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Monumental moments: Where were you when . . .?

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The 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron setting a new major league baseball home run record was yesterday. The Atlanta Braves are celebrating the milestone this season by wearing a special patch carrying “715,” Aaron’s autograph, and a “40th Anniversary” banner. They were scheduled to honor him last night in ceremonies at Turner Field.

I was a teenage Braves fan who listened to as many games as possible. I listened, because few Braves games were televised then. Ted Turner wouldn’t start broadcasting Braves games on his Superstation until 1977. Read More»

The rewards of heaven await the faithful believer

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A minister died and was waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him was a guy wearing sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans. St. Peter addressed the guy, “Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you into the Kingdom of Heaven?”

The guy said, “I’m Joe, the taxi driver in New York City.” Peter consulted his list, smiled and said, “Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the kingdom of heaven.” Joe the taxi driver went into heaven with his robe and staff, and Peter turned to the minister. Read More»

One letter can make a big difference

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It’s not that hard. It’s Chance with a “y.” Chancey. Not Chaney. Not Chancy. Not Chauncey. Not Chandley. I’m not the Channel 2 weather man. It’s Chancey.

It might be simpler if it was Smith. But I guess Smith could become Smythe. Anyway, I’m used to people goofing up my name, but I had never lived around other Chanceys until I moved to Fayetteville.

Early in my ministry here, our church hosted a fishing clinic and I introduced myself to a guest:

“Hello, I’m David Chancey.” Read More»

When temptation comes, keep your running shoes ready

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We were in seminary in Fort Worth when my second daughter, Rachel, was born. About the time my wife had to take a leave of absence from her RN position, the paper route in the seminary village became open. So I became a newspaper carrier for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for about nine months. Every day at 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. I threw the paper. I loved Saturday when the morning and evening editions combined. I dreaded Sundays because the paper weighed a ton. Since it was a walking route, I was loaded down. Read More»

Placing blame does not solve the problem

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Where were you when the snow starting falling and the roads began to be covered with ice? I was at a pastor’s lunch. When I entered the restaurant at noon, some flakes were beginning to fall. When I left shortly after one o’clock, Whoa!

You know the story. People were caught unprepared. Even though a winter storm warning was issued early that morning, the initial models showed the bulk of the storm would hit south of Atlanta. But Mother Nature had a different idea. She hit Atlanta with a vengeance, and everybody left for home at the same time. Read More»

Are you better at worrying than you are at praying?

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Let’s admit it: we are worriers.

Sometimes our worries are ridiculous. For several years, a woman was having trouble getting to sleep at night because she just knew someone was going to break into her house and steal her fine china. She was scared to death. One evening, her husband did hear a noise, went downstairs and encountered a real burglar.

He said, “Good evening. I’m so pleased to meet you. Will you please come upstairs and meet my wife? She’s been wanting to meet you for years.” Read More»

Will we walk by faith or by sight in 2014?

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We’re two weeks into 2014, but it’s still early enough to decide to put our best foot forward this year. What are you doing that will help you make great spiritual progress in your life?

I loved the story in a recent Sunday paper about Margie Bowen, the retired physical education teacher who, on New Year’s Eve, made her 500th climb up Stone Mountain. Read More»

New Year brings optimism, challenge, opportunity for growth

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The savvy, creative experts in the advertising industry understand the impact of key words in getting consumers’ attention. Can you guess their favorite word used most often in advertising campaigns? It’s not sale, or clearance. It’s the little word new. Read More»

‘Tis the season to show extra generosity

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Did you hear about the secret Santas who are paying off Christmas layaways? Wal-Mart customers in San Leandro, Calif., were called and asked to pick up their layaways after they were paid off by a total stranger.

One customer was Elizabeth Cortez, who owed a balance of $111 when she got the surprise call.

“A good Samaritan just paid for you,” said the Wal-Mart employee.

“I’m like ‘What?’”

The stranger was waiting at the Wal-Mart counter, hoping to meet her. Read More»

Christmas is already upon us, so don’t miss it

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Several years ago, a young boy heard the circus was coming to town. He’d never seen a circus, so he asked his dad if he could go. Reluctantly, the dad told him he didn’t think they could afford to buy a ticket. However, if the young boy could pick up some odd jobs and earn half the cost of admission, the dad would pay the rest.

So he raked leaves, cleaned gutters, cut shrubs and earned his half and was able to buy a ticket for the circus. Read More»

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