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New Year great time to setgoals for personal growth

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Someone said, “Age is a state of mind.” If age is a state of mind, then why does my back go out?

Someone else said, “You’re as young as you feel.” Some days all we feel are our aches and pains, but, hey, don’t dwell on it.

How old are you? Joel Smith suggests an “age barometer” that helps us tell how old we are by tabulating how many changes we’ve lived through. Give yourself one point for each item you remember:

• Blackjack chewing gum

• Wax, coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water

• Candy cigarettes

• Drink machines that dispensed from the top Read More»

Dealing with grief at Christmas

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Amid the joy of Christmas, there is another side to the Christmas story that is often overlooked. Not everyone was thrilled to learn of the coming of the long-awaited Messiah, especially King Herod, who could not stand the thought of anyone competing for his throne.

Feeling threatened, Herod ordered a massacre of all baby boys under age two. Among the sounds of that first Christmas were soldiers’ threats, baby’s cries, and young mothers wailing in desperation as grief collided with the good news of Christmas. Read More»

The power of a name:The ABCs of Jesus

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The power of a name:The ABCs of Jesus

Several years ago, some members of our Sunday School class were having trouble choosing a girl’s name for their soon-to-be-born first child. They were driving through the north side of Atlanta one afternoon and passed “Melody Lane” and said, “That’s it!”

The baby was a she and her name became Melody Lane. Thank goodness they didn’t pass Honeysuckle Circle.      
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Are you giving thanks, or living thanks?

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The day before Thanksgiving, an elderly gentleman in Phoenix called his son in New York and said, “Son, I hate to ruin your day, but I have some news for you. Your mother and I are divorcing. Forty-five years of misery is enough, so call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son called his sister, told her the news, and she exploded on the phone: “Getting a divorce? What are they thinking? I’ll take care of this right now!” Read More»

What is your life known for?

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Former Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow is outspoken about his faith in Jesus Christ. Whether wearing scripture verses such as John 3:16 and Philippians 4:13 under his eyes or “taking a knee” for a moment of prayer in the middle of a touchdown celebration, the former Heisman Trophy winner is unashamed.

Tebow now plays for the Denver Broncos, and, suddenly his prayer moment has become the latest internet sensation.

It started just two weeks ago when Broncos fan Jared Kleinstein, a Denver native who now lives in New York, was watching the Denver game with friends at a bar. Read More»

Choosing to live life

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A minister was asked to do the funeral for a real rascal. A man approached him and said, “I know my brother was a lying, drunken cheat who ran around on his wife and never amounted to anything. But you will refer to him as a saint.” That was a tough assignment! The pastor knew both men were lying, drunken cheats. In fact, younger brother had a worse reputation than older brother.

Funeral time came, and the pastor decided to shoot straight. He said, “We all know this man was a horrible, no good, miserable low-life, but compared to his brother sitting over there, he was a saint!” Read More»

Great marriages are still possible when Christ is at the center

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Last week, I shared with our Wednesday night group that I was returning to our First Peter sermon series on Sunday, and that we’d be looking in chapter three at Peter’s instructions to wives.

The husbands perked up, chuckled and said, “All right!”

Then I said, “Wait a minute. Technically, it’s Peter’s instructions to wives with difficult husbands.”

The wives liked that one and the husbands groaned as one lady commented, “That’s every wife.”

So husbands can be difficult, huh? What about wives? Read More»

Grady Avenue roundabout reveals need for refresher on meaning of ‘yield’

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Have you noticed how many drivers would benefit from a refresher course in driver’s education? How some of these folks get a license and keep a license is beyond me.

Several years ago, my mom was riding with her sister when they approached an intersection with a green light. Ruby came to a complete stop in Macon traffic.

“Ruby, why are we stopping? The light’s green,” my mom said.

Ruby replied, “Well, it’s about to turn red.” And a few seconds later, it did. Read More»

Where were you when the towers fell? One man’s experience on 9/11

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Tuesday morning is major study time for me as I prepare for next Sunday’s message. On September 11, 2001, I was busy writing when our secretary rang me and said, “An airplane just crashed into the World Trade Center.”

I immediately turned the radio on and tuned into breaking news. Drawn into the news coverage, I totally lost my focus. When the second tower was hit, I had this sudden sense that I needed to go home and be with my wife. When I got home, she had no idea what was happening.

I turned on the TV, and said, “Our nation is being attacked.” Read More»

Twelve reasons we don’t get more done

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I heard about a man who visited Uncertain, Texas, population 273. I don’t know whether Uncertain is near Muleshoe and Lazboddie, or closer to North Zulch and Dime Box. This poor man had car trouble and found himself stranded in a small, unfamiliar place. The people were friendly enough, but he became frustrated with them rather quickly. Every time he asked someone where he was, they would answer, “Uncertain.” After several “Uncertain” replies, he threw his arms up in the air and screamed, “Doesn’t anybody in this town know where they are?” Read More»

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