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James 1.22

A woman rushes to see her doctor, looking very much worried and all strung out.

She rattles off, “Doc, take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were blood-shot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face!

What’s wrong with me, Doc?” Continue reading


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Serving A False God

Mount Olympus 

Mt Olympus, in ancient Greece, was once regarded the abode of the Greek gods. The deities believed to have dwelt there were Zeus, the king of the gods; his wife Hera; his brothers Poseidon and Hades; his sisters Demeter and Hestia; and his children, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Athena, Hermes and Hephaestus.

I am reminded, however, of a quip by D. L. Moody who once wrote, “You don’t have to go to heathen lands today to find false gods. America is full of them.” Continue reading

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Occasionally I’m asked about various Bible versions.  I use the New James, but  regularly refer to other translations.

So, I was interested when author Rick Warren was asked, “What is the best translation of the Bible?

’Warren’s answer? Continue reading


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Human Weakness. God’s Grace. And Forgiveness.


What do you believe is our greatest human weakness?

Is it pride that refuses to admit mistakes, sins and errors of judgment?

Is it greed that is absorbed in the accumulation of money and material possessions?

Is it lust that is in mad pursuit of pleasure and sensual excitement?

Maybe you’re thinking it’s anger.  Envy.  Or deceit.

Let me suggest that is it none of the above.  The greatest human weakness is….. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Character


My friend, Don Truex, shared a great story that came out of Wayne, New Jersey last Fall.

Four young men from the William Paterson University football team entered Buddy’s Small Lots to do a little shopping. Soon they realized no one else was in the store. Not even a sales clerk!  Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Fool

FoolD. L. Moody was a famous19th century preacher known for his evangelistic campaigns, which attracted large crowds.  These meetings were often attended by hecklers who were in violent disagreement with his teaching.

In the final service of one meeting, an usher handed Moody a note as he approached the lectern. It was from an atheist who had been giving Mr. Moody a great deal of trouble. The evangelist, however, supposed that is was an announcement, so he quieted the large audience and prepared to read it. Opening the folded piece of paper he found scrawled in large print only one word: “Fool!” The colorful preacher was equal to the occasion. He looked around the audience and said…. Continue reading


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Character Counts

As I click the “publish” button to send this post off around the world, Norma Jean and I are on the way to the airport.  We’re heading to Ohio.  This week-end I’ll be spending time with a group of Christian men in a retreat.  We’ll eat. Laugh. Swap stories.  Enjoy great fellowship.  And we’ll sit around the fire and discuss our theme “The Character of a Man.”  I’m grateful to Dan DeGarmo and Matt Allen for the privilege of leading the devotional periods.  Continue reading


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The Measure of Our Maturity

Sometime ago I read a devotional piece by the minister and writer Bill Crowder.  He told about going to the Hallmark store to get a birthday card and came across one that read, “You are only young once, but you can be immature forever!”

I suppose if you are a fan of Peter Pan there is something attractive about never growing up.  But hopefully most Christians know that perpetual immaturity is not only inappropriate, but unacceptable.  Paul encourages us to mature through these words to the Ephesians. Continue reading


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