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VBS: Facing fear, trusting Go

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What are you most afraid of? Heights? Failure? Riding over long bridges? Who was it that sang “I don’t like spiders and snakes ...”?

I read this week that psychologists have identified 628 kinds of phobias. For instance, achluophobia is fear of darkness; bathmophobia is fear of stairs or steep slopes; belonephobia is fear of pins and needles; cacophobia is fear of ugliness; amnesiphobia is fear of ... I can’t remember that one. Mageirocophobia is fear of cooking. The list goes on and on. Read More»

Ten things I love about my mother

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Tony Campolo’s homemaker wife attended a faculty gathering at the University of Pennsylvania with her professor husband. A sociologist asked her, “What do you do, my dear?”

Her reply? “I am socializing two homo sapiens in the dominant values of the Judeo-Christian tradition in order that they might be instruments for the transformation of the social order into the teleologically prescribed utopia inherent in the eschaton.”

In other words, “I’m a mother, and a pretty good one at that!” Read More»

Age is just a number

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Last week, I presided over the funeral of a 96-year-old lady. She was a remarkable woman who graduated from hospice twice. The first time she willed herself out, she told her daughters, “I’m not going to die, I’m going home.” And she did.

Shortly after that, she walked in Southwest Christian Hospice’s 5K and raised the second-highest amount of money. Two days before falling and breaking some ribs, she had been on her treadmill and exercise bike.

When I visited her in the hospital, I asked, “Don’t you want to make it to 100? You’re so close.”
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Honesty still exists today

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Maybe you missed the amazing story of Lindsey Scallan’s lost camera. I first saw it on Facebook on Palm Sunday when someone posted a Hawaii television station’s story about the hunt for the young lady who, six years earlier, had been vacationing and scuba diving in Hawaii. Read More»

Where is the wonder of Easter?

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I’ve not yet made it to the Grand Canyon, but it’s on my list of places to see before I “kick the bucket.” I understand it’s a place of awe that takes your breath away. Read More»

Are we the walking dead?

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AMC cable network claims that “The Walking Dead” is the most watched drama in basic cable TV history. Filmed in nearby Senoia, each episode features sheriff Rick Grimes and his band of survivors seeking refuge in a dreary post-apocalyptic world. Weekly they fight zombies who roam the earth, yet they also face danger from the living. These survivors have become the walking dead.

Jesus presented some hard-hitting messages to the seven churches of The Revelation. In His letter to the church at Sardis, Jesus told these believers they were dead, a church of Zombies. Read More»

Revive us again! We need it!

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Have you ever thought about why a pigeon walks so awkwardly? In a devotional reading in Our Daily Bread, Martin De Haan shared that a pigeon’s eyes cannot focus as it moves, so the bird actually has to bring its head to a complete stop between steps in order to refocus. It proceeds clumsily — head forward, stop, head back. Read More»

Valentine’s Day great chance to put love into action

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Pastor Gerald Harris was working on a sermon on love. With sermon preparation on his mind, Harris stopped by a Waffle House. As he sat there with his coffee, an elderly couple drove up in a pickup truck. They came into the restaurant and sat near him. Read More»

Are you winning over worry?

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They say baseball is America’s national pasttime. Forget baseball. I think it’s worry. We worry so much and seem to enjoy it; surely there’s some good in the practice of worry.

However, Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount prohibited worry (Matthew 6:25-34). Worry is a useless, unproductive activity that wastes time and energy, divides our focus, causes physical harm, and stunts our spiritual growth. Worry is a joy stealer.

The bottom line is, worry is a sin that demonstrates a low trust in God. If Jesus prohibits something and we do it, it’s disobedience. Read More»

For the new year,take the ‘Love Life’ check-up

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I was thinking recently about when I was falling in love with my wife. Roughly 33 years ago, we were dating and falling head over heels in love. But we were four hours apart. We wrote each other every day.

I was working on the staff of a Baptist college in South Georgia, and I couldn’t wait until lunchtime to walk over and check my mail box. Often, there was a letter there from Amy. I also dropped one in the mail. Read More»

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