Pastor's Corner

  • 11 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    We have not heard much about the “War on Christmas” this year, so does that mean Christians are winning? I guess it all depends on how you look at it.  In 2017 Pew Research conducted a survey that found a large majority of...
  • 4 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you turned on the television or picked up print media just one time this past year there is a high probability that you heard about some type of “existential” threat that was looming on the horizon.  According to the reports, impending doom could...
  • 27 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    What is your idea of the perfect Thanksgiving?  Time with the family gathered around the table with a perfectly cooked bird and all the trimmings?  Light hearted conversation about memories made and times gone by?  Talk of hope and dreams by the little ones...
  • 20 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you follow any news outlet it has been impossible to ignore the outrage and shock of loyal fans and equal distain of hardened critics to Chick-fil-A’s decision to withdraw its financial support of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Salvation Army.  Monday’s announcement marked the end to...
  • 13 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    With all of the negative news we hear in the media today Christians often wonder if their efforts are making a difference.  Some have asked, “why bother?”  Many times we focus on the big picture and miss all the little victories happening around us. ...
  • 6 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Agree with them or not, you have to admire someone who is honest about the holes in their belief system.  Only when we reach this point can we have a real discussion about truths held by each side.  It would be nice if...
  • 30 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Over the past fifty years we have become more aware of the importance of mentoring the next generation.  We have seen the steady rise in mentor programs, youth based development programs and attention on age graded research.  In times past the focus was on...
  • 23 Oct
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    Over the past fifty years we have become more aware of the importance of mentoring the next generation.  We have seen the steady rise in mentor programs, youth based development programs and attention on age graded research.  In times past the focus was on...
  • 16 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    When was the last time you visited a fast food restaurant?  If you are on the go or have kids it might have been sometime this week.  With so many places to choose from, what motivates your selection?  Convenience, price, or line at the...
  • 9 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    What’s this world coming to? Did you see George W. Bush sitting with Ellen DeGeneres at the Cowboys game Sunday? Did Hell actually freeze over? How dare they be seen together in public having a good time! Aren’t they sworn enemies?? That is how...
  • 2 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Most Christians agree that Christian persecution is a problem.  Not being allowed to pray where you want, being made to participate in activities that are not God honoring or go against personal beliefs and not being able to gather in public places are all...
  • 25 Sep
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    Last Friday, students from around the world celebrated as hundreds of school systems gave them an excused absence.  What might be so important that schools agreed to allow students to skip a day and not be penalized?  Climate Change! Not just climate change but...
  • 18 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    As a kid I enjoyed playing connect-the-dots.  You remember these puzzles.  They taught us how to count, the alphabet and any other sets of sequence characters so in the end to reveal a complete picture of whatever subject we were studying.  As we worked...
  • 11 Sep
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    For some of us it is hard to believe that it has been 18 years since the terrorists attacked our country on September 11, 2001. The attack on the World Trade Center left 2,753 people killed.  At the Pentagon, 184 people were killed. Near...
  • 4 Sep
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    Min-Week Challenge

    A 14-years-old young man who was considered a “fussy eater,” told his doctor that he was feeling tired. So the doctor did some tests and it was revealed that he was anemic and had low vitamin B12 levels.  The doctor noticed no visible signs...
  • 28 Aug
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    Mid- Week Challenge

    “Do as I say, not as I do!”  Did you grow up hearing that phrase from a parent or adult authority? If so, you probably could not wait until you became an adult so you too could use that phrase on a subordinate. ...
  • 21 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I love to read positive stories.  Especially if it about Christians that are thinking outside the box in sharing their faith.  If you have ever prayed that God would give you a sign as to what you need do, CBN News ran a...
  • 14 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    All too often the headlines lead us to believe that the Christian lifestyle and impact of the local church is fading.  In some cases that might be true.  People are choosing a more secular worldview when it comes to parenting, social conscience and politics. ...
  • 7 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    With the most recent shootings occurring this week and each political party reacting according to party lines before any facts came out, it is becoming more obvious of how divided we are as a country.  In the present climate I blame the media for...
  • 31 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    It’s pretty easy to ruin your career in Hollywood now days.  In the not so distant past, depending on how big of a star you were, one could get away with just about any indiscretion.  Have a total meltdown in public, shave your head...
  • 24 Jul
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    MId-Week Challenge

