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We love the luxuries of life: nice cars, nice big houses, great vacations, and we spend our time working hard to acquire all the things we want. We work hard to give ourselves and our children the best life possible. In an effort to create this comfortable lifestyle for ourselves, we find ourselves caught up trying to store up wealth and forget to build a relationship with Christ which in the end grants us eternal life.

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I’m afraid that a lot of individuals, as well as the church as a whole, have become so used to going the wrong way in some matters that we can’t even recognize the right way anymore.

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In the fourth Gospel John relates the account of Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish Ruling Council, approaching Jesus. You might want to take a look at the whole account found in John 3:1-21 before proceeding in this article. The account is instructive for us today.

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Last weekend we were able to take the two-and-a-half-hour trip to visit our son and his family. One of the reasons we were excited to do so is because we have a 1-year-old grandson there who is constantly changing and growing up all too quickly.

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The common misconceptions of our day are first, all roads lead to heaven, and second, it doesn’t really matter how you live, as long as you are a good person (and that concept is a broad one), you will get to heaven.

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We treasure the things we love: our jewelry, furniture, vehicles and so much more. When our favorite jewelry breaks, we do not just throw it away, we find every way to get it fixed. We do the same for our cars and furniture. Just like we do for the things we acquire, we do much more for our children. As parents we love our children dearly, and even when they are not doing the right thing, we do not give up on them. We give them everything we can so they can be the best. But even as parents sometimes we reach our breaking points, and we give up.

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American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is perhaps the most outstanding female artist of the 20th century. As she developed her style, her artwork moved from imitating the masters to her own individualistic style.

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One morning I was watching the weather report on a local TV news broadcast. At one point the forecaster was showing the current radar revealing a few scattered showers in the area. Moments later she was commenting on a graphic about the rain chances for the day, which included the statement that there was a zero percent chance of precipitation that morning. She seemed to have no problem with the blatant inconsistency between that statement and the reality of what was actually taking place outside. A few minutes later as I was driving down the road, I ran into some of that rain, which we had no chance of experiencing.

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We generally begin our assessment of a person as handsome or beautiful, masculine or feminine, tall or short, all of which are external attributes. If we are wise, we know that the real measure is the character of the person such as honesty, trustworthiness, dependability, kindness, and so on.

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One day last week I was driving down the road when something in the sky ahead of me caught my eye. At first, I thought it was a bird flying, but something about it just didn’t look right.

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I am writing this article on July 4, 2022. George Washington, our first president and considered the Father of our Country, said in his farewell address, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

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A friend of mine once told of his mother taking him aside one day as a lad. She strictly rebuked him for something he said about another boy. “Son, he was made in the image of God, just as you were. That means God loves him as much as He loves you. When you put him down you are insulting God.” The basis of all the precepts of God is this profound truth.

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Not long ago I noticed a small gap had formed in the siding under an eave of our roof. I temporarily covered the hole from inside the attic with a piece of fix-it-all duct tape. However, it fell off recently due to the effects of our summer heat. So I subsequently purchased and applied some spray foam material that works well to fill in such unwelcome openings.

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After 50 years of horrendous psychological destruction and the heartless murder of millions of innocent lives, the Supreme Court of the United States finally corrected the error made by the 1973 Court which, ignoring all rules of precedent, crafted a constitutional right that devastated the moral foundation of our nation. Today, for instance, we are scrambling to try to figure out why children are killing children using guns, clubs, knives, cars, virtually anything they can find. The reality is that the generation that is perpetrating these crimes have grown up with the concept that human life is expendable for the last 50 years. Sadly, the same voices that cry out in mock rage over our present reality, turn right around and cry out in real rage over a righteous moral decision. 

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On two separate occasions recently, I’ve had close encounters with members of the deer family. One took place while I was walking through our neighborhood. The other one occurred as I arrived at our church one morning. Both times I altered my normal behavior in order to try to avoid “spooking” the animal.

