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Religion

  • COLUMN: Taking out the ‘trash’

    It seems that trash collects in our garbage cans without any effort on our part. Now in the kitchen I understand, unpacking foods, opening cans, little bits of this and that all end up in the garbage can. But then there are the smaller cans in the living room, the bedroom, and the bathroom. Before you know it, tissues and tags and wrappers fill them up as well.

  • COLUMN: How much faith do you have?

    Now let’s examine ourselves and see how much faith we have.

  • COLUMN: Christianity is not a ‘license to sin’

    Roberta, my wife, and I were eating at a Cracker Barrel and we had a very sweet little waitress. I asked her if she was a Christian. Her answer was, “I’m somewhat a Christian.” I thought that was an honest answer.
    When you ask some people if they are a Christian they will start telling you where they go to church or all the good things they do. I’ll have to admit that is good, but a church does not save and doing good things does not save you, only the blood of Jesus Christ saves you, and you become a Christian through his blood.

  • COLUMN: Local pastor shares tips for enjoying the Bible

    “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
    “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”  Psalm 19:8a, 10; John 15:11

  • COLUMN: Direction comes from the Lord

    One day I was not doing much, so I decided, well, I will write an article. I chose a topic and started to write and after a while I saw that I could not put one together. I had wadded up two and thrown them away before I really realized that something was wrong.
    I was trying to write on my own strength instead of Jesus’ strength. When I read those articles they sounded awful.
    Sometimes we as Christians want Jesus in our life when we have nothing else very important to do. But I think we all know that Jesus wants the first and the best from us.

  • COLUMN: True freedom begins at the cross of Christ

    Here it is again, the Fourth of July, Independence Day. Every year we set aside this day for families to gather, for fireworks to fly, to simply celebrate the freedom that all Americans share.
    Our freedoms were won with the blood and toil of our founding fathers. Our freedoms have been maintained with the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands since. We have learned to apply our freedoms to men and women of all races, though we struggle with those things still.

  • COLUMN: Sticky notes... What is God telling you to remember?
  • COLUMN: The Christian is called to do good unto all

  • COLUMN: ‘Cut your spiritual teeth’ on the book of Acts

    When I grew up on our family farm in Breckenridge County, I stayed with my grandparents a lot. My grandmother had a lot of old sayings. One was when someone was real good at doing something; she would say he or she “cut their teeth on that.” After I received Jesus Christ as my savior and started reading the Bible, I realized that the book of Acts was the most challenging book in the Bible for me and so my grandmother would say “I cut my teeth” on the book of Acts because I read it many, many times.

  • COLUMN: Bible says to make disciples ‘as you go’

    Life is full of little errands and moments and in-between times that we often hurry past.  Yet it is those very moments, those quick drive-by incidents, that can add so much to our lives.  But we get so busy focusing on the big moments that we forget that those little moments can make such a big difference.
    Maybe just a wave and a smile to someone you pass on the street can brighten an otherwise dreary day.  Or maybe in the checkout line the lady in front of you wrangling three kids and a grocery cart could use a smile and a helping hand.