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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 […]

The B-I-B-L-E, Yes, That’s the Book for Me!

Many of you grew up singing the little chorus, “The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that’s the Book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.” Then you would all shout “BIBLE!” We have the joy of giving the precious Word of God this weekend to our new kindergarten children. The scriptures are known […]

Mercy And Forgiveness

James Dobson, noted author and founder of Focus on the Family, tells of seeing a sign on a convent in California. It read: “Absolutely no trespassing. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” Signed, “The Sisters of Mercy.” I am so grateful that when we have committed “trespasses” and sins against […]

The Kind of Music That Just Soothes the Soul

Perhaps more than any other area of life, there is variety in music. In Los Angeles, on February 23, 1994, a 17-year old young man killed his father in a dispute over loud music. Some reading this article grew up listening to Big Band, others loved Elvis, and others enjoyed the Beatles, Pearl Jam, or […]

Going On, Not Getting Out

The phone rang late at night in the home of a local librarian. On the other end of the line, a young voice asked, “What time does the library open?” Angrily, the librarian retorted, “It doesn’t open until 9:00 in the morning. Why in the world would you be calling at this hour to get […]

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