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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! God’s Gift of Grace

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I’m  reading Perry Hall’s book “Grace Does That?”  In it he tells the story of  Charles Bradlaugh and Hugh Price Hughes.

Bradlaugh was the most prominent atheist in 19th century Britain.  On one occasion he challenged the evangelist Hughes to a debate on the validity of Christianity.  Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! What shall I do with Jesus?

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Legendary football Coach Lou Holtz was in his first season at Arkansas.

The #6 Razorbacks were playing the #2 Oklahoma Sooners in the 1978 Orange Bowl. Both teams were 10-1, yet Arkansas was an 18-point underdog. But then Holtz suspended three top players for violation of team rules. Now Arkansas was a 24-point underdog!

Following the suspensions, the press was livid.  12 Arkansas  players threatened not to play. But Holtz didn’t back down. Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Jesus the Messiah

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He may not be the “Second Coming,” but his Mom thinks he’s pretty special!  And she believes she has the right to name her baby whatever she chooses!

Jalessa Martin, a Newport, Tennessee woman, recently sought a court order to establish paternity for her baby boy.  The request also included a ruling on the child’s last name, since Jalessa and the boy’s father couldn’t agree.

However,  Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the child’s first name changed when she learned the mother had named him “Messiah.” Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Beneath the Cross of Jesus

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Elizabeth Cecelia Clephane was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1830.  Her parents died when she was a child. And she died at the young age of 39, having lived most of her life with illness.

Deeply religious and concerned about others, Elizabeth ministered to the downtrodden in the village of Melrose, where she lived most of her life. She was bright. Clever.  And cheerful. People in the village called her “Sunbeam.”  But Clephane didn’t see herself that way.  She wrote these words: Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Jesus Became “Sin For Us”

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The Conscience Fund.  It’s real.  You can check it out.  It’s used for voluntary contributions from people who have stolen from or defrauded the US Government.  It was created in 1811 when a private citizen sent a check for $5.00 saying he had “misappropriated government funds while serving as a quartermaster in the Army.”  He said he felt guilty.

“Suppose we call this a contribution to the conscience fund and get it announced in the newspapers,” suggested Treasury Secretary Francis Spinner. “Perhaps we will get some more.”

In the first twenty years the fund received $250,000.  Here are some interesting contributions. Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! The Importance of the Cross

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Some things are just more important than other things.

This is true in business. Sports. Government.  Our homes.  It is true in life’s tasks.  My Franklin planner teaches priorities.  You list all your tasks for the day and rank them in order of importance.  Then begin with the most important.

It is also true in Christianity.  While everything is important, there are some fundamentals that must rank with greater importance.  James Montgomery Boice expressed it this way.  Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! I Crucified Christ

Cross.RembrandtRembrandt van Rijn was a Dutch artist who lived in the 17th century.  One of his most famous paintings is the Raising of the Cross, which he completed for Prince Frederick Henry.  The painting, now housed in a museum in Münich Germany, is a sobering portrayal of the cross being lifted up as Jesus hangs on it.

As the Roman soldiers are lifting up the cross, there is another figure helping. If you look closely, you will see a man at Jesus’ feet wearing a blue painter’s beret.  He is obviously not a character from the first century.  So who is it?  Continue reading

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