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    When Love is Hate

    The latest experiment in free speech on campus didn’t work out well at Vermont’s Middlebury College where a speaker was shouted down and physically accosted because his subject matter was not in the zone of the acceptable. “Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Charles Murray, go away” shouted the students. They followed up...

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    A Message to Some Special People

    Included in my daily prayer list is a special group of people. These are those who have been brought up by godly parents, who have heard the gospel from a young age, many of whom have even at one time made a profession of faith. But they are for one...

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    Faith Walk

    Charles Miley said of his walk with Christ in the garden, that “the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.” I have wondered about that and then realized that each person who lives by faith has a unique relationship with the Lord. For example, when...

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    Is Jesus Safe?

    There is an idea making its rounds among many people about Jesus. They make Him out to be a sixties hippie peace and love type who would never hurt any one’s feelings. In my observation of their Jesus concept, He is the ultimate safe space for everything from alternate music...

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    Where is God When Things Don’t Work Out?

    This past week I received questions from someone who expressed great disillusionment. His personal life is marked by depression. His wife did not turn out to be what he thought she would be. His child had major problems and is in prison. He thinks God does not care about Christians...

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    Heaven’s Choir of Tiny Voices: “Tell Mother I am Here”

    When he learned that his mother was ill, President William McKinley had a telegraph installed between Washington and the town where she lived so that he could keep in close contact with her. When he heard that she was dying, he sent the message, “Tell Mother I’ll be there.” Charles...

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    Hurting Love

    The old man’s heart was about to break. In what should have been his golden years he felt like he was in a dark dungeon. The light had gone out of his life. And it was all because of her. When she was just a wee thing whom no one...

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    Shooting Arrows

    According to the Archery Trade Association, 21.6 million Americans participated in bow shooting in 2014. That’s a lot of arrows being sent toward a target. That number does not include people like me who once were archers but for some reason can no longer take part in the sport. The...

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    Word Matters

    Word Matters Sheldon Vanauken wrote a book he titled “A Severe Mercy.” His point was that sometimes God uses painful things to get our attention. In his case, it was his straying heart that God arrested by the pain he experienced in the illness and death of his wife. The...

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    One Message

    After the Christmas Eve service we attended in Virginia, my brother-in-law asked a fair question, “When the preacher was speaking, were you critiquing him? I wondered about that since you have been a minister.”  I admitted that, yes, I had in some ways critiqued the sermon.  What I noted was...