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Times are changing, but God doesn’t change

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Back-to-school means the release of the annual “Mindset List.” Each August, Benoit College in Wisconsin releases this list that has provided a summary of how 18-year-olds view the world. Think about what was normal when you were 18, and the statements on the list are representative of what’s normal to them.

Authors Tom McBride and Ron Nief wrote that “the list is compiled to identify both the common ground that teachers and students share, and the mine fields of misunderstanding that seem to grow wider with every forgotten Cold War reference or John Denver lyric.” Read More»

Hey, parents, we’re not perfect, but it’s never too late to do better

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We were still sitting at the Sunday dinner table, hosting a missionary couple who had shared in worship that morning. Three of my kids filled them in on upcoming plans and adventures. One daughter was about to leave for Africa, and these folks had previously served in Africa. Another was sharing about her pursuit of her school counseling certification and her internship in an elementary school. My son was filling them in on his upcoming wedding. Read More»

‘Eat Mor Chick’n’ on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day August 1

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I was out of town on vacation two weeks ago when the news hit about Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s clarification on the company’s stand on biblical marriage.

“Guilty as charged,” he was quoted as saying when asked about his corporation’s support of traditional, biblical marriage.

In an interview published in Baptist Press dated July 16, Cathy said his company is “very much supporting of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.” Read More»

Your kindness makes a tremendous impact

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The Bible says, “Be kind to one another” (Eph. 4:32), yet kindness is often the exception rather than the rule. Let kindness rule, and the kind words you say and the kind deeds you do may start a chain reaction. You never know how your acts of kindness can impact others. Read More»

On this Independence Day, are we practicing our independence?

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Last November, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a resolution “reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States.” The next day, President Obama responded, “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney commented, “I believe that phrase in the Bible is ‘the Lord helps those who help themselves.’” (www.denisonforum.org, 11/3/11). Read More»

Communications guide just in time for summer vacation

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A wife returned home from work and found her husband sitting in his favorite chair reading the paper. After rummaging around in the kitchen for awhile, she said, “Honey, I read today that men speak 2,000 words a day and women speak 4,000 words each day.

Preoccupied with the paper, he muttered, “Uh-huh, I wonder why that is?”

After a pause, she said, “I guess it’s due to the fact that women have to repeat everything twice to their husbands.”

The husband responded, predictably, “What did you say?” Read More»

God’s heart breaks over our moral demise

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What a month it’s been for the gay agenda. Vice President Joe Biden propelled gay marriage into the presidential campaign by stating on “Meet the Press” that he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”

Later that week, President Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts that he thinks “same sex couples should be able to marry.” Read More»

‘He who finds a good wife finds a good thing ...’

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Wedding bells are ringing. I’ve had the privilege of officiating two weddings in recent weeks and attending a third. We have a wedding on the horizon in our family. My son got engaged in February to a beautiful young lady that he met at Georgia College and State University. They are set to be married in September.

My wife and I just celebrated our 32nd anniversary. I will never forget the moment I met Amy. We were both very involved in Baptist Student Union, now known as BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) at our respective colleges. She was in Atlanta, and I was in Statesboro. Read More»

Wise mothers have a way with words

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Two young children were talking with each other about “parent problems.” One complained, “First, they teach you to talk, then they teach you to walk, and as soon as you get good at talking and walking, then they tell you to sit down and be quiet.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for what my mom taught me. I was blessed to be raised in a good home with dedicated parents and am still blessed to have my mother. She has her aches and pains, but still does well as she approaches 85. Read More»

Vacation Bible School is right around the corner

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May’s approaching means the school year is almost over and churches across the county are preparing for Vacation Bible School. This concentrated time of Bible study, activity, music, crafts, recreation, refreshments and fun for children and students usually is held during a week of “summer vacation.” Times have changed and people take vacations throughout the year these days, so the emphasis should be called “Summer Bible School,” but Vacation Bible School, or VBS, is the traditional name. Read More»

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