    Here’s what’s next in the war against progressive culture in our nation.  Most Americans are familiar with the many cases of Christian business owners, who are bakers and cake makers, being asked to make wedding cakes for homosexual couples.  Upon denial of the request...
  • 17 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    My verse of the day app is Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of the God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. As my family finishes our Alaskan adventure today and I cannot think of a better verse to describe our experience.  As...
  • 10 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    People watching at a distance at the airport is one of fun parts of traveling.  Especially when you have the chance to visit an international airport and see all the cultures represented.  It’s fun until you have to engage with those same people and...
  • 3 Jul
    4th of July

    Mid-Week Challenge

    In anticipation of the 4th of July holiday tomorrow I have been thinking a lot about freedom.  It seems like from the moment we are born we seek freedom from whatever restraints that want to hold us.  I remember watching my children fight for their freedom when...
  • 26 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Looking for a little travel excitement this Fall?  Well I have the job for you! The Swedish mega company Ikea is holding a contest in search of “Happiness Hunters.”  Your job, if you’re lucky enough to be selected, will be to travel to Copenhagen this September...
  • 19 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    One of the highlights of high school was the time I was able to spend with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization.  For over 50 years the organizations mission has been: To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and...
  • 12 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    My sister and I are spending this week with a campus full of teenagers. No, I did not lose a bet; I’m attending Centrifuge at Carson Newman University with my church youth group.  My sister and I have fond memories of our time...
  • 5 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    In 1 Timothy 2 Paul instructs the church to pray for our leaders.  Not just church leaders but all leaders in authority. He reminds us that it is God who places individuals into positions of authority and we are to trust Him and support...
  • 29 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I have never been much of a rock and roll music fan but you can’t help being exposed to some of the more well-known artists.  Most of my knowledge comes from their televisions appearances.  My wife and I used to laugh at Ozzy...
  • 22 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Did you grow up with a grandmother or parent who told you not to swear? I’m not talking about the four-letter words; I’m talking about when you are trying to convince them you were telling the truth about not breaking that window in...
  • 15 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    How spiritually shallow but hungry for spiritual truth have we become as a people? Friday night I got a glimpse into the spiritually shallow soul of our generation.  I stayed up late to watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, not because I like him or...
  • 8 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I never thought we would live in a day where we would seriously consider boys and girls the same when it comes to sports and physical competition.  Earlier today I read a story about a girl in Connecticut who was eliminated from state competition...
  • 1 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    When we were younger, we were always told that upon meeting someone for the first time we were to extend our hand in a firm handshake while making solid eye contact.  This showed interest and respect for the other person, especially if they were...
  • 24 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    "Suggestion" is the psychological[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological] process by which one person guides the thoughts, feelings, or behavior of another person.  If you have children in school you might be aware of this.  Parents have used this technique for years in efforts to get their children to do things they didn't want...
  • 17 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    For 44 years researchers have tracked the level of religious involvement that Americans consider themselves to have.  In the latest study “no religion” earned the most survey votes.  “Religious nones,” or people who do not claim a religious affiliation, are defined as people who...
  • 10 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    “This is why we can’t have nice things!” That’s the first thing I thought after reading about a new Instagram account called PreachersNSneakers.  The account — which was started by a man who goes by Tyler Jones, an alias — shares images of celebrity pastors, along...
  • 3 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Where do we come from? No, I’m not asking about your place of birth or where you grew up. I’m asking the question that almost every adult has asked him or herself at least once in life.  Where did we all come from,...
  • 27 Mar
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    A “double standard” is a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another especially. It seems like we have seen a lot of this happening over the past few days.  Wealthy parents bribing college...
  • 20 Mar
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Today is the first day of spring, but it sure does not feel like it where I am. Sitting at the beach on spring break, looking out the window at the bright sunshine is deceiving as the temperature is in the low 50s. ...
  • 13 Mar
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    We have heard some pretty harsh critiques of our spiritual and political leaders recently.  Tune into any broadcast, read any print media and it will not take long before it begins to attack the other side.  I remember the day when one could watch...
  • 6 Mar
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you watched the morning news today you saw the city of New Orleans hard at work pulling over 93,000 pounds of beads from five blocks of storm drains! So begins the annual ritual following Mardi Gras when the population of New Orleans swells...
  • 27 Feb
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Looking out the windshield of my car this morning and seeing the sun shining, blue sky and feeling the warmth of a new day was refreshing.  Coming out of more than two weeks of heavy rain and flooding in our area, being able...
  • 20 Feb
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Any parent who has had a heated argument with their teenager has probably heard the exclamation "I didn't ask to be born" right before the sound of a slamming bedroom door.  While I can appreciate the sentiment, I have never understood the practicality of...
  • 13 Feb
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    What does Matthew 10:34 say? Which things are forbidden according to Christianity? Can you describe the sacraments?  If you struggle with the answers, you are not alone and be thankful you are not seeking religious asylum in Sweden.   For several years the Swedish Migration Board...
  • 6 Feb
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you have followed the news over the past few weeks you might come away with the idea that our country has begun a movement against children.  New York successfully passed a law allowing abortions up to and after delivery.  Virginia’s Governor was making...
  • 30 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    In a move that has Christians and unbelievers alike shaking their heads in disbelief, the State of New York voted last week to legalize abortion on demand. Known as the “Reproductive Health Act,” the law removes limitations on abortion that the Supreme Court has...
  • 23 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    By now you might have heard about The University of Notre Dame’s latest move to appease the easily offended.   For many years the school has displayed large painted murals in the ceremonial entrance to Notre Dame’s Main Building that depict the life and exploration...
  • 16 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you are like many Americans you might find it hard to make it through an evening national news cast.  At one time our family recorded the Nightly News and watched it together after homework was finished.  I’m a news junkie and that little portion of...
  • 9 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Some say we witnessed at miracle on Monday.  In a repeat from the college football National Championship game from two years ago, Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers went up against Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.  Most believed the heavily favored Tide would walk past Clemson as...
  • 2 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I would guess by now most of you are in the process of putting your Christmas decorations away and getting ready to begin 2019.  Almost 90 years ago, at about this time of year, a church in New York was packing away their decorations,...
  • 26 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    YouVersion is probably one of the most popular Bible Apps available.  Each year the makers share how their product was used and the most popular verse downloaded.  The most shared, bookmarked, and highlighted is Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged,...
  • 19 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Six days until Christmas and I hope you have your shopping finished!  If not, I know where you might get a great deal on a gently used Lamborghini SUV.  John Gray, pastor at Relentless Church in South Carolina, is seen in an Instagram video...
  • 12 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    The Lord’s Prayer recorded in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 has brought comfort to millions of people in their time of need.  It is one passage of Scripture that most everyone you come in contact with has had some history.  Sport teams recite it...
  • 5 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    PETA is the latest group to join in on the antibully campaign movement.  In what they are calling examples of “microaggressions,” common offensive idioms like “kill two birds with one stone” are now to be replaced with “feed two birds with one scone.”  Another,...
  • 28 Nov
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    Mid Week Challenge

