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Word of the Week: Character

Today is a national holiday in the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although King was born on January 15, we celebrate his legacy on the third Monday in January.

While M. L. King is known for his tireless work in the area of civil rights, the peaceful marches, and his fiery speeches, perhaps he’s best known for his great “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August of 1963. In that 17 minute speech, Dr. King challenged us with these words Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Absolutes

Several years ago I was studying with a young lady who was a student at the University of South Florida. She was not a Christian, but attending our services and expressing interest.

I always begin Bible Studies with non-Christians by establishing Bible authority, so I asked: “Have you ever taken a philosophy class at USF?”

“Yes,” she nodded.

“Did the professor ever say, ‘There are no absolutes’? inquired. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Merry

Next to Christmas, the word “merry” may be the most popular and oft-repeated word during this season of the year.

But, do you ever wonder why we wish people, “Happy Birthday,” but instead say, “Merry Christmas”?

According to tradition the expression “Merry Christmas” was first recorded in 1534 when John Fisher, a Catholic bishop wrote a letter to Thomas Cromwell wishing him a “Merry Christmas.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Perseverance

Today, December 9th, is one of the hundreds of unusual, wacky, national holidays promoted on special calendars.

Today is “Weary Willie Day.”

This day is named after the sad-sack, down on his luck clown made famous by Emmett Kelly who was born on this day in 1898. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Watchful


“Watch your step!” is an admonition often given by parents to young children.

Kids can become distracted, lethargic, or passive regarding their surroundings and not be paying attention to potential pitfalls. This is particularly good advice when walking down stairs, hiking a trail with rough terrain or walking through a cow pasture. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Thankful

“How is thankfulness the solution for covetousness?”

This question was raised yesterday by Ryan Cummings in a sermon we heard at the Manslick Road Church in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a unique look at both the problem and solution we face in our hyper-commercialized culture.

This Thurdasy we will enjoy our annual Thanksgiving holiday in America, which began in 1621 after the colonists survived the rough first year in the New World and Governor William Bradford proclaimed “a day of Thanksgiving,” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Veterans

Today is Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day commemorating the end of WWI on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918.

In 1921 The United States laid to rest an American soldier, “his name known only to God”, on a Virginia hillside overlooking Washington D.C. and the Potomac River. The site was called “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” which is located in Arlington National Cemetery, where there will be a special wreath-laying ceremony today. Continue reading

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