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Religion

  • 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?

  • COLUMN: Show your enthusiasm

    Enthusiasm is a powerful and infectious thing.  Just watch a basketball game with a real fan and see if you don’t get excited.  Watch a kid jumping on a bed for all she is worth, laughing and smiling the whole time. How can you avoid a smile even if you are worried that the bed might collapse?

  • Who are you seeking?

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if we in America would leave our wants and wishes to Jesus. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 what to do before we start wishing and wanting.

    “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness and these things will be added unto you.” Matthew: 6:33

    “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

  • A message for the broken hearted

    Every day, whether we realize it or not, we meet people who are struggling with pain or fear or heartache.  They may smile at you in the grocery store or frown at you as you wait at a stop light, but they are hurting.  The teller at the bank or the guy working on your car may be hanging on by a thread, but most of the time we never see it, most of the time they never show it.

  • COLUMN: Fathers: Be strong

    These days it is out of fashion to encourage men to be strong and courageous, but with Father’s Day coming up I think it is time.  When television shows tend to portray men as sex-starved incompetent children and our elected representatives can’t tell the difference between right and wrong, we have a problem.  Lately, our heroes play basketball or football and we ignore their character if they can score a few points.  We are being taught that strength is just some macho bravado and that courage is out of date.

  • COLUMN: You’re never ‘too far gone’ for Jesus

    As we look at the three letter word ‘sin,’ many people think they have sinned or been so bad in life, there is no way God is going to save them. They are so blinded by the devil and lived for him so long they fail to realize how much God loves them.
    First of all, they need to read:
    “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
    “For there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11).

  • COLUMN: Covered by faith