    I learned a new term today, “deadnaming.”  A dead name is the name given to a transgender person at birth, which they often change when they transition. At the same time I also learned that there is an online dictionary (Refinery29.com) to define new...
  • 14 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    “Take two of these and call me in the morning.”  That was a common prescription doctors were known for giving out when we were growing up.  Thankfully medicine has changed a lot since then.  However, there is something about taking a pill and believing...
  • 7 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    As you are well aware, yesterday was election day in our country and there were some pretty upset people on twitter last night.  According to reports, the outrage was balanced between democrats and republicans as both groups expressed their displeasure in not being allowed...
  • 31 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Halloween, love it or hate it, for most of us, someone will be knocking on our door this evening.  So what’s a Christian to do?  For some Christians this evening marks an event they have been waiting all year for and for others, they...
  • 24 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you are reading this then I can assume you did not win the Mega Millions $1.6 billion prize.  There is still hope, the Power Ball is tonight!  You might get a laugh out of that but lotto fever has taken our country...
  • 17 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Some might argue that Jim Caviezel in the Mel Gibson The Passion of the Christ movie is the best portrayal of Jesus by any actor who has ever played the role.  After seeing Caviezel’s performance it is hard to imagine anyone else in that role.  That...
  • 3 Oct
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    MidWeek Challenge

    At 2:18 p.m. ET (that’s 1:18 for West Haven folks) today, you will receive a very special message from the President of the United States.  No, he did not hack your phone, nor will it be a message from his Twitter feed.  It's...
  • 26 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    In Matthew and Luke 4 we are given the account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness.  Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist, heard the Father’s voice and been identified as the Son of God.  He goes through this spiritual high...
  • 19 Sep
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    Mid Week Challenge

