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Religion

  • COLUMN: Standing in the gap

    I enjoy sports, I guess football, baseball and basketball are my favorites.  And they all have something in common. The best teams know how to play defense, they fill in the gaps.  On a football team, closing the gaps quickly means that the running back can’t make a big gain.  In basketball, filling the gaps means shifting so the other team doesn’t get an easy layup.  In baseball, the infield shifts to cover the gaps so that the batter doesn’t get an easy hit.

  • COLUMN: Is the Lord among us?

    The Bible is a book about God – who God is and what He wants.  Exodus follows the same pattern – it is a book about God.  The message is simple: God is good. He is good and what He does is good. Every chapter speaks of the very hand of God throughout the deliverance and journeys of Israel.  Exodus 17:1-16 records two such events: water from a rock and the first battle with Amalek.  But Israel turned a question of God’s presence into an accusation of God’s neglect.
    God’s presence isn’t determined by our circumstances.

  • COLUMN: Remembering the Sabbath is a commandment, not an option

    I use the King James Version Bible. This year was the 400th anniversary. The reason I use it is I trust the people who translated it 400 years ago more than I do the people who come out with all of the new versions today.
    Today, I would like to write about one of the 10 commandments, which is sinned against more in our country that any other. I really believe this.
    First of all, I want you to look at 1 John 2:4: “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

  • COLUMN: Are you living luke warm?

    “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13, King James Version).

  • COLUMN: Taking a break is biblical

    Sometimes it seems that life is like a runaway train.  It’s going too fast to jump off and it is just too big to stop.  You look down the track and before you know it birthdays and anniversaries blow by. 
    The work week flies and Friday night bumps into Monday morning so fast that you wonder if you really had a weekend.
    Do you ever just want to stomp on the brakes as hard as you can so you can stop for a few minutes?  Just take a break, catch your breath? 

  • COLUMN: How about a little respect?

    Have you noticed how disrespectful we are these days? Simple civility and courtesy seem to have been forgotten. From the drivers that cut us off on the highway to the department store clerks that just grunt when we say hello, disrespect for others just flows through our society.
    I see it a lot in children, but let’s face it, parents often are not much better. It seems that we have lost the ability to show respect.

  • Spring Gala at FBC Taylorsville

    First Baptist Church of Taylorsville is hosting a Spring Gala April 3 at 5 p.m.  featuring a concert by published composer and musician Mary McDonald.

  • Local youth group learns about hunger through 30-hour famine program
  • COLUMN: The hope of the Lord lies in what is to come

    “Once upon a time,” that is the way fairy tales start.  It conjures up images of a better time.  Fairy tales always start off well, then things fall apart, but all ends well and “They lived happily ever after.”
     I think a lot of people are living with “once upon a time” syndrome.  We idolize the past and forget that the good old days weren’t all that good.  We look back to some golden era in our history and want to regain its imagined glory.

  • COLUMN: Thanks for letting me share God’s word

    First of all, thank you for reading this.  And thanks to all of you who took the time this week to say hello and tell me you enjoyed my columns.  What a blessing when I meet someone for the first time or pass someone in the grocery store and they say, “Hey, aren’t you the guy that writes that column?” or, “I liked your column the other day.”  So thanks for reading and thanks for taking the time to talk to me about it.