A Little Resolve

[562 words] “But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank” (Daniel 1:19-20). All the students in the Cape and Jackson area have officially begun the 2014-15 school year. Each year as this time period comes I can’t help but think about my time in school. From the innocent elementary days to my awkward middle school years (also known as The Dark Ages) and well beyond my high school classes, school has always and will always have this in common; the inescapable amount of peer pressure and fear of...

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Have We Misunderstood Grace?

[460 words] Perhaps the subject of grace has been neglected in some pulpits and congregations. Undoubtedly, it has been misunderstood and improperly taught since the first century (cf. Romans 6:1; Galatians 5:4). It is vital to properly emphasize and explain such a huge concept within the gospel message. Why? Because of what it is—the completely free and undeserved expression of God’s lovingkindness and favor toward mankind; because of what it does—brings salvation (Titus 2:11; Ephesians 2:5) and comfort and hope (2 Thessalonians 2:16); and because of what it cost to make available (2 Corinthians 8:9; Hebrews 2:9). Perhaps some try...

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Which Road Will You Take?

[269 words] “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). This was written when most travel was by walking. To move forward to modern times think about the wide freeways with travel going 75 mph or faster. Remember the narrow one-lane roads that had a dirt surface. The Christian trip must be traveled on the narrow road that...

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Life is in the Blood

[423 words] If you have ever went to the doctor for a checkup and had a blood test done, likely you received a report that showed many results. Now, I remember from science class many moons ago that the blood delivers nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells. But our blood carries so much more than that. It’s amazing what all our blood can reveal. For example, if you look at your blood test results, you may see such familiar categories as glucose, sodium, potassium, calcium, and protein. You may even see categories that you have no idea what they...

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Looking Ahead

[279 words] “Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad” (Psalm 14:7). What is ahead? We may be surrounded by ridicule, by persecution, by a distressing picture of mankind’s irreverence toward God, and by man’s inhumanity toward others, but we can always rejoice and be glad about three truths. There is a restoration coming. One day, in God’s time, all wrongs will be made right, and the affairs of God will be settled. Ancient Israel knew such a time was coming, but they...

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Leftovers

[396 words] I once knew a family that got a lot of free pies. The reason was that there was an elderly gentleman who had an unusual “tradition.” This man wanted his wife to fix a fresh pie for their noon meal. As I remember it, if this was not a daily occurrence, it was an almost daily occurrence. The man and his wife each enjoyed a piece of freshly baked pie at lunch and then gave the rest of the pie to the people I knew. They weren’t merely trying to be nice, however. Instead, if you can believe...

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Christ Stands Alone

[286 words] There had been other great teachers before Jesus. There had even been miracle workers before Jesus. However, even with all the powerful prophets who had come before Him, none of the other’s teachings were understood as inaugurating God’s long-awaited and promised kingdom. A new age dawned with the coming and teaching ofJesus. The world would never be the same. Historian Philip Schaff (in his book, The Person of Christ) said this about the power of His teaching: “Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He...

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Improving Your Serve

[640 words] One of the games my dad and I played when I was a teen was Ping-Pong. I played against my peers and generally won most games. But when I played my dad, he destroyed me every time. So, I practiced and I practiced and I practiced until one day we played each other and I finally won! He smiled and said, “Sam, I’ve been waiting for this day to come.” Now, as he said this I was thinking he was going to humbly accept his defeat. Not so much. Instead, he continued, “Now I want to play you...

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Which Soul Are You?

[147 words] The GREAT SOUL prays: “Lord, make me as big as my problem.” The LITTLE SOUL prays: “Lord, please let me off easy.” The GIANT SOUL asks: “Lord, please give me the strength that will be sufficient for me to stand before you after a hard day, sinless. I know it will be a difficult task but with your help I will do my best.” The SMALL SOUL begs: “Lord make sure today is an easy one. Give me a light load.” The STRONG SOUL prays: “Lord I know there will be some fighting to do so help me...

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The Path to Peace

[502 words] One of the great passages in the Bible on having peace of mind is in Philippians 4. Here are the keys: Make up your mind to be happy. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (v.4). Abraham Lincoln said a man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be. There are heartaches we can’t avoid, but there is great joy in the Lord if we will just choose it. Learn to yield to others. “Let your moderation be known unto all men” (v.5). This moderation means to be reasonable, fair, and...