    Believe it or not it is time to get your flu shot!  No doubt that you have seen the signs at your local pharmacy, television ads, and email messages.  The flu hit our area pretty hard over the past few years so doctors...
  • 12 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Did you ever think you would see the day when a minister with the last name of Graham would not be welcomed to a town? Not just a town, a whole country.  That is exactly what Muslim groups in Britain are trying to...
  • 5 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge

     With two teenagers in the house the routine of our life has shifted since school started.  My wife and I have accepted our roles as taxi drivers and sack lunch providers.  I’m very pleased that my children are active and involved with school activities,...
  • 29 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    In Ecclesiastes 2, the wisest and richest man in the world, gives his readers a detailed list of all his accomplishments. From houses to land, to chariots to horses, we read of a list that would make the wealthiest of today’s world envious.  And...
  • 22 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    The attack on Christianity in America continues this week as a "Bible Billboard Controversy" looms over Southern California.  SoCal Harvest is a crusade hosted by Harvest Christian Fellowship for almost 30 years in Southern California.  Each year Pastor Greg Laurie and others purchase billboard space, print media and...
  • 15 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Have you ever been cut off in traffic? For a lot of drivers, the quickest way to get their blood to boil is cutting them off on the interstate.  One car jets in front of the other, the driver lays on the horn.  The other driver...
  • 1 Aug
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    Do you find it increasingly difficult to discuss current events with some people?  If so, you are not alone.  In the past, those with differing points of view were able to articulate their beliefs in such a way that those who disagreed with them...
  • 25 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    It has happened again.  A report out of Leesburg, Florida states that a woman had her Planet Fitness Club membership revoked after she complained about a man using the women’s locker room.  You might remember a similar thing happened in 2016 in Michigan.  https://www.wnd.com/2016/01/planet-freakness-woman-sounds-alarm-on-man-in-shower-she-gets-boot/[https://www.wnd.com/2016/01/planet-freakness-woman-sounds-alarm-on-man-in-shower-she-gets-boot/] That case ended in...
  • 18 Jul
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    You might have heard by now about this year's Miss Universe pageant featuring the first transgendered individual.  Ángela Ponce was selected in June to represent Spain in the upcoming pageant.  Ponce underwent hormonal treatment and surgery to change from a man to a woman at age 16....
  • 11 Jul
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     Das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten is the German proverb that we get our English idiom “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!” It is commonly used to describe the efforts of someone trying to get rid of something undesirable while in the process eliminating...
  • 4 Jul
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    On this 4th of July holiday symbols of American pride are not hard to spot.  American flags, fireworks, and red white and blue decorate our homes, streets and clothing.  America has a culture all its own and it is envied the world over.  So when...
  • 27 Jun
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    One of the beauties of great literature is that once an author’s ideas have been transfer to paper they are forever a part of history.  I love reading the works of authors that lived long ago.  Their language, their perspective on their culture, the...
  • 20 Jun
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    I love that old saying, “You are never too old…”  As I get older I appreciate that sentiment more often and find that I am more cognizant of the efforts of those who are around my age trying to “fit in” with those...
  • 13 Jun
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    How much sense would it make for McDonald’s to hire a PETA member as its new CEO?  Or why would PETA make an avid hunter their new spokesperson?  So why are so many people offended when the American Bible Society began requiring employees to...
  • 6 Jun