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“In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10, NET). Those words were written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23), that is, Jesus closest earthly associate, so one would think that he (John) understood exactly what he was claiming when he penned these words.

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The writer of Ecclesiastes calls our attention to God’s creation when noting, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”(3:11a) The wildflower on which we focus today is a perfect example of this truth.

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Sunday is Father’s Day. Many will be receiving gifts. Suppose you receive a special gift, an item you have wanted for a long time. You open that gift and immediately are filled with joy and gratitude.

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As we celebrate Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, I smile as I read Romans 5:1-5. What is Paul talking about? I wonder what society Paul lived in, because in today’s society, with social media and all the pressures of life, it seems impossible to boast in suffering. The pressures of society are forcing everyone to be prefect or act like everything is prefect. Remember the phrase, “Fake it till you make it?” Well it seems like we are all faking it till we make it.

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In his book “40 Days,” Alton Gansky recounts a story of Houdini’s failed attempt to escape from a jail cell. Houdini had, by this time, built a great reputation for himself as a great escape artist, so when the sheriff of a small town jail challenged him to try to escape from his jail, Houdini accepted, figuring that this would be an easy escape. It wasn’t.

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Let us examine another wonder of nature that God has created for our enjoyment. Psalm 40:5 best expresses my thought, “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell them, they would be too many to declare.”

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This Sunday we as the church will celebrate Pentecost. According to Acts 2, on Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples like tongues of fire and inspired them to speak in different languages, so that the crowds that had gathered in Jerusalem each heard the good news of Jesus in their own language.

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According to Insider.com, there have been 214 mass shootings in America to date (May 31, 2022 as I write). Leaders are scrambling to find answers to the alarming increase in violence in our nation. The two common threads focus on guns and mental health. No one is addressing the real problem,…

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Psalm 104 is a hymn of praise for the world God has created. It praises the Lord for the splendor and majesty of the heavens, the sea, the mountains, the valleys, and the beasts of the fields.

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A week ago our son Christopher graduated from high school. He is 22 years old and has autism. Because of his social limitations, he did not go through the large graduation service. Instead, Union Grove High School had a special service for him in their resource center.

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The finale. A number of TV series have recently aired their season finale or in some cases their series finale. One was even appropriately titled simply “Goodbye.” However, a finale isn’t necessarily the end.

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A recent tragedy inundated social media with a theological misconception: namely, “We know you shouldn’t ask God ‘why’”. I am not sure where that idea came from, but I know it did not come from the Scriptures. So, let me be clear to all you hurting people: it is OK to ask God why.

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As I mourn and despair after yet another mass shooting, a rage seeps into my soul at another racially-motivated act of terrorism from within our country. A Scriptural lament rises within me. A longing, aching plea repeats itself: “How long, O Lord, how long?”

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A couple of our younger grandchildren were visiting with us when two of their older cousins also stopped by. As they played together, the bigger kids pulled out an old Spiderman blanket from our back room, spreading it out on the living room floor. They remembered how they used to lie on that blanket when they were the age and size of their cousins. 

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Last week I began writing an article about boring church. You know what I mean. It is that service that you leave as empty as you came into it; that church were you leave angry perhaps because it “didn’t meet your needs,” which can mean simply that you didn’t like the music so you tuned out early, or you didn’t find the message relevant for your life.

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I am writing this to express some grave concerns about a book that some of you may be considering for your curriculums. Based on the criteria many of you have proposed to judge or ban certain books, you need to remove this book for at least these three major reasons.

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I’ve downloaded an app on my phone that identifies various plants. I can simply take a picture of the vegetation in question and in a few seconds its name will be revealed to me, along with more detailed information if I’m interested in knowing more about it.

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Some might remember the once-famous restaurant in Cobb County known as Aunt Fanny’s Cabin. I was introduced to this iconic restaurant by a ministry that was trying to lure me to the Atlanta area.

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