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Fault-Finding is Easy

[353 words] Most folk are eager to confess the faults of others, while seldom confessing any of their own. Often this is prevalent among Christians, who should know that their ethical standard is in reverse when they engage in such action. Instead of gossiping about a brother or sister whose behavior is inconsistent with Christian standards, our noble calling is to lovingly assist the fellow Christian who has fallen back to spiritual health. Galatians 6:1-2 is a key passage of instruction about attitude of heart, and the Christian manner of reclaiming a fallen fellow Christian. The New American Standard Bible...

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Context Can Keep You From Drowning

[487 words] It is possible to twist the scriptures, particularly those portions which are harder to understand, to one’s own destruction (2 Peter 3:16). Satan misuses scripture to cloud the thinking of those he wishes to lead astray (Matthew 4:6), and he certainly has not gone out of business in the information age. We have so much information available to us nowadays, but much of it is bad information. When we fail to study for ourselves, but, instead, swallow whole what purported experts have to say, we make ourselves more susceptible to false teachers. False teachers sometimes attempt to drag...

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God Hurts When You Hurt

[221 words] One of the most striking passages in the Old Testament is Isaiah 63:7-9. “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which He is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us—yes, the many good things He has done for the house of Israel, according to His compassion and many kindnesses. He said, ‘Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me,’ and so He became their Savior. In all their distress He too was distressed, and the angel of His presence saved them. In His...

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Vending Machine Religion

[339 words] Sitting in an automobile repair shop, I was recently confronted with one of the biggest opponents to health—the vending machine. As a young boy, like a magnet I was drawn to the bright lights and the colorful display of pure sweetness found within every wrapper. The thrill of putting money in and selecting what I wanted was, at times, a fun and joyous occasion. Looking at this enemy of the waistline today, I can’t help but see an illustration relating to the American concept of religion. In a culture of moral relativism and unbiblical tolerance telling us that...

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The Most Important Days of Your Life

[323 words] No, it isn’t the day you were born, married, your children were born, or even the day you lost someone of great importance to you. Not to minimize the significance of those days, but these three days are the same for everyone, and in many respects much more important. The first day is yesterday (and you can now guess the other two). The best thing you can do with yesterday is forget it. Too many people’s lives are dictated by their past. They cannot move forward in life because something from their yesterday drags them down. Paul the...

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Long to Look

[269 words] Speaking of Old Testament prophets’ predictions about Jesus Christ’s “sufferings” and “glories,” Peter wrote, “It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look” (1 Peter 1:12, ESV). Amazing, that angels “long to look” into God’s work regarding human salvation. In that verse, “long” is translated from a Greek word (epithumeo) which means to desire passionately. And, “look” is translated from a...

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You’re in the Wrong Church

[168 words] If you identify your congregation by a person (pastor or leader) other than Christ, either you’re not in the right church or you’re not the right kind of Christian. Christ does not brook the exaltation of man. The church belongs to him. No person has the right to be known for the work of Christ. “Now I mean this, that each of you is saying, ‘I am with Paul,’ or ‘I am with Apollos,’ or ‘I am with Cephas,’ or ‘I am with Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you, was he? Or were you in...

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Do We Have A Direct Line To The Divine?

[191 words] Hillary Clinton, in a recent interview about the evolution of her view on homosexual marriage with Terry Gross, host of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” said, “One of my big problems right now is that too many people believe they have a direct line to the divine and they never want to change their mind about anything.” Well one of my big problems with that is when it comes to homosexual marriage and its morality we do have a direct line to the divine. It’s called the word of God (a.k.a. the Bible). As surely as the word of God...

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Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness

[163 words] Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;Bow down in reverence, God’s glory proclaim;Gold of obedience and incense of lowlinessBring now, adoring the Lord’s holy name. Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness;High on his heart Jesus bears it for thee,Comforts thy sorrows and answers thy prayerfulness,Guiding thy steps as may best for thee be. Fear not to enter God’s courts in the slendernessOf the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine;Truth in its beauty and love in its tenderness:These are the offerings to lay on his shrine. These, though we bring them in trembling and...

