Bible verses on my grandfather’s knee

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My grandfather was a self-appointed Baptist preacher who had little more than a third grade education. Practically illiterate, Papaw derived his theology mostly from Bible verses he had memorized and from the texts of many well-beloved hymns. Unfortunately, this often meant he used Scripture verses out of context and not always in a kind way. [ keep reading ]

Happy holidays: Make it more intentional this year

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So many people I talk to say they are yearning for more meaning and purpose in their holiday seasons. As soon as they start hearing “Happy Holidays,” they stress. For most Christians, the highlight of this season is Christmas. However, most people relegate it to just one day when, in fact, it is an entire [ keep reading ]

There is no Mrs. Santa Claus (Spoiler alert)

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Apologies first to all fans of The Santa Clause II, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other holiday favorites. However, if you are the kind who likes your Christmas traditions to have some element of truth, the character of Mrs. Santa Claus in these movies may make you feel uncomfortable. [ keep reading ]

Is Christmas hard because you lost someone?

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Next week, Thanksgiving 2019 will kickoff a brand new holiday season. As a Christian, it’s a special time of year for me. I’ve always believed that a grateful heart is a joyful heart, and my mother taught me that, if I have God and family, I have everything. Many of us have lost loved ones, [ keep reading ]

Advent: Don’t rush the wait

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I am not a patient person, and I don’t like to wait. I walk fast, read fast, even eat fast. Sometimes this is a gift, and I am able to accomplish more than most. Other times, however, I miss something very important. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a perfect opportunity to get caught [ keep reading ]

Kanye West: Friend or foe of Jesus Christ?

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There are a few topics that tend to incite debate, and Christianity is definitely one of them. Even within the Christian community itself, you might find numerous interpretations and belief systems regarding the general tenets and truths of believers. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World, other people, especially fellow [ keep reading ]

Letting God choose family size: I don’t regret it

letting God choose family size, family walking

You never know what you’ll wind up talking about as you wait for cross country runners to come out of the woods and sprint toward the finish line. I’ve been attending meets for nearly 10 years now, and the topics of conversation some parents choose catch me off-guard. For instance, I never expected that another [ keep reading ]

Financial regrets paralyze most of us

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The fact that everyone has financial regrets does not comfort me. I know there are closets in every house where clothes hang with the tags still attached, their owners pushing them to the back saying, “Why did I buy that? I’ll never wear it.” Apparently most Americans have similar regrets. We bought a dog once. [ keep reading ]

Judge Not: So much easier to say

Judge not; easier to say

The Bible contains many pearls of wisdom for living a God-centered life. Unfortunately, over time, many of the verses have been twisted to fit our own perspective and purposes. One of the most often-quoted is from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 7, Verses 1 and 2: Judge not least ye be judged. Though there are [ keep reading ]

Working out, body and soul: A guide for praying always

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Everyone knows the importance of regular exercise. Working out keeps you trim and toned. It also strengthens your heart and lungs and builds endurance. We are both physical and spiritual creatures. Working out the body won’t do us much good if we neglect the health and strength of our souls. Here is a daily workout [ keep reading ]

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