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    Have you heard about Henny Penny or maybe you grew up calling him Chicken Little, either way the story is the same.  In each telling of the story is similar; by accident a young chicken is hit on the head and comes to...
  • 30 May
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    How do you know if a church building is actually a church?  That might sound like a weird question so let me rephrase.  How do you know if the building you are looking at is a church or not?  For as long as...
  • 23 May
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    Were there dinosaurs on the Ark? How did the sun “stand still” one day?  Where did Caine get his wife?  All of these are questions we asked in Sunday School as kids but we often found adults slow to answer.  Most often we...
  • 16 May
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    Celebrities, they are just like us, right? It is no secret that celebrities get special treatment and perks for just being them.  We often see them at high profile events, driving expensive cars and wearing expensive things.  Many times these items are loaned because...
  • 9 May
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    When does a system of laws, created by people, trump the law of God?  I guess it depends on the amount of authority one gives the Bible.  A case in point, a news article titled:  United Methodist Bishops Want to Let Pastors, Conferences Decide on...
  • 2 May
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    The Battle of the Sexes seems to be very much alive and well.  Not on the tennis court, as some of you might remember, but in the Boy Scouts of America.  Last October The Boy Scouts announced that it would allow girls to become members...
  • 25 Apr
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    Most people hope to get a good liberal arts education out of their college experience leading toward a degree.  Looking at the curriculum core of most degrees that is exactly what schools intend to provide each student, a balanced dose of the educational disciplines...
  • 18 Apr
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    As if we needed another example of how intolerant the “progressive tolerant left” really is, New Yorker magazine writer Dan Piepenbring gives us a great example in his most recent piece “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.”  After a recent lunch visit to the world’s largest...
  • 11 Apr
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    April the 16th will mark the famed running of the Boston Marathon.  Probably the most famous marathon, it attracts all kinds of runners from different walks of life.  Earlier this week a couple who had been training for some time decided to run the...
  • 4 Apr
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    Have you ever felt guilty for being a Christian?  As a Christian American you are given rights and privileges that others in our great land are denied. At least that is the opinion of one well known and historical university in our country.   How do...
  • 28 Mar
    Holy Week

