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Perspective: Character matters
Jan17

Perspective: Character matters

I want to begin this article with a very pointed statement—“Character matters!” Who you are is as important as what you do. Your talk will be hollow and cheap if your walk does not live up to that talk. Your accomplishments will be left in a small pile of ashes to be blown away by the wind if you are not a person of high character and integrity. Many people would not agree with my statement. They live by the popular mantra that “what...

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Perspective: Facing life’s tragedies
Jan10

Perspective: Facing life’s tragedies

Sometimes life seems to throw some tough and crippling experiences our way. Over the past few months I have had several friends face some of the harshest of life’s experiences. Death, tragedy and heartache have interrupted the serene and tranquil movement of life. Through the months, I have observed the way these godly and strong believers have faced difficult and painful times with an inner strength that only comes from the Lord....

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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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