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Religion

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Step out in faith if you hear Jesus calling

    A woman in our church came up to me and said “Could I ask you a question?” I said “sure.”
    The question was, “Where did you go to church before you came here, and why did you leave?”
    I tried to explain the answer to her as best as I could.
    I said, “You see, I went to First Baptist in Taylorsville and Jesus called me away to this mission. I will have to be honest that I did not want to go, and it got to be such a burden, coming from Jesus, that I had to yield to him.”

  • COLUMN: Authentic worship begins with a right heart

    The word “spirit” in John 4:24 is not referring to the Holy Spirit — it has to do with your heart (emotions, feelings, affections).  Worship is extravagant love (meaning: “to kiss at”).  We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19) — our love is both responsive and reflective.  Mark 12:30 says God gave us emotions to use for his glory — just like he gave you a body and  mind.

  • COLUMN: Only God can save America

    I was talking to a person the other day, and he said, “This country is in such a mess, no man can bring us out of it, only God could, and they are not going to let him.”

  • COLUMN: Memorial Day a time for reflection

    Are you getting ready for this weekend?  Stocking up on hamburgers and hotdogs?  Getting the car ready for a little trip?  Maybe even planning some home improvement project?  This year with the mild winter it feels like spring has lasted forever, but Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of summer, and I think we all look forward to it.