• Staying in Step

    | Feb 16, 2019
    Better than any other word I can think of, change describes our world. Vast, sweeping changes, especially in the last 150 years. Simply to survive requires adjusting.
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  • The Pale Horse

    | Feb 15, 2019
    The path of the pale horse named Death, mentioned in Revelation 6:8, is littered with bitterness, sorrow, fear, and grief. This ashen stallion started his lengthy journey ages ago and races through time with steady beat.
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  • Defying the Odds

    | Feb 14, 2019
    Reader alert: [I wrote this back when Lenny Dykstra was playing for the Mets. But the truth still applies.] No offense, but Lenny Dykstra doesn't look like much of an athlete. He looks more like some team's mascot.
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  • Whatever Happened to Him?

    | Feb 13, 2019
    For years we Americans have been hung up on records and statistics—particularly in the world of sports. They have become the standards for greatness. What's really amazing is that once "unreachable" world records now seem reachable.
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  • Storms

    | Feb 12, 2019
    Blow that layer of dust off the Book of Nahum in your Bible and catch a glimpse of the last part of verse three, chapter one: "The way of the Lord is in the whirlwind and in the storm" (Berkeley Version).
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  • Winning Discipline

    | Feb 11, 2019
    Discipline is one of the most hated terms of our times . . . right alongside patience and self-control. But have you noticed how often it comes up in the testimonies of those who win?
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  • Making Melody

    | Feb 09, 2019
    God's sharp sword stabbed me deeply recently as I was on a scriptural hunt in the Ephesian letter. I was searching for a verse totally unrelated to the one that sliced its way into me.
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  • A Cheerful Heart

    | Feb 08, 2019
    Earthquakes! Prison riots! Economic pressures! Divorce! No jobs! Drugs! Disease! Death! Pretty serious scene, isn't it? Yet that is the emotional environment in which we live. No wonder someone has dubbed this the "aspirin age."
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  • The Blame Game

    | Feb 07, 2019
    Are you old enough to remember comedian Flip Wilson's old line, "The devil made me do it"? Here was this character who had obviously done something bad. But instead of taking the blame, he pointed an accusing finger at "the devil."
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  • Hypocrisy's Hidden Horrors

    | Feb 06, 2019
    In his November 11, 1942, report on the war to the British House of Commons, Winston Churchill referred to "the soft underbelly of the Axis."
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  • Compassion in Slow Motion

    | Feb 05, 2019
    The timing is as critical as the involvement. You don't just force your way in. Even if you've got the stuff that's needed . . . even if you hold the piece perfectly shaped to fit the other person's missing part of the puzzle.
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  • A Month for Love

    | Feb 04, 2019
    It is February. Overcast, chilly, bleak-and-barren February. If you're not into skiing the slopes, skating on ice, or singin' in the rain, there's not a lot outside to excite you.
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  • Satanic Rip-Off

    | Feb 03, 2019
    A basketball fan at the Portland airport awaited the arrival of the Trailblazers following a victory over the Lakers and attempted to scalp a couple of tickets to the next game.
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  • Never the Same

    | Feb 02, 2019
    "Nathan then said to David, 'You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, "It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. I also gave you your master's house . . ."'"
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  • What about Fidelity?

    | Feb 01, 2019
    I remember returning from our nation's capital where I was privileged to spend time with many of the highest ranking officers in the military. . . . Many of these men and women are magnificent models of strong Christian commitment.
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  • The Physical Body

    | Jan 31, 2019
    Volumes are written about the mind, our emotional makeup, our "inner man," the soul, the spirit and the spiritual dimension. But by comparison, very little is being said by evangelicals today about the physical body.
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  • Why Drop Everything?

    | Jan 30, 2019
    Why should we be willing to drop everything and follow Jesus Christ? And what happens when we do? I can think of at least six reasons.
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  • Deep-Water Faith

    | Jan 29, 2019
    Edith, a mother of eight, came home from a neighbor's house one afternoon and noticed that things seemed a little too quiet. Curious, she peered through the screen door and saw five of her children huddled together.
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  • Wanted: Thinkers

    | Jan 28, 2019
    Entertainment is everything today. So important, in fact, that we have television programs and magazines devoted solely to the subject. All of which makes it real difficult to be committed to substance rather than the superficial.
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  • Expect the Unexpected

    | Jan 27, 2019
    Most folks I know like things to stay as they are. You've heard all the sayings that reveal our preference for the familiar: Leave well enough alone. I don't like surprises. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Stay with a sure thing.
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