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God’s Goodness and the Mandalay Massacre

A Barna Poll once asked, “If you could ask God one question and you knew He would give you an answer, what would you ask?”

The most common response was, “Why is there pain and suffering in the world?”

In the aftermath of what is being called “The Mandalay Massacre” similar questions are being raised. One of our regular readers, Stephen, asked if  I would write about the Las Vegas shooting as it relates to the Book of Job. “One specific question I have (with a Book of Job context) — is it reasonable for Christians to expect God to protect us from the prowl of Satan?” Continue reading


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Beware: A Liar is on the Loose


We’re all familiar with the Biblical metaphors and descriptions of the devil.

The dragon.

Roaring lion.

Old serpent.

Prince of Darkness.

Your adversary. Continue reading

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When War is Necessary


Today is the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. It is an event that history says “changed America, and the world forever.”

Although the war erupted in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson pursued a policy of neutrality which the vast majority of Americans favored. However, Germany’s imperialistic vision would not leave America alone. Our ships were attacked as we aided Great Britain and our other Allies. Continue reading


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Watch Out For Satan’s Schemes!



What are some things that Christians ought to think about every day?

Last night Shawn Jefferies concluded our Fall Focus Series at Hickman Mills where I worship in Kansas City.  Our theme has been BECOMING HOLY LIKE JESUS.  He ended the series by sharing three things we ought to think about every day.  He said, “The first one will surprise you.”  It did!  Continue reading


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It’s Time To Declare War!


Last night in an impassioned Talking Points memo, Fox News Commentator, Bill O’Reilly, said it is time to declare war on ISIS and other Muslim terrorist groups.

Following the public beheading of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, O’Reilly called for Congress to formally declare war on Islamic terrorists and for the President to sign it

There can be no doubt that ISIS and those of their ilk are at war with us. In a recent video one of their soldiers looked into the camera and sneered “I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. And we will not stop… we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.” Continue reading


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Scams, Schemes and Lies


I don’t like to brag about my good works, or my unselfish acts of  service to my country.  But I must share this.

Yesterday I received a call from the United States Treasury Department.   The nice man with an Indian accent said I qualified to receive $8400 from the government.  Wow!  My lucky day, I thought.  Continue reading

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord


There is a war that is raging!  We can deny it.  Dismiss it.  Or Ignore it.  But the war is real.  The battles are intense.  And the conflicts impact us all.

The war I’m writing about today is not in Afghanistan.  Syria.  Or Kenya .  I’m not discussing current culture wars in America.  Nor am I referring to the conflicts between political parties, or the battles between the White House and Congress.

The war that concerns me is more serious than all of those combined.  Continue reading


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Lessons from a Day of Infamy

Pearl-HarborTomorrow it will be 71 years ago that early on Sunday morning  Japan attacked our naval and air base at Pearl Harbor. It was a surprise and unprovoked attack that propelled the USA into World War II.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it “a date that will live in infamy.” On this anniversary of Pearl Harbor there are several thoughts with spiritual applications that come to mind. Continue reading


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Devices Designed By The Devil

In a recent post on the mannaman’s blog, Dave Lewis, shares a great story from the movie Patton.  George C. Scott plays the controversial and eccentric General George S. Patton. The scene that David describes is early in the war and the movie. Continue reading


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