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Religion

  • Facing Whatever

    Recently the devotion said that trouble will come.  I’m thankful for the positive response by some readers and want to add some additional thoughts on the subject for handling trouble.  How we respond to things that come into our lives is very important. Our response will reveal our character.  We can be all smiles in the sunshine, but the dark days and times of trouble reveals our true inner self. Will we weather the storms because we have done a good job in building on the proper foundation and used good material in construction?

  • Trust the Lord

    Have you ever faced a moment in life that left you pondering the future? A time when you were confused about what lied ahead or what obstacles might be awaiting your journey? Have you ever met the moment when the feeling of overwhelmed dominated your life? I am sure that these questions probably sparked a moment or two in your life. How did you face those times?

  • A Promise Keeper

    There was a time when we heard the saying, “A man’s word is as good as his bond.”  Or maybe someone used as his motto: “I always do what I say I will do.” Many today make promises, but don’t keep them; and some give their word, but never make it good.

    But there is one on whom you can always depend. In your Bible, you will find that Jesus made many promises some of which have already been fulfilled, some He is doing now and others apply to the future.

  • Hell-Heaven

    Hell. Do you avoid thinking or talking about Hell? Why? Is it simply too unpleasant and distasteful? Or is it out of a hidden or repressed fear? Should we think and talk about Hell?

    Does Hell really exist? Some believe Hell does not exist and question how a loving God could send someone there. Others assert that Hell is simply life here on earth. Some use the word “Hell” casually and flippantly, showing they don’t even understand what it really is.

  • The greatest change

    God is a great God and His love is a great love.  But so many today believe in a little God and a great humanity.  Man tries to take the place of God.  While man is glorified, God is being pushed into the background.

    But God is still sovereign.  He made all things: they are His now, and one day He will reign over all things.  David felt small when he considered the handwork of God, and said, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers. What is man that you take thought of him” (Psalm 8:3-4).

  • So great a salvation

    By Paul Richey

    In John 3, the Bible speaks of a religious leader named Nicodemus coming to Jesus by the cover of night to investigate salvation. Through this dialogue, Jesus declares that one must be born again to receive life everlasting. Nicodemus was confused by this statement and asked for clarification and eventually walked away in the moment to ponder what Jesus had taught.

  • Troubles will come

    Everyone has troubles.  The old expression says, “It rains on the just and the unjust.”  So the question is, “How do we handle troubles when they come to us?”  One young man is jilted by his girl friend and he tries to commit suicide; while another man faces the same problem, but writes a song about it and makes a million dollars.  Trouble came to both, but the difference was how they chose to handle the problem.

  • Olympic gold

    By Jonathan Carl

    Guest Columnist

    The Olympics.  I love this season of International athletic competition.  Have you been watching the Olympics?  Have you ever imagined yourself competing in them?  Winning a medal?  Winning gold?

  • Our spiritual positions

    “We have been taken out of the great graveyard of sin and placed in the throne room of glory.”  Warren Weirsbe in his Bible commentary on Ephesians says this is “our spiritual position in Christ.”

    When we responded by faith to what Jesus did for us on the cross as He died for our sins, Christ became our Savior, our sins were forgiven and we became a child of God.  Spiritually, Paul explains what happened to us in Ephesians 2:1-10. He shows us how sin worked against us, God worked for us and in us and desired to work thru us.

  • Overcoming consumer Christianity

    By Paul Richey

    The Western Church has fallen prey to the mindset of consumerism. We attempt and expect perfection. Each individual approaches ministry with the ideology that the customer is always correct and that if we feel disappointed then we have the right to demand change or choose another location to “attend” church. Consumer Christianity is robbing individuals of the joy of the Lord in their lives and leaving them searching for something to fill the void that only God can ultimately fill.