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    We are in the middle of Holy Week.  According to the timeline of Jesus last week before going to the cross He has entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, cleared the Temple on Monday, spent Tuesday teaching the disciples and arguing with religious leaders in...
  • 21 Mar
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    This Sunday marks the first of two Sundays on the Christian calendar that pastors consider the Super Bowl of holidays.  Palm Sunday marks the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  Good Friday, the Crucifixion of Jesus and Easter the Resurrection of Christ.  These events...
  • 14 Mar
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    This morning we awoke to the news that Professor Stephen Hawking, the famous British theoretical physicist had died at the age of 76.  Dr. Hawking is best remembered as a man who made it his mission to explain the great mysteries of the universe.  From...
  • 7 Mar
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    When Oprah Winfrey still had her daytime talk show her giveaway episodes were among some of the most watched and talked about.  Oprah’s Favorite Things were surprise gifts for each audience member.  These gifts ranged in value from her favorite book to a brand...
  • 28 Feb
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    My son and I are big fans of the Marvel Movie Universe.  Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Guardians of the Galaxy are among our favorites.  I’m always intrigued when I see a story about one of these movies or the actors in...
  • 21 Feb
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    Today we mark the death of a Christian hero of faith.  Dr. Billy Graham passed away this morning at 99 years old.  If you are 30 or older you will remember Rev. Graham with great admiration and respect.  I had the honor of...
  • 7 Feb
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Football fan or not, this past Sunday’s Super Bowl was an overall success for American sports.  The commercials were not the best ever, but they avoided the political mistakes of last year.  The halftime show appeared to have no setbacks or controversy as in...
  • 31 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If history is any guide, most Americans will be watching the Super Bowl this weekend.  Although the number of viewers might be down due to the two teams playing and the overall protest of the league due to players taking a knee during the...
  • 24 Jan
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    I have never understood why going into politics means you have to abandon personal religious conviction and why someone in ministry has to abandon personal political views.  At least that is the feeling I get from outspoken progressives and most atheists who speak out...
  • 17 Jan
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    Just when I thought the “progressives” could not progress further, I read this morning where a couple of friends of First Daughter Tiffany Trump were married recently in Las Vegas where she served as flower girl.  Friends Peter Carey and Quentin Esme Brown were...
  • 10 Jan
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    As kids we dream of making that last second shot at the buzzer.  We want to be a part of that final play of the game that results in a winning touchdown.  We want to be the one who hits the walk off...
  • 3 Jan
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    If you have viewed the night sky over the past few evenings you have enjoyed the bright full Super Moon.  New Year’s Day marked a neat astronomical event as it was a Super Moon.  Even better this month, January 31 will mark a second...
  • 27 Dec
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    Now that the presents are unwrapped and the guests have gone home, I guess the stress level drops, right?  Not exactly.  Now that Christmas is over we have to worry with getting all those decorations down and back up in the attic.  We have...
  • 20 Dec
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    How you access the Bible has changed a lot in the past few years.  At one time in my life I thought it was amazing to have the Bible read onto cassette tape.  Then there were Bible CDs, MP3 and finally a video...
  • 13 Dec
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    As all major media outlets have reported, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore last night in the Alabama Senate race.  The win marked a party change that had not been seen in Alabama in a generation.  Reading over the headlines I was not surprised...
  • 29 Nov
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    Reading through the headlines today there is a lot in the news to report.  North Korea launches its first long-range missile, NBC fires Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct claims, Prince Harry engaged to an American, and another federal judge blocks Trump’s transgender military ban. ...
  • 22 Nov
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    The Thanksgiving countdown clock is officially ticking.  The airports are already packed and the roads are becoming more crowded.  Grocery stores are filled with last-minute shoppers and I am sure the Butterball “turkey call-in hotline” is ablaze.  Hopefully you have your Thanksgiving plans laid out. ...
  • 15 Nov
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    It is certainly not a new thing for celebrity singers to record a “gospel” album.  Even Elvis had one.  To hear a famous voice sing the hymns causes many of us in the South to go back to a childhood memory and revisit...
  • 8 Nov
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    Watching the covering of the First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting has really burdened me.  Twenty-six people, while in worship, were gunned down.  Many of the worshipers were children, some just infants.  That could have been any church in small town America.  A typical...
  • 1 Nov
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    If ever there was a time to put the “Golden Rule” into practice it is now. Terrorism, natural disasters and human failures have caused most of us to be more mindful of the pain and troubles those in our world are struggling with right...
  • 25 Oct
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    Young people exploring religion and spiritual issues is nothing new.  A report from Maretwatch.com[http://maretwatch.com/] tells us that in this generation, however, we have something to worry about.  With more and more research claiming that most Americans believe that it is not necessary to have a...
  • 18 Oct
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    This Friday, October 20, 2017 is Openly Secular Day.  “What is that,” you ask? According to the group’s website (openlysecular.org[http://openlysecular.org/]) Friday is marked as a day to celebrate those who consider themselves to be atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, freethinkers, and secularists.  Openly Secular Day serves as...
  • 4 Oct
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    We have all watched in disbelief as photos and videos of the shooting in Las Vegas have enfolded on our TV screen.  At this date we know that 58 people have been killed and 527 others have been injured in the worst shooting...
  • 27 Sep
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    With all the symbolic gestures being thrown around by athletes representing a variety of political causes it was nice to see several groups of students in our community gathered around the flagpole outside their school this morning.  Today marked the 25th anniversary of “See...
  • 20 Sep
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    "It's déjà vu all over again," Yogi Berra exclaimed when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris both hit back-to-back home runs during the Yankees' seasons in the early 1960s.  You might want to use this Yogi-ism to describe world events happening over the...
  • 13 Sep
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    If there is one thing that the events of the past two weeks have taught us is there still remains in this country a huge compassion for our fellow citizens.  I have not heard the reports of speculated wide spread looting.  I have...
  • 6 Sep
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    Like him or hate him Donald Trump has made a huge impact on our country since he took office earlier this year.  It seems like controversy and controversial topics related to him find a way to lead the headlines each evening on major newscasts. ...
  • 30 Aug
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    We have been blessed with a baby boom at our church!  I love seeing our families bring their little one to church for the first time.  They have on their Sunday best, hair fixed just right and those cool baby carriers that were...
  • 16 Aug
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    As you are well aware the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979 is this Monday!  A 70 mile wide stretch will encompass our area in the full shadow of the moon for around 2 minutes.  The last time this...
  • 9 Aug
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    What’s in the Headlines today:  “North Korea Gets at Nuke, Hillary Clinton Pursuing a Career in Ministry, Transgender Camp for Preschoolers, ISIS in the Philippines, Gene Editing”  We have all heard it said: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all….So,...
  • 2 Aug
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    With all the chaos in Washington it seems like individuals there have cast God out of their daily lives.  That might be true for some but it is refreshing to learn that not all are lost.  Christianitytoday.com[http://christianitytoday.com/] reports that the White House holds a weekly...
  • 26 Jul
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    Does it seem to you that many of the people in our country have lost all common sense?  Things that I took for granted to be true as a kid the world now calls false.  Morals and ethics that I thought were the bedrock of...
  • 19 Jul
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    The Christian florist known as the “Christian grandma florist” Barronelle Stutzman has appealed her case to the Supreme Court.  Stutzman has fought with the courts for over four years after refusing to sale flowers to a gay couple in 2013. The case originated in...
  • 12 Jul
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    When the Church looks and behaves just like the popular culture, where do people turn for truth?  That is a hard question that the people of England have been asking for some time now and their situation just got worse.  With overwhelming support, the...