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Religion

  • COLUMN: Hard work for the Lord

    Usually we associate hard work with sweat on the brow and perhaps aching muscles, and there is certainly a lot of that kind of work to be done.  There are houses to be built, crops to be planted and harvested, there are roads to be repaired, cars to be built, yards to be mowed, you know what I mean.

  • COLUMN: It takes faith to pray an effective prayer

  • COLUMN: The Lord’s gifts are new every day

    Some days are harder than others.  Some days we spend laughing with family and friends at a cookout, others we spend in hospitals hoping the operation will turn out well.  Some days we wake up ready to take on the world, others we wake up hoping the world won’t beat us down too much more.

  • COLUMN: The healing power of Jesus

    I read an article stating that the Muslim religion is a good religion. You know, I have never read that being born again through the blood of Jesus Christ is a good religion. Here is what I believe: being born again through the blood of Jesus Christ is the only religion that will give you eternal life.

  • COLUMN: God’s grace: I don’t deserve it, but he still offers it

    I have grandchildren now; an amazing thought to me, how could I be that old?  And I know from experience that you can love someone long before you meet them.  I loved my grandchildren before they were born.  I also know that you can love someone before they are worthy of love.  Let’s face it, a newborn baby cannot do anything deserving of love, unless dirty diapers and crying count.  And yet our tender affection for these littlest people is real.

  • COLUMN: How real is Jesus to you?

    Today I want us to take a look at ourselves and see how real we think Jesus is to us. Are we willing to do what he leads us to do? If we have accepted Jesus as our savior we belong to the family of Jesus Christ.

  • COLUMN: A Godly mother is to be praised all year long

    As we think about mothers this time of year, to some of us, it is a great, blessed day because we really love our mother. My mother went to heaven to be with the Lord. I think about her often. I will never forget when she was in the hospital with heart failure, she kept saying I want to go home, I want to go home.
    Roberta, my wife, said, “Mom, when you get well we will take you home.” She raised up her hand and said “Praise Jesus.” Really, she knew where her home was.

  • COLUMN: Fostering a relationship with God is amazing

    Have you ever thought about how amazing our lives are these days?  I know most of us think our lives are fairly ordinary, but are they really?  Let’s just think about our daily grind for a minute.

  • COLUMN: Osama is dead, but our battles are not against man

    Osama is dead, and I just can’t get my mind around it. I am happy and thankful that he has met justice, but I am disturbed as well. When justice triumphs, it is always good news and I am thankful to our military and to our president for seeing justice done. I have watched the celebrations, I have heard the stories, but I am still struggling.

  • COLUMN: Where are we as a nation?

    In this article I want us to see where we think we are as a nation. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, 0 Lord, let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, 0 Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.” Psalm 9:17-20