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6 Steps of Real Repentance

The British evangelist, Rodney “Gipsy” Smith, tells a story about a man who attended one his evangelistic services one night, was convicted of his sin and accepted Christ.

The next morning he went to the home of a friend and said to him, “Do you recognize that old watch?”

“Why, yes,” answered his friend. “Those are my initials; that is my watch. I lost it eight years ago. How did you get it, and how long have you had it?” Continue reading

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GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE: 1Peter 5:8

It was two years ago this month that Katherine Chappell, an American tourist, was attacked and killed by a lion as she toured Lion Park in South Africa’s Gauteng province.

It was a sad and tragic story of a woman who was described as “brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited.” “She was very much-loved and shared her love for life with those she met,” her family said.

What makes this young woman’s death even more heartbreaking is the manner in which the attack occurred. Witnesses described what happened. Continue reading

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Has God Changed His Mind on Capital Punishment?

“Is the death penalty dying in Dallas?” was the heading of a front page article yesterday in the Dallas Morning News.

“Public sentiment on the ultimate sentence has shifted over time,” observed Staff writer, Tasha Tsiapheras.  She cited several examples.

“A college student killed three people at a drug house in a premeditated robbery.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Friendship

If you’re on facebook, you have “friends.” But that doesn’t mean you have a friendship with everyone on your list.

“I don’t need to go onto facebook and pretend to have friends I’ve never even met,” observed actress Stephanie Powers. “To my mind, that kind of destroys the meaning of the word ‘friend.’ I take exception to that. Because I value and respect friendship.”

Friendship is about relationship and rapport. Friendship has to do with community. Commonality. Closeness. Companionship. And comradeship. Continue reading

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Jesus Can Turn Sorrow into Joy

“We were promised sufferings,” wrote C. S. Lewis .  “They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”

So true. It’s one thing to read about sorrow and suffering. Quite another to experience it. Continue reading

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Memories on Memorial Day

“Memory,” wrote author Kevin Arnold, “is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”

As I sit here in the early morning darkness, sipping a cup of hot coffee, I’m alone with my memories on this Memorial Day. Memory can be a wonderful blessing. It can bring smiles, laughter or even tears of joy as we look at pictures, share stories, or just reflect on the good times of by gone days. Continue reading

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Is Today the Birthday of the Universe?

Did you know that today is the birthday of the universe? Well, I didn’t either until I was reading “On This Day in History.”

In the 17th century a German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, claimed that the universe was born on April 27th, 4977 B.C. Kepler is considered a founder of modern science. He’s best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets. He was also a contemporary of the Italian astronomer, Galileo. Continue reading

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