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A Passage To Ponder: 1Corinthians 10:1-12

Our regular readers know that we left Kentucky last Friday and drove to Florida. Yes, the state being threatened by hurricane Dorian.

Some thought we were crazy, but believe me, we made an informed decision. We’ve lived here. We know about the destructive nature of a powerful storm. We’re aware of the “cone of uncertainty.” We also know the difference between media hype and accurate reporting. The storm seemed to be tracking in a direction that was opposite from where we would be. Yet, at any point, we were prepared to turn around and drive to a safe place. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1 Corinthians 5

I recently read that singer, songwriter Willie Nelson once owned a golf course. He said the great thing about owning a golf course is that he could decide what was par for each hole.

“See that hole over there,” he pointed. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 23:13-36

“Anybody can become angry, that is easy,” observed the ancient philosopher Aristotle, “but to be angry at the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way–that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”

Often called “righteous indignation,” Jesus is the perfect example of channeling his anger against sin, especially religious folks who were guilty of hypocrisy and hurting others. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 18:21-35

“To err is human; to forgive, divine” penned the British poet, Alexander Pope.

The apostle Peter probably thought he was being deeply divine when he asked, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

Peter undoubtedly thought he was being excessively generous and magnanimous. After all the Rabbinic teaching as expressed by Rabbi Jose ben Hanina said, “He who begs forgiveness from his neighbor must not do so more than three times.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 13:31-32

You’ve probably never heard of Ryan Hrelgac from Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. But he’s an incredible young man.

When Ryan was only 6 years old, he learned in school of children in African villages who didn’t have access to clean drinking water. So, he began raising money to help by doing household chores. In a period of 4 months, he raised $70.

Encouraged by his attitude and actions, others began to join Ryan and during the next 12 months, he raised $2,000. Within two years Ryan had raised $61,000. Continue reading

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A Passage to Ponder: 2Chronicles 20:5-12

“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God,” wrote American journalist Germany Kent. “Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”

Faith and trust go together. Both by definition and application. You can’t have one without the other. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1 Timothy 3:15

If you google “something is wrong with the church” you’ll get 216 million results in .55 seconds.

Quickly perusing the articles, the answers carry a similar theme.

“5 stupid things the church needs to quit doing.”

“Anatomy of a sick church:10 Symptoms to watch.”

“7 Things We Get Wrong About Worship.”

“12 Reasons Millennials are Over Church.” Continue reading

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