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3 Reasons Why The Gospel is Great

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Perry Greene shared this story in one of his sermons. It was early in 1945. As United States forces pushed deep into Okinawa they came across a village unlike any they had ever seen. Here at Shimabuku they were met and welcomed by two old men who invited the troops in as “fellow Christians.” Continue reading

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Is America The World’s Best Hope?

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“America is the most consequential nation on Earth, and in desperate need of God at the moment. If America falls, it will be a thousand years of darkness for the entire planet.”

Conservative political pundit Ann Coulter wrote the above words in a recent column entitled “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Idiotic.’” It was in response to Dr. Kent Brantly, the medical missionary, who contracted the deadly disease while serving in Liberia.  He, along with co-worker, Nancy Writebol, have been transported to Emory Medical Center in Atlanta where they are receiving treatment for the virus that has a 90% mortality rate.  Continue reading

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The Gospel in a Nutshell

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The Protestant reformer Martin Luther called it “the gospel in miniature.”

Biblical Commentator William Barclay wrote that it is “the very essence of the Gospel.”

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy stated, “This is the promise that bears hope for the hopeless.”

Gospel preacher, Robert Jackson, entitled it “The greatest sentence ever written.”  Continue reading

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The Gospel: Good News!

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While away in Florida earlier this month, I got out of the routine of watching the morning and evening shows that I typically watch.  And since returning home, I’ve not gotten back into that habit.

Yesterday, I turned on one of the shows I like to watch, and it was still about the same old news I heard a month a ago!  And a year ago!  Much of it bad news!  Negative news!  Depressing news! Continue reading

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John 3:16–The Heart of the Gospel

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It is probably the best known verse in the Bible.  Years ago you would see a guy at a football game wearing a rainbow-colored wig holding up a John 3:16 sign.  Back in the 1970’s, there was a man in St. Petersburg, Florida, John Michael Cook, who legally changed his name to John 3:16 Cook.   He operated a mission downtown and ministered to the homeless, alcoholics, and drug addicts. Continue reading

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“God’s Elevator”

        While I was in Indiana last week, Jim Dorn told me this story.  I thought you would like it. 

       There was a family that lived out “in the sticks”, far from civilization. One day the family made their first trip to the “big city” and visited a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again. The boy asked his father, “What is this, father?” The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don’t know what it is.”

      While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them and into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched small circles of light with numbers above the wall light up. They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction. The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out.  Continue reading

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