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A new religion for the Jewish nation was revealed at Mt. Sinai. It was so different from the way men had worshiped and served God for thousands of years. There had been no written law for men, but now commandments and statutes were revealed through Moses. There had been no national priesthoo…

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There are some people who are very good at giving directions — they can tell you where something is and how to get there. Thankfully, we have a God who is “perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16), for “His way is perfect.” (Psalms 18:30)

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The church that proclaims the resurrection of Jesus finds itself in the position on Easter 2021 of claiming the resurrection for itself, the church, in these still uncertain times. Even with the vaccine and the gradual re-opening of life and routine, it feels like we are living in those murk…

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The church of the New Testament was vitally important and incomparably valuable to Jesus. He planned it (Ephesians 3:10-11), promised it (Matthew 16:18), purchased it (Acts 20:28), and sent the Holy Spirit to establish it. (Acts 2:32-47) The church that He started nearly 2,000 years ago is s…

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Understanding that there is a clear distinction between the Old Testament and the New Testament is critical to a proper understanding of the Bible. While there is certainly more to the application of Second Timothy 2:15, “rightly dividing the word of truth” no doubt includes rightly dividing…

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“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

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One of the mistakes we so often make is that we read the Bible too fast. Divine truths are so profound that as we read the Bible, we overlook eternal truths that could change our lives. Consider these words from Solomon. “He has made everything beautiful in its times. Also He has put eternit…

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I just finished Michael Massing’s 2018 book “Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther and the Fight for the Western Mind.” The public library had one copy, but I wasn’t too worried about somebody else checking it out. Weighing in at 828 pages, this book on Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus is proba…

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Georgia is a hub for innovation, technology, hospitality and opportunity. A leader in FinTech, aerospace, cyber, and agriculture, world renowned businesses and brands are proud to call the Peach State home. With an unmatched logistics network, beautiful natural resources, and sporting events…

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The apostle Paul made an astounding affirmation when he said, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:16) How can I know that I am saved? How can I have confidence that I am pleasing to God? Paul’s words said it all — the Holy Spirit bear…

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What would you do with a precious commodity? We go to great lengths to protect what is most important to us: our possessions, our family members, even ourselves. What are we doing with one of our most precious and often overlooked gifts? What are you doing with your heart? Here are three sug…

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The last few days of the legislative session have been productive as we’ve passed numerous bills out of the House and out of our respective committees. By the end of week six, we finished Legislative Day 19, which means the halfway point of our 40-day session is right around the corner. Last…

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Johann Georg Faust sold his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasure. Barend Fokke was a 17th-century captain for the Dutch East India Company. He sailed from the Dutch Republic to Java in three months and four days, cutting the normal travel time in half. This made people think tha…

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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp announced recently his administration’s introduction of the “Faith Protection Act,” which would ensure the emergency powers of any governor of Georgia are not used to “specifically limit the practice of any religion.”

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In one of the more bizarre moments of the recently concluded Trump impeachment trial, the former president’s Jewish attorney offered a mini-Sunday School lesson about the difference between the cavalry and Calvary.

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ALBANY – When Albany’s three Episcopal churches conducted “Ashes-to-Go” drive-throughs last year to reach out to those unable to attend one of the traditional Ash Wednesday services held at each church, organizers did not realize they were testing a way to make the imposition of ashes availa…

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Hezekiah had truly been one of the greatest kings of the Jews. After the vast army of Assyria overthrew the northern kingdom of Israel and scattered those 10 tribes among all the nation, they then surrounded Jerusalem. The faith of Hezekiah and the record of his amazing prayer and what he di…

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As of Jan. 29, we successfully completed legislative day 8 of 40. Last week we picked up the pace as several House committees held their first meetings, both virtually and in-person, to begin the process of vetting proposed legislation.

