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Would you say that you’re wise? Do you realize that being wise is not the same as being smart? Some of the smartest people in the world are not very wise.

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It is rare when an account of the installation of a national church leader also includes descriptions of burning tires, tear gas, riot police, arrests, injuries and the religious leader arriving in a military helicopter. Such was the case recently in the bitter, ongoing religious strife in t…

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“Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”

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I received my latest catalogue recently from Christianbook.com, a well-known, reliable seller of books and religious supplies. This company was known by its former name, Christian Book Distributors, for decades, eventually waving the white flag regarding the confusion caused by their acronym…

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The Bible teaches that it is far more than just being the word of God, it is the words of God. Jesus said that the words of the Scripture — every letter (jot) and every small marking (tittle) — were more eternal than heaven and earth. (Matthew 5:18) He emphatically affirmed that His words wo…

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Some months ago, I began slowly reading through “St. Augustine’s Confessions,” one of the great devotional books of any age. The reading is not always easy; the translation I have is in King James English. Augustine (354-430) was a highly educated professor of philosophy, born and raised in …

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There are some amazing things that we read about Jesus in the Bible. It is absolutely amazing to read about His fulfillment of more than 300 specific Old Testament prophecies (many of which were completely out of His hands regarding fulfillment). It is amazing to read about the miracles that…

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There is no dearth of ink spilled about how bad things are in the faith community. From time to time, I read stories about churches and synagogues doing inspiring things, but it seems like these good stories are not nearly as prevalent as those pointing out the fights, immoralities, graft an…

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There have been many who felt they were in a hopeless place in their lives. When our physical bodies and other things that we have placed our trust in begin to fail us, it is easy to get discouraged.

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One of the most dangerous doctrines taught in denominationalism today is what John Calvin called, “Perseverance of the Saints.” This doctrine asserts that once a person enters into a saved state with God, there is nothing that saved person can do to fall from that state of grace. He cannot s…

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I was waiting in the doctor’s office (at the VA Clinic) earlier this week, an activity we retired folks do with increasing frequency. I don’t see much sense in just sitting when there are people to talk to, and so I struck up a conversation with the gentleman sitting next to me. He was weari…

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What is your favorite thing to eat? What food or snack or candy is there that you absolutely cannot resist? What is the one thing that, if someone placed it near you, would immediately grab your attention, lead you to start taking bites, and not stop until it was gone? Does that have any spi…

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There are verses in the Bible that are comforting. There are verses in the Bible that are challenging. There are verses in the Bible that are insightful. And there are verses in the Bible that are comforting, challenging and insightful all at the same time. Psalm 16:8 is one such verse. Read…

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Pope Francis, who is 84 years old, is recovering from colon surgery, and I pray he will soon return to full strength. His surgery, to alleviate diverticulitis, required general anesthesia. The pontiff, displaying his faithful pastoral heart, was not admitted to the Rome hospital until after …

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“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” (Matthew 26:30) It is impossible to precisely know what was in the hearts of those apostles as they followed Him. After He had washed their feet in the upper room, He was troubled in spirit when He said, “One of you will …

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Sitting on my bookshelf is my sixth-grade Gideon’s bible, a small New Testament I received in 1959. I suspect I didn’t read much of it, because the print is quite tiny and the version is King James. But it was a gift significant enough for me to save all these decades. On Page 7 of that Bibl…

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In a recent religious blog, the author (a prominent member of a large denomination himself) reviewed what he called “Contemporary Trends in Church Names.” Space will not allow a listing of all the common church names that he found but notice what is making the top of the list today:

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I just finished reading Chris Jennings’ “Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism” (Random House 2016). What a fascinating read about the various strands of this 19th-century movement that appealed to so many religious (and secular) Americans.

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WASHINGTON, June 18 — Here’s a look at how Georgia’s members of Congress voted over the previous week.

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Before the onset of the pandemic, I drove faithfully to a local health club where I worked out twice a week and played racquetball twice a week. The four days at the gym contributed greatly to my physical and mental health.

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The most commonly given answer to the question about salvation is, “If you want to be saved then just say the sinner’s prayer.” That prayer was unknown in the first century. It was unknown in the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth and for 15 centuries after Jesus started the church.

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A friend sent me a link to a brief article about why some congregations run through pastors so quickly. Having served local churches for 36 years, and in retirement having served a few churches as an interim pastor (and preparing to do so again in the near future), I eagerly read the analysi…

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