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Religion

  • COLUMN: Open house: Have you hosted Jesus in your bodily temple lately?

    Have you ever been to an open house?  One kind of open house is a party, we invite people to drop by and we open our house to them.  Maybe we give a little tour, show folks around a bit.

  • COLUMN: Deep roots are important

    A few months ago, I told you a little about my lawn. I had high hopes the beginning of spring, but three weeks of steady rain followed by three weeks with no rain did a number on my backyard. The front, while not perfect, isn’t in too bad a shape, but the back yard in places looks like a desert.

  • COLUMN: Don’t let it be too late

    Back when country music was country music, Tanya Tucker had a song named, “It’s a Little too Late to do the Right Thing Now.” Of course Tanya was singing about her rowdy life, but in life it is never too late to come to God in prayer and repentance.
    As we go to the Bible, we can see how Jesus’ death on the cross made a way for us, even though we lived a rowdy life.

  • COLUMN: Will you share God’s love while you are ‘on the way?’

    A lot of important things happen while we are “on the way.”  Some of the best conversations my wife and I have had are in the car on the way somewhere.  The same thing has happened with my children and grandchildren.  While on my way across country, I have rejoiced at some of the most amazing scenery that our Lord ever created.

  • COLUMN: Sin will destroy us

    The first article I wrote in the paper, I wrote about hell. If you really want to go there, it is very easy. We were all born in sin, and if we don’t do anything, or if we don’t dedicate our life to Jesus Christ we will be sure and make it to hell.
    I heard a preacher preach my nephew’s funeral, and he said he had asked him, do you believe that Jesus Christ came to earth, lived and died, and rose again for your sins, and he said he did but did not go to church.

  • COLUMN: God is in the business of miraculous transformations

    It is summer and time for another blockbuster movie. I understand that the Transformers have made it back to the big screen again. The idea that your car can turn into a huge robotic warrior is a little out there, but I admit I enjoyed the first Transformers movie.
    Actually in that movie there are a couple of transformations. Of course the robot warriors transform into cars and trucks and planes, but there is also the transformation of a young boy into a young man. I have yet to see the first in real life, but you see the second all the time.

  • COLUMN: Amazing grace: How sweet it is!

    I got up this morning singing “Amazing Grace,” and I thought about how amazing grace really is.
    John Newton wrote “Amazing Grace.” John was a slave trader and was in a storm when he thought his ship was going to sink. He got down on the floor of his ship and cried out to Jesus to save him, and Jesus did not only save the ship, he came into John’s heart and saved him.

  • COLUMN: Be prepared for the 'dog days'

    Independence day is past, the heat of summer has set in.  

    There is a lot of work to be done on yards and in fields, but the heat and humidity can be positively oppressive.  Sometimes we call these times the dog days, apparently a reference to ancient beliefs about Sirius, the Dog Star.  Personally I always had a picture of an old hound dog stretched out on a porch panting in the heat!

  • COLUMN: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord

    In our country today we see false religions, we see people worshiping idols made by hands and some worshiping someone who died and are still down there. We see our leaders trying to do away with the things Jesus stands for. Our country was founded on Jesus our Lord and Savior; we in olden days held up Jesus’ name in our schools, in our courts, in the law of the land, we kept him alive in our homes.

    Very few preachers anymore preach a Hell-fire sermon; and if we keep going in this direction, God’s wrath will come down upon us.

  • COLUMN: Staying within God’s law

    On Father’s Day, I preached on Ephesians 5 and 6. As we look at these scriptures in Ephesians, if we had stayed with God’s law instead of man’s law, I wonder how much the divorce rate would be cut today?