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Sundays are the priest or pastor’s best days. Clerics get to preach, teach and interact with the congregation. Pre-COVID they shook hands, hugged people, ate doughnuts and drank coffee with parishioners. Having prayed over and studied over scripture all week, they are eager to speak God’s wo…

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Knowing the influence that friends have on each other, the Lord advises that “the righteous should choose his friends carefully.” (Proverbs 12:26) Friends, even as the Bible uses the word, are not mere acquaintances. True friends build a relationship that can surpass even that which they exp…

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Jan. 19 marked the beginning of what we refer to as “budget week.” The only thing that we are constitutionally required to do during our 40-day session is pass a balanced budget. While balancing a budget seems simple enough, when dealing with billions of dollars, it can be quite challenging.…

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Tragically, men have taken the words of the Bible out of context. Consider the following illustration. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” there was no way anyone there could have understood what He meant. Have you ever thought what the Jewish leaders thought was finished at the cross?

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The 800-year-old cathedral at Salisbury, England, is now being used as a vaccination station for COVID-19. Photographs of the cathedral nave capture various stations, each set aside by protective screens, surrounded by the ancient stone walls, light flooding through the high, translucent windows.

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Combination locks — a simple and yet intricate invention of centuries gone by — are used widely today for locking up numerous belongings: like bicycles, suitcases, briefcases, doors, gates, phones, etc. Regardless of the style of lock, everyone understands the process required to open one of…

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These are bookings for Dec. 31-Jan. 6 at the Dougherty County Jail. AGENCY KEY: ADDU, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit; APD, Albany Police Department; ASU, Albany State University Police; DCP, Dougherty County Police Department; DCSP, Dougherty County School System Police Department; Prob, Probati…

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There are many reasons and ways to mourn. A sign of deep mourning and repentances in ancient times was to put on sackcloth and ashes. Isaiah tells us that God can bring us out of our mourning and affliction.

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Maybe I would know about the Lady in Blue had I lived in Texas or New Mexico. Or maybe I would have heard about her if I were raised Roman Catholic, although Catholics venerate so many people I suspect many Catholics reading today’s column have overlooked the Lady in Blue, Sor Maria de Agreda.

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The world of Mary and Martha had been turned upside down. Lazarus, their only brother, was sick, and they sent a message to Jesus. We are not sure exactly where Jesus was in Galilee, but he could have been more than 70 miles from these two godly women. When Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been de…

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Last week’s New York Times carried a lengthy article about an ostentatious, successful New York City Realtor whose past included private schools, talented parents and high society connections. When this woman died, a Times reporter portrayed her vividly in an article about her life. Then som…

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LEESBURG – Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the Lee County Commission and county employees can look back at 2020 and see a variety of accomplishments positively impacting county residents, county officials noted.

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Jesus often concluded a lesson by crying out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mat. 11:15; 13:9, 43). Also, in the letters to the churches of Asia, Jesus concludes each with a similar saying, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, …

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The Word was in the beginning, and that very Word was with God, and God was that Word. The same was in the beginning with God. Everything came to be by His hand; and without Him not even one thing that was created came to be. The life was in Him and the life is the light of men. And the same…

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I’m a Spotify subscriber, have been for quite a few years now. A person can listen for free, which I did until they made the ads so screechingly irritating I finally paid the monthly fee to stop the torture. It’s the best money I spend each month, because music helps maintain what sanity and…

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One line can make all the difference in the world. Many have followed the line of a storm. So much of the possible destruction and chaos is determined by that line and how you look at it. Does it really mean that? Are they really serious? These are questions we ask when determining what will…

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These days before Christmas are grey and brief; sunrise to sunset is slightly less than 10 hours, leading to the winter solstice. Days of sunshine and blue sky can be glorious, but days of fog, chill and damp can make one yearn for springtime.

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ALBANY — A turning point in the battle against COVID-19 occurred at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon when Dr. James E. Black, who is the Medical Director of Emergency Services at the Albany hospital, sat down and received the first dose of COVID vaccine, administered by Bri…

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