• By Pastor Steve Ellison
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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.…

  • By Dale Lilly
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‘Women have the advantage over men in that when things go wrong we can throw a hissy fit and bawl for a while. It makes everything a little better. ’

  • By Robert St. John
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When my wife meets people at one of my book signings or speeches, they say things such as, “Your husband is so funny, I’ll bet he keeps the whole family in stitches.”

  • By Robert St. John
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The restaurant business is a cruel mistress. She has swallowed and spit out more entrepreneurial dreamers than anyone cares to count. Professional foodservice can be a merciless line of work. I have survived over 38 years — 30 as an owner — due to a large amount of luck, good timing, willing…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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Throughout the Bible, God asks many questions of individuals and of whole groups of people. We can learn a great deal by examining those questions and formulating our own answers. It would be wise to remember just exactly who it is that we are answering. The Bible is very clear that God sees…

  • By Robert St. John
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As we age our vocabulary grows deeper and more advanced. There are words I use today that were never in my lexicon in my youth. “Lexicon” would be a prime example.

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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Verses 15-23 of Proverbs chapter 5 contain a series of related questions dealing with the issue of marital faithfulness.  Really they are all part of the same question.  The question is asked in three different ways in verses 16 and 20. In 17-19, God answers the question for us and gives us …

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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Proverbs 8 is a familiar passage to most people who take their Bible study seriously.  It provides some wonderful insight into wisdom: what it is, its call, its virtues, its worth, its availability, and its rewards. Many have argued with good reason that Proverbs 8 also uses a personificatio…

  • By Steve Ellison
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As Solomon was assuming the throne after David’s death, the Lord directed Solomon to make a request of Him.  Solomon asked for wisdom.  God was happy to grant this request.  Late in his reign, Solomon wrote many wise sayings which are published in the book of Proverbs.   Not all of Proverbs …

  • By Dale Lilly
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‘Plastic surgery can’t make you younger or more beautiful, because beauty is in your eyes, isn’t it? It’s in your soul; you can’t strap it on.’

  • By Robert St. John
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Not only is king cake good, king cake is wildly popular in this part of the world. It’s true there are king-cake haters out there. I know a few. But my theory when it comes to king-cake haters is that they have never eaten a really good king cake.

  • By Dale Lilly
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‘I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days’

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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The history of God’s people was a sad tale.  Their behavior continually cycled. But it seemed to always wind up worse than the previous cycle.  Soon after Solomon’s death, the nation split into two kingdoms. Not long after the split, the idolatry of the northern kingdom (Israel) became so ba…

  • By Dale Lilly
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‘There’s something wrong with a mother who washes out a measuring cup with soap and water after she’s only measured water in  it.’

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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On the evening before His crucifixion, Jesus unloaded fantastic theological truths one after another on His disciples. The account of the evening is found in John 13-17.  One such truth, revealed in several ways imbedded in this passage, is the fact that He is deity.  One of the ways is foun…

  • By Robert St. John
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A friend recently told me that he was moving to the Point Clear/Fairhope/Daphne, Ala. area. Upon hearing this I expressed my regret that he would no longer be living in town, immediately followed by the standard plea that I issue to everyone I know who moves to the Point Clear/Fairhope/Daphn…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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God granted an extremely rare privilege to Moses in Exodus 34:6-7, “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniqu…

  • By Dale Lilly
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I’m so lucky.

  • By Dale Lilly
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Yeah, I broke my foot. Strictly speaking, one of the metatarsal bones. I dropped that in ‘cause I knew you would want to know all the details of my weekend from the wild side.

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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The book of Micah is a marvelous book.  Few passages of Scripture are better known than Micah 6:8 which adorns the alcove of religion in the reading room of the Library of Congress, “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you; But to do justice, to love kindn…

  • By Robert St. John
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My wife and I were dining with friends and the conversation —  as it often does in my world — turned to “restaurants.” The discussion was spirited. Everyone was naming favorites and giving opinions on them. Someone mentioned one particular restaurant, and the rapid-fire banter came to a halt…

  • By Robert St. John
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Someone once said that the four seasons in Mississippi are: Almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas. Others named the four Mississippi seasons as: Dove season, deer season, duck season, and turkey season.

  • By Dale Lilly
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Everything that tastes good is going to hasten my demise. At the very least, it’s going to inflate the lower backside of my frontside.

  • By Dale Lilly
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Everything that tastes good is going to hasten my demise. At the very least, it’s going to inflate the lower backside of my frontside.

  • By Robert St. John
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The items we assign “value” to tend to change throughout our lives.In 1987, I was 26-years old and had just opened our first restaurant. My dream at that time was to one day own a restaurant in Aspen, Colo. and a restaurant in Destin, Fla. The idea was that the seasons are so opposite that I…

  • By Dale Lilly
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Did you eat black-eyed peas and hog jowl on New Year’s Day?

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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Most societies around the world attach at least some significance to the changing of the calendar from one year to the next.  Here in the U.S. we celebrate the changing of the calendar by watching football, putting on feasts, throwing parties, and making resolutions to improve ourselves in s…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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One of the greatest of all mysteries is the eternal, omnipotent, and omnipresent God voluntarily subjecting Himself to the limitations of time, space, and the flesh. The Second Person of the Godhead, the agent and sustainer of creation, came to live in creation, as one of the creatures. How …

  • By Dale Lilly
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A mind is a terrible thing to waste. I ponder on things that most people won’t spend their valuable time on. For instance, take movies. Is it hard for the loved ones of an actor who has passed on to sit and watch his old movies? Seems to me that would be a bitter-sweet pill to have to swallow.

  • By Dale Lilly
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We’ve come a long way, Baby!

  • By Pastor Steve Ellington
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Two thousand years ago faithful Jews were looking in anticipation for the promised Messiah, but I imagine most had grown weary and were totally wrapped up in their own lives, especially surviving. After all, it had been about 400 years since they had heard from the Lord. When Jesus was born …

  • By Dale Lilly
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Marriage will change you — really, it’s a proven fact.

  • by Pastor Steve Ellison
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Long before “Red Letter Christianity” became a catch-phrase or a movement, I was uncomfortable with the concept of having some words of the Bible in a different color than others. To the best of my recollection, I first selected and purchased a Bible of my own using my own money was about 19…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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Many people have referred to a recently coined term “thanksliving” in both secular and sacred ways.  With the Thanksgiving holiday recently passed, now would be a good time to examine our everyday lives to see if they reflect an attitude of gratefulness to our Creator. Second Timothy 3:2-5 r…

  • By Dale Dilly
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Another year bites the dust. It’s been good — most of the time. There have been some ups and downs health-wise. See, I get weird things wrong with me. I’m talking weird. Stuff that normal people don’t deal with. That’s me — not too normal.

  • By Robert St. John
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I don’t believe in past lives or reincarnation, but if I did I would imagine several of my former selves lived in this area of Italy. The first time I ever set a foot on the soil of this part of Tuscany I felt at home. There was an instant connection and, what I imagined would be a, life-lon…

  • By Pastor Steve Ellison
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The Old and New Testaments alike condemn theft and thieves. We are commanded not to steal in Exodus 20:15, Deuteronomy 5:19, and Leviticus 19:11.  Proverbs 30:8-9 provides some sobering commentary on stealing, “Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me …

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