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    Truth, Please

    The lead story in the June 2017 National Geographic magazine was titled “Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways.”  The byline read, “Honesty may be the best policy, but scheming and dishonesty are part of what makes us human.” I admit that the title surprised me. It seems...

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    Instrument of Grace

    When I first met her, she was already losing the winsome spirit that had influenced several people to come to the Lord and to the church. It was after the special service and she came past shaking hands. She had to say what she thought was going wrong with the...

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    Cross Glory

    A half century ago, A.W. Tozer warned that the church was abandoning the old rugged cross for a modern smooth cross. Instead of a cross that killed the man, Tozer warned of a cross that accommodated him. “The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears...

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    If It Be Possible

    As a young man, Dostoevsky, the Russian writer, was imprisoned. The day came when he was taken along with others to be executed. After listening to the crimes they were accused of, they were lined up to be shot. At that moment, a man came with the message that the...

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    Why Preach the Gospel?

    Paul the Apostle answered the question by saying, “I am debtor.” Someone had proclaimed the good news of salvation to him, so he felt compelled to tell others. It should be the same with us. As a college student in the 1960’s I realized that although others may have had...

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    I Believe Genesis

    Genesis is the first book in the Bible, the word of God. The Bible says that “every word of God is pure.” It proves true, or is flawless. Every word. There are no flaws in the Bible thus there are no flaws in Genesis. It is a record of what...

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    Better Things

    Grace is greater than sin.  He was a serial killer, responsible for the deaths of at least twenty-eight women. He was finally apprehended, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Was he a sinner? No question. He had been involved in hard core porn and then he acted out what he...

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    Victory of the Broken Heart

    It’s a wonderful thing how plastic surgeons can work on people who have extreme disfigurements to their faces and after surgeries have them looking rather nice. Some before and after pictures show changes that are truly amazing. Some of these doctors with Christian charity go to third world countries and...

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    What About Faith?

    Buryats are tribal people, some of whom live in Siberia just north of Mongolia. A significant number of them are Buddhists.  When my brothers and I visited that area of Russia in the early 1990’s we toured one of their shrines. We watched as the faithful would come into their...

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    Accepted

    Two news stories in the last couple days leave one not knowing whether to laugh or cry. One has to do with the up and coming practice of sologamy. You have heard of polygamy, where one person marries more than one other person. Moslem men may marry as many as...