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Perspective: Importance of daily Bible reading
Jan03

Perspective: Importance of daily Bible reading

Ministers and Christian leaders spend a great deal of time listening to and counseling others in the decision-making process. Often decisions are clouded by a complex world and ever-changing moral climate. Seemingly, there are no clear cut answers. So what are we to do? How can we find our way in such a messed up culture? How do we know what to do in a society where many believers compromise in order to be accepted rather than stand...

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Perspective: The splendor revealed
Dec20

Perspective: The splendor revealed

Max Lucado, one of my favorite authors, says this in his book, “God Came Near”: “God became a man. While the creatures of earth walked unaware, Divinity arrived. Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious one in a human womb. “The omnipotent, in one instant, made himself breakable. He who had been spirit became pierceable. He who was larger than the universe became an embryo. And he who sustains the world with a word chose to...

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Perspective: The gift of encouragement
Dec13

Perspective: The gift of encouragement

About this time of the year, many of you are weary and worn, exhausting yourselves trying to find that special gift for the person who has everything. Many on your list are like me. When asked by Polla, or other family members, what I want for Christmas, I have nothing to offer. I am at that stage in my life where I have most of the things I want or need. My wants are few, and my needs are even fewer. Life is good, and I am old enough...

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Perspective: The decision was clear
Dec06

Perspective: The decision was clear

When we read Scripture, it is clear that God shapes and moves people and history to His desired end. As believers, much of our journey is designed to bring us to the end of ourselves and discover the joyful pathway of faith in our God. He wastes no experience in our lives. Each challenge and each opportunity prepares us for the next step of His plan. Even our sorrows tenderize our hearts and strengthen our resolve. Through the study...

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Perspective: Christmas acts of kindness
Nov29

Perspective: Christmas acts of kindness

While we have been seeing Christmas advertisements for weeks, the Christmas season has officially begun with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. I mention these shopping days because the focus of Christmas for most Americans, as you are well aware, has nothing to do with Jesus’ birth. Society’s focus is about retail, and retail in a big way. I do not intend to curse the darkness that shrouds Christmas these days;...

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