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Word of the Week: Refuge

In the Old Testament, when Israel conquered, divided and possessed the land of Canaan, God designated six special cities called the “Cities of Refuge.”

These cities were a place of safety for the man who accidentally killed another person. It was a place where he could flee and find protection from “the avenger of blood.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Calm

Yesterday in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced the government is extending the social distancing guidelines until April 30th. In essence the country continues to be closed.

The President’s health experts warned that no area of the country is going to be spared from the effects of COVID-19. If the predictions are accurate the outbreak of the virus and those dying as a result will not peak for another two weeks.

All of this raises questions in the minds of many Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Prudence

When George H.W. Bush was President, comedian Dana Carvey made a living by imitating Bush on Saturday Night Live. As he spoofed the President, Carvey made popular the phrase: “Wouldn’t be prudent!”

While the President could have become irritated and resentful of Carvey, Bush demonstrated prudence by inviting Carvey and his wife to the White House. Apparently the two became good friends and dispelled any rumors that Bush held a grudge against Carvey. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Enlightenment

The 18th century, French Philosopher, Voltaire, was a prolific writer, known for his wit and biting criticism of Christianity. He believed in “reason.” And thought there was no need for God.

Voltaire once wrote, “If in the market of Paris, before the eyes of a thousand men and before my own eyes, a miracle should be performed, I would much rather disbelieve the two thousand eyes and my own two, than believe it.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Doer

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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Word of the Week: Correction

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism,” once quipped the late Norman Vincent Peale, who was known for his classic “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

Even Peale realized that positive thinking and perpetual praise it is not enough. There are times in our lives when we all need to make changes. Modify our behavior. And make correction in the direction our life is taking. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Brotherhood

Yesterday Norma Jean and I worshiped with the brethren at the Valrico church where I taught the Bible class and preached at the morning service.

It was wonderful to return to a church we’ve visited many times in the past and held meetings. I remember when the church began. My parents were a part of the original group when the church was planted. Several of those brethren are still there. Continue reading

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