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Is Anyone Irredeemable?

 ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 5: Supporters cheer as republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the CFE Federal Credit Union Arena in Orlando, FL on Saturday March 05, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

For someone who enjoys keeping up with the what’s going on in the world, I am purposely watching less and less news and commentary programs. It seems to be the same old tune. Hillary’s health. Hillary’s emails. Trump’s new poll numbers. Or some gaffe made by Trump.

But this comment by Hillary Clinton that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are a “basket of deplorables” did get my attention. She said they are “irredeemable.”

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The Lord is Willing. Are You?

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Last night in our Bible class at Hickman Mills we were studying the miracles of Jesus.  There is a very brief, but powerful encounter Jesus had with a leper.  Here’s Matthew’s account.

“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”   Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”  (Matt 8:1-3)

There are at least three things noteworthy about this narrative. Continue reading

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Is Just Following Your Conscience Good Enough For God?

Repubblicacover-255x337Does God “forgive those who are unbelievers and do not seek faith?”

The Catholic Pope, Francis, was asked this question by Eugenio Sscalfari, an avowed atheist and founder of the liberal Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The Pope responded with a recently published front page letter.

Here’s what he wrote. Continue reading

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What is Whiter Than Snow?

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“As white as the driven snow,” wrote Shakespeare in A Winter’s Tale. In Macbeth the poet used the expression “pure as snow.”  Is there any better metaphor for whiteness than snow?

We witnessed this first hand recently in Kansas City, Missouri.  We’ve had snow.  Lots of it!  Over two feet.  Following the first snow, Norma Jean and I marveled one night on how light everything looked behind our house.  The snow was so white.  So bright.  So intense in color that it looked like day light!

But do you know what’s whiter than snow? Continue reading

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Do You Really Understand the Theme of the Bible?

“Why did Jesus die?’  “What does that have to do with sin?  “Why is the Bible such a bloody book?” These are some of the questions asked and answered today by Ken Craig on the Florida College lecture program. He also addressed the issue of the relevance of the Old Testament for a 21st century generation that must find relevancy in everything.

I knew of Ken Craig through my friend Dan DeGarmo.  And was familiar with his book “The Big Picture of the Bible.”  But today I was privileged both to hear and meet him. His lecture, “The Sacrificial System: The Offering of the Body of Jesus Christ Once and for All,” was a demonstration of his “Big Picture” view of the Bible.  It is an excellent approach.

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