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Making Known the “Unknown God”

Yesterday Norma Jean and I spent the morning touring the area of the  Areopagus and  The Parthenon, where the virgin goddess Athena was worshiped. Previously I had only seen pictures and visited the Athens of the south, Nashville, Tennesse and seen its replica.

It is amazing to see the actual Parthenon, built between 447 and 438 B.C. As I looked across to Areopagus Hill, I thought about the apostle Paul’s visit to this same city as recorded by Luke in Acts 17. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Selfless

Martin and Diedre Bobgan in their book, How To Counsel From Scripture, tell of a fascinating study dealing with the principle of the Golden Rule. It was conducted by Bernard Rimland, director of the Institute for Child Behavior Research.

“The happiest people,” Rimland concluded “are those who help others.” Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Mark 10:14

 

This week I’m participating in the Vacation Bible School with the Wellandport Church teaching the adult class.

I’m teaching, but I think I’m the one receiving the most benefit. Not just from the adults in my class. But from the children. They are excited. They sing at the top of their lungs. And proudly show their pictures after class.

I love VBS. It reinforces the value of children. The need to teach them. And to provide spiritual direction for their lives. Continue reading

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Watch Out for “Certain Men”

In my Bible reading this morning I came across this warning about “certain men.” I was reminded that over 40 years ago I worked up a sermon about the problem of “certain men.” Well, actually,” worked up” is a bit of a stretch, I “borrowed” it from Robert Jackson!

But I digress.

Three times in the New Testament Bible writers warn first century Christians about “certain men.” Continue reading

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Exceeding Expectations: Doing More.

Have you seen the “You had one job jokes”? There are hundreds of them.

Diane Sewell has a whole page of “one job” pictures. Like the football jersey with the number “12″ but spelled out thirteen. Or the crooked yellow line down the center of the road. Or the stop sign installed upside down. Apparently, there’s a lot of people who can’t accomplish the one job required of them. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Titus 3:14

As the world watched, following a turbulent 18-day ordeal, the 12 Thai boys and their assistant coach have been safely rescued.

The boys and their coach, members of the Wild Boars soccer team, had been exploring the Tham Luang caves in Thailand. Suddenly rising waters trapped them. And for 9 days they were stranded without any food before rescuers located them. Continue reading

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Are You Sound in the Faith?

Through the years, I have been asked regarding the “soundness” of a specific church, Christian, or a preacher. “Are they sound?” the question is raised.

Usually the definition of “soundness” was based on specific brotherhood issues regarding the work, worship, and organization of the church. Continue reading

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