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Word of the Week: Self-Control

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb to the peak and conquer Mount Everest was once asked by an interviewer about his passion for mountain climbing. To which he offered this insightful reply. “It’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.”

Hillary’s response is reminiscent of a quote by the 17th-century Russian monarch Peter the Great who once lamented, “I have been able to conquer an empire, but I have not been able to conquer myself.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Faith

“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe,” once wrote the 4th-century theologian Augustine.

This reminds me of an unknown author who expressed it this way: “Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.”

In our cynical, secular, irreligious, and immoral culture, we need a renewal of faith.

But what kind of faith? Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Discipline

Tonight the #1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks play the #8 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

It’s the culmination and climax of March Madness, one of the most exciting times of the year for all basketball fans.

Even though my bracket is shredded, I will predict the winner of tonight’s game. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Renew

Kenneth Cober was a 20th-century hymnist who wrote a hymn in 1960 entitled, “Renew Thy Church,” In recent years, some songbooks have adapted the hymn. The first verse goes like this.

Renew your church, our ministries restore:
both to serve and adore.
Make us again as salt throughout the land,
and as light from a stand.
‘Mid somber shadows of the night,
where greed and hatreds spread their blight,
O send us forth with power endued,
help us, Lord, be renewed.

Our word of the week, “renew,” will serve as our preaching and writing theme for 2022. Continue reading

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