of memories of going to our Read more [...]
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As though you were there too

"Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body."  Heb 13:3 I had the opportunity this past weekend along with my wife to attend a one day conference in South Carolina put on by the great organization Voice of the Martyrs.  It was an incredible time to hear stories from people who have suffered for their faith and service to God while sharing the gospel to those who need to hear it.  One lady, Gracia Burnham was Read more [...]
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As through a key hole

"But, as it is written, 'No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, is what God has prepared for those who love him'"  1 Cor 2:9 My family and I went to see a movie this afternoon.  As we were waiting for it to begin, we were watching the previews of upcoming films.  Suddenly, in one of the previews, one of the characters said something that I find profound.  "You are looking at life as through a keyhole."  As I was pondering this, God spoke to me and said that many view Read more [...]
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Our Role in Politics

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."  1 Tim 2:1-2 I normally try to stay clear of politics and discussing political matters.  However, in watching what is happening in this campaign, I feel it is important to say a few words regarding the state of politics today.  First of all, I will say that Read more [...]
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Love our neighbors

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Mat 22:39b When we think of the word neighbor, we often think of those who live beside us, across the road from us, or maybe several houses down.  However, was this what was meant by Jesus in the above verse?  I do not think so.  According to Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, it means 'any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet.'  In other words, every human on this earth is Read more [...]
Categories: Culture, Theology

Sometimes we are called to weep

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep."  Rom 12:15 Years ago, I became aware of a conversation between two Christians regarding the sufferings of many individuals caught in the horrors of human trafficking.  One of them was relating some of the things people suffered at the hands of evil traffickers.  After a short time, the other raised her hands and declared, "I do not want to hear anymore, it is taking away my joy."  She then walked off and became involved in another Read more [...]
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Do we stand out

As many of you know, I am an avid reader.  My focus is on non-fiction, however, every now and then I will relax with a good story, but have not done so in a while.  This past couple of weeks I have been reading a book entitled "Taking Sides : Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Religion", edited by Daniel K Judd.  Basically, there are a series of Yes and No questions, with two essays regarding each question, one explaining why the answer is Yes, and another explaining why it is No.  In Read more [...]
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Lets Get Serious

A former Muslim who goes by the pseudonym Muhammad Kemel recently told the editor of 'Why we left Islam' the following, "Muslims all over the world are working hard to achieve [the] goal of submission of the entire world to Islam."  This confirms what I have heard from many experts regarding Islam, that their goal is to convert the entire world to Islam, and kill those who will not submit.  This is especially true when Christians are involved.  There is no mercy for those who refuse to renounce Read more [...]
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Real Truth

"Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, "I find no guilt in him." In the above verse, when Jesus was brought before Pilate at the request of the Jewish leadership, Pilate asked an intriguing question.  What is Truth?  I have been musing on this question lately as I look at American culture, and I believe that we, as a society, do not have a satisfactory answer to this question.  There are individuals who do, but as a whole Read more [...]
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Doing Good

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."  Php 2:3 A couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to redo my office and study.  It had devolved into such dis-array I never wanted to come down here.  However, now that I, with the help of my family and Brandon, a good friend of our family, have been able to bring order out of chaos, I am back now doing some of things I love, reading, writing, and just enjoying quiet and de-stressing Read more [...]
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