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The church at Rome in the first century and your church in 2017 both have a problem.  Both have people who are confused about what is really important.  Both have people who have no idea how much damage they are doing to their church. Both have people who make terrible choices for very self-…

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We have dead churches all over the world, or at least the part I am familiar with.  These churches are not dead primarily because of incorrect doctrine, apathy, lack of enthusiasm, lack of service, etc.  Those are all symptoms of the real problem.  The real problem is that there are too many…

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The first two chapters of Colossians are written so that we might see Jesus more clearly.  The last two chapters of Colossians are written so that we might be able to examine ourselves to see if we have indeed seen the Savior as He is. Chapters three and four test us to see if our character …

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  • By Pastor Steve Elllison
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Searching the Scriptures is a commendable work.  Acts 17:11 praises the Bereans, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (NASU)  We need to remember tha…

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Oh, the questions God asks!  He really is the Master Teacher.  Nowhere else can one find such amazing insights into human behavior.  Proverbs 29:20 says, “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”  (NASU)   It is easy to see the obvious truth in…

  • By Dale Lilly
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When I was growing up my grandmother had an “old maid” cousin. Now wait a minute. I know that’s not politically correct but my grandmother said she was an old maid and this was in an altogether different society than what we occupy now. Besides, Miss Bessie would tell anyone who listened tha…

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Oh, the questions God asks. Proverbs 27:4 says, “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?” (NKJV)  The verse describes two different individuals. Neither is right.  Each is guilty of wrong attitudes and almost certainly guilty of wrong actions.  By the wa…

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There is an old Jewish saying, “Two men argued over a cow.  One pulled on its head and one pulled on its tale, while it was being milked by a lawyer.”   We have an epidemic in the United States.  Unnecessary lawsuits are paralyzing this country.  Not only are court dockets tied up at every l…

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Just when you thought the country was going to hades in a handbasket because of drug and alcohol addiction, up crops another malady — Facebook Addiction Disorder.

  • By Robert St. John
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To live 90 minutes away from one of the top restaurant cities in the world is an embarrassment of riches for a restaurateur/food writer/food lover. It would be as if Bruce Springsteen lived next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, or if Joe Montana lived a hop, skip, and a l…

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July 4th is a lot of fun and a timely reminder about the freedoms we enjoy in the United States.  It also provides an opportunity to remind ourselves of a much more important freedom.  Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would come “To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind …

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In Proverbs 24:21-22, God presents a question that is hard on most of us and particularly hard on me.  “Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious, for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?” (NIV)  

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In Proverbs 24, God asks you and me a very significant difficult to answer question with eternal consequences.  We should consider our answer very carefully. We also ought to understand that our answers are not given so much by our words but with our future actions.  Proverbs 24:11-12, “Resc…

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In Proverbs 22:20-21, God makes a significant statement while asking an equally significant question.  God asks, “Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may correctly answer him who sent you?” (NASU)  

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God asked a very good question in Proverbs 20:9, “Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’?” (NIV)  The rest of the Bible makes it clear that all have sinned, everyone has missed the mark, no human is good; our righteousness is as filthy rags. So, clearly, the exp…

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‘If you don’t do a lot of stupid things while you’re young, you won’t have funny things to talk about when you’re old.  ’

  • By Robert St. John
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I dreamed of travelling as a kid. My parents purchased a set of World Book encyclopedias when I was about four-years old, and — for more than a decade — that was my conduit to other parts of the globe. I dreamed of far-off exotic lands and what they must be like, the people, the animals, the food.

  • By Dale Lilly The Gilded Lilly
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Editor’s Note: I have once again had a request to tell the story about crime and punishment and two young whipper-snapper tomboy girls who lived to regret the sin that only two little twits can conjure up. It happened to me and my BFF. The trick is — if you’re gonna do it — don’t get caught.…

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