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A Lesson from the Great Pandemic

The fabric of American society was left in tatters in the fall of 1918, eroding our innocence and trust in one another.  The cause was a very old disease that came each year–influenza.  It started with the soldier fighting the Great War, but it soon attacked the citizen on the ...

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I Just Wanna Be Real

“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:23) There are many preachers of the gospel. There are many who would seek to sow the Word ...

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Forgiven Not Perfect

As Christians we are not perfect, but somewhere along the line a few think they are. Speaking for myself  I stumble, make mistakes, but praise God I have a heavenly Father that loves me unconditionally and chose me to be His, and I accepted. Its my hope that in a ...

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When Forgetting is a Good Thing

The old dairy barn looked out-of-place, nestled between a restaurant, a furniture store, and a museum in the center of the city. It had once been a vital part of a large farm that had been swallowed by progress decades before. Everyone knew its days were dwindling, its destruction sure.  Finally, ...

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A Case For A Literal Rapture

One minute you are on Planet Earth; the next moment you aren’t. This is a common belief of many Christians when they think of the rapture of the Church. However, not all people believe in a literal rapture. While it is true that the word “rapture” does not appear anywhere ...

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The Lie of an Idol

“Such is the nature of the human soul, that it must have a God, an object of supreme affection.” (From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) Many definitions found in Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary are based on his Christian faith. He defined the soul as the spiritual and immortal substance within the man, ...

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Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

In my conversations with people about the Christian faith, I often point out that Christianity is the only worldview that answers two of the biggest questions in life in a such a way that it elevates mankind to the heights of excellence. These two questions we all ask ourselves at ...

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Honoring Our Parents Will be Rewarded

In the television drama The Waltons, grandparents Zeb and Esther lived with their son, daughter-in-law, and seven grandchildren as the family struggled in the grips of the Great Depression.  The family had little in the way of worldly goods, but they had a bond of love and support for one ...

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Simplicity: A Gift from God

In our family there are many stories and memories  about Christmases past.   With my father now gone, I  remember these treasured tales with the start of every holiday season. Born just three months before the stock market’s  great crash in 1929, my father spent his early years on a northern ...

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