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  • Faithful Words

     FAITHFUL WORDS

     

     Giving an answer for the faith within us

     

    “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you….” (See I Peter 3:13-16, RSV).

    The Apostle Peter wrote his first epistle to Christians who were scattered and under persecution. They were being sought-out and harassed because of what they believed and how they lived. In the early going, Rome was not a “Christian Empire.”

  • Spiritually Speaking

    I have written many times about Galatians 5:22-23 naming the fruit of the Spirit. There are nine fruits listed, of course the first one is love, the greatest one. When we think of fruit we think of something that is produced, it is noticeable and you can see it.

  • When good goats go bad

     Sometimes life really does imitate art. 

    Well mine does anyway. 

    And last Friday was a prime example of it.

  • In the schools

    Do you remember when you were in school?

    Do you remember your first teacher?

    Do you remember your principal’s name?

    Do you remember the teachers who made you feel important?

  • Spiritually Speaking

    We are answerable for our decisions

     

    Are some things as confusing to you as they are to me? I am referring to a commercial I saw, especially over the holidays. There was no way I could bring the two thoughts together and make any sense out of them. It was a false misleading message. The commercial was advertising a non intoxicating beverage.

  • Faithful Words

      Why and how do we choose a church?

     

    “And Jesus said unto them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men’” (See Mark 1:9-20 , RSV).

  • On Higher Ground

    Opportunities to share the faith come at unexpected times

     

    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).

    Scripture exhorts us to be ready anytime to speak our faith with others because we cannot always see the Divine appointments the Lord arranges for us.

  • How easy is it to veer off course?

       How do seemingly good people cross the line into criminal behavior?  That question crossed my mind on Monday as I sat in criminal court.

    Watching as one by one the defendants made their way to the bench, they appeared to be the standard batch of offenders with the exception of two- former LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker and former director of schools Dr. Michael Martin.

  • From a Mother's Heart

    How we enter into a new year can be a challenge

     

  • On Higher Ground

    God has plans for you even when the future looks bleak

     

    “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you.  You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).