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Happy Easter

After Jesus died on Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday morning, He turned the tables on the devil and had the last laugh. Satan and his demons threw a party on Friday, but their laughter turned to howling, knowing that they had been eternally defeated and humiliated. As Martin Luther said, “God […]

Lighting Up The Night

A few years ago, a pastor friend named Doug was standing in his church parking lot in the area north of Scottsdale, Arizona. He had planted a church on the edge of the metro area in the desert. Doug and his wife saw a brilliant streak of light shoot across the sky just over the […]

Stop Pot

In November, Florida will vote concerning Amendment 2 to legalize marijuana “for medical purposes.” We are not just dealing with a law, but with moral issues and dangerous consequences. Our state is indeed, “breaking bad,” with a majority polling in favor of the amendment. This opens the door for recreational “pot.” The law would be […]

Coming Home

Before the Communists and their dictator broke their hold on Romania, a family from that country, consisting of seven members and spanning three generations, did something unusual in our nation’s capital. They approached a guard and uttered the word, “asylum.” We can understand why people living under such evil domination would want the freedom of […]

Communication or Complication

Our lives have certainly gotten more complicated in the last two decades. At almost any time of the day, you will hear the annoying commercial of the lawyer who talks about the old days when high-tech included just cell phones and garage door openers. The Internet probably owes its source to the Arpanet in the […]

Countering The Counterfeit Religion

As we approach Patriot Day and remember 9/11, we reaffirm our commitment to truth, light, and freedom, as well as to remind ourselves of terrible threats. God promised to bless Abraham with a child who would produce the line of the Messiah (Genesis 12:3); He also predicted that the substitute son, Ishmael, would multiply greatly […]

Up and At

Since preachers tend to be known for their talking, it should come as no surprise to anyone that at least at one time in my life I used to talk in my sleep. I would usually mumble something, occasionally preach part of a sermon or yell at an imaginary intruder. In my early years, I […]

Man Up!

While pastoring in the early 1980’s in Oklahoma, I became acquainted with a touring, full-contact fighter skilled in the martial art of taekwondo. His nickname was “Redwood.” He came to our town on the run and seeking to hide out from his sensei, his “master” from Kansas who demanded that Redwood become his slave. When […]

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