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Passover Compared to Lord’s Supper

[263 words] Let’s look at ti!e resemblance of the feast of the Passover to that of the observance of the Lord’s Supper. Just as the shed blood of the Pascal lamb was in reality the salvation of the Israelites, if applied as directed, so is the blood of Jesus as seen in the observance of the Lord’s Supper. The cup represents the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary. The Israelites were to eat the meat of the slain Pascal lamb. In comparison, the Christian is to eat the unleavened bread representing the broken body ofJesus. “The cup of blessing which...

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Losing Your Connection

[414 words] With technology comes great gains in the way we are able to live our lives. However, nothing can be more frustrating than when that same technology meant to make our lives easier fails. One of the most frequent ways this can happen is to lose a connection. Cell phones, internet access, and satellite dishes are all susceptible to this common problem. How many of us have been right in the middle of a long conversation only to lose connection and have to start all over? How many of us have been watching the big game or our favorite...

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They Hoisted the Trophy Without Him

[392 words] It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon. My son’s Little League All-Star baseball team was playing in the Regional championship game. The team had won their first game earlier that afternoon to advance to the championship round. Just before the start of the game I headed to the dugout to inform both my son and his coach that we would be leaving early so that we could get back in time for church service. Initially my son didn’t want to go. He wanted to stay and play and help his team. I told him later that he...

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You’ll Get Dizzy!

[404 words] A certain man was troubled with dizzy spells, redness in his face, and bulging eyes. Every day when he went to his office, he experienced these things. Weekends were not so bad, so he concluded his work was causing his physical discomfort. He went from one doctor to another and none could tell him what the problem was. He consulted psychiatrists, psychologists and psychics. What was wrong? Why was he constantly suffering from dizzy spells, redness in his face and bulging eyes? He tried everything, it seemed. Nothing helped. He finally resigned himself to the fact that whatever...

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Will You Step Out of the Boat?

[216 words] “But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don t be afraid ” (Matthew 14:27). After feeding the 5,000, Jesus “made” the disciples go on ahead of Him in the boat while He dismissed the crowd and prayed. When the wind and the waves get fierce in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus comes walking to his terrified followers on the water. His words to them tell so much about His purpose. “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” reveal that because Emmanuel “God with us” is with them they can have courage...

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His Name Is Christian, But He Isn’t One

[500 words] Various and odd instances brought me into contact with a man whose first name is Christian. He had been through some trying times and needed help. In the process of things being done, I asked some of the usual background questions and in so doing received answers which seemed to indicate a possible openness to the gospel. He is from a large family and from a different section of the country than me. He is about a year older than me and has been retired for several years. He is conscientious and does a lot of volunteer work....

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Confusing Good and Evil

[220 words] In pronouncing judgment on the sins of ancient Israel, the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Have you ever stopped to think how applicable that is to our society? We have become quite accomplished at redefining sinful acts as good things. Consider these examples: Homosexuality has been redefined as “gay”; killing unborn babies is called “abortion” or “a woman ‘s right to choose”; gambling has been renamed “gaming”; living together...

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Dog Daze

[426 words] When I was a small boy in North Georgia I used to hear the older folks speak of “Dog Days.” I never quite understood what that meant but I got the idea it meant I couldn’t go swimming for fear of catching a fever or something worse. I suppose every part of the country has different phrases to describe some part of a season where things are strongly affected by the weather. It seems to me that dog days used to be in later August and maybe over into “hot” September. Well, it may be a bit early...

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Conversion: Diet Or Lifestyle?

[344 words] I have lost 300 pounds: two pounds 150 times. Many have. It is one thing to lose weight. It is a radically different thing to change our lifestyle. Yet diets fail. All how-to books ultimately fail. Why? Because they do not alter the lifestyle. There are no shortcuts. There is no magic. No pain, no gain. We must change our thinking, our values, our purposes, our direction, yes. our very lifestyle. We need to learn how to eat to live. It is that simple. This also works down at church. You don’t join the church, get religion, experience...

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On the Lighter Side (September 2014)

[445 words] Just as she was celebrating her 80th birthday, an elderly woman received a jury duty notice. She called the clerk’s office to remind them that she was exempt because of her age. “You need to come in and fill out the exemption forms,” the clerk said. “But I filled them out last year,” she replied. ”You have to fill them out every year.” “Why? Do you think I’m getting younger?” — Disharmony in Washington, D.C., proved a hassle for Philadelphia’s Independence Hall last October. A sign outside read “The Great Debates Program, ‘Is American Politics Broken?’ has been...

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