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Religion

  • The Wise Men Came and Were Never the Same

    As we are walking through the Christmas season, it is imperative that each of us take a moment and breathe. If your schedule is anything like mine, then you are probably booked with special events, family functions, and just the chaos of attending to every need around you. This type of schedule attacks our ability to maintain focus on the reason that we celebrate this season, Jesus.

  • Messages of the Manger

    One of our favorite Christmas carols is “Away in a Manger,” loved by young and old.  Have you ever wondered why Jesus was born in a smelly bed of hay and laid in an animal feeding trough?  In 1964 Leslie Flynn wrote of some great truths to be learned from Jesus’ birth in a stable.

  • God Became Man

    During Advent Christians will be focusing on the coming of Christ — His first coming, but also His promise to return.  Many titles are given to Christ in the Bible.  “Emmanuel” is one of them, and it means “God with us.”

    Christmas is the miracle of God coming to earth to be with us.  He who made the universe came and lived on this planet.  The one who flung the stars into space came as a baby.  He retained His deity while assuming humanity.  God became man — the doctrine of the Incarnation.

  • May Our Hearts Burn
  • One party you don't want to attend

    Do you remember the lines learned in childhood:  “Nobody loves me.  Everybody hates me, I’m going out and eat some worms.”

    Our tendency when things go wrong is to feel sorry for ourselves.  We become convinced that nobody cares.  We delight in nursing our hurts.  This is a symptom of self-centeredness.

  • Thankfulness

    By Jonathan Carl
    Guest Columnist


    Do you remember the lines learned in childhood:  “Nobody loves me.  Everybody hates me, I’m going out and eat some worms.”

    Our tendency when things go wrong is to feel sorry for ourselves.  We become convinced that nobody cares.  We delight in nursing our hurts.  This is a symptom of self-centeredness.

  • The unchanging one

    God says of Himself in Malachi 3:6, “I the Lord do not change.”  In our world today we long for stability because we are surrounded by change.  To satisfy this longing I would point you to God who is the unchanging and eternal one. Observe some things the Bible tells us about God.

  • Knowing God's will requires a renewed mind

    By Paul Richey
    Guest Columnist

    Time after time I have been asked to help individuals decipher the will of God for their lives. Each occurrence allowed me to emphasize that no earthly individual can determine or decipher for another individual what God’s will is. Rather, it is imperative that we understand that God has revealed to us in His Word key components to distinguishing His will for life. In Romans 12:1-2 the Apostle Paul gives three important keys to determining what God desires for your life.

  • In a moment

    We are all familiar with the process of change.  In the physical world we are witnesses to the process right now especially in the changing of seasons.

    Green leaves have changed color and are falling from the trees.  Fields once green with corn and beans have been harvested leaving the land bare.

    Physically, we are aware of change --- out, up,  bigger around, you name it.  I’m really wasting time and space trying to convince you of something so evident everywhere.

  • Pray for your President

    By Jonathan Carl

    Guest Columnist

    I’m writing this several days before the election, but by the time this column makes it to print and is being read, we should know who our next President of the United States will be. President Clinton? President Trump? A third party candidate?