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Religion

  • 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?

  • The Glorious Cross

    Glorious!  I would certainly use this word describing the cross.  And yet, in itself the cross was not glorious.  It was an instrument of torture and shame.  The Jew said:  “Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree.”  Cicero said, “Far be the cross, not only from the eyes and ears, but even from the thoughts of the Roman citizen.”

  • Which love do you choose?

    Everyone faces a constant battle of which love will they choose? Though there are many dimensions of love, there are two main loves that we must consider. First, do we choose the love that is self-centric, self-promoting, and based in the flesh or do we choose the love of the heavenly Father which is characterized as unconditional, sacrificial, and holy. The Apostle John speaks to this in 1 John 2:15-17.

  • Enroll in Christ’s School

    From the cradle to the grave we are learners.  We have many teachers along the way, which include experience, example, sorrow, communion with God, and fellowship with the great people of the world.  Christ is the Master Teacher of all ages.  He knows more about the stars than the greatest astronomer, and more about the body than the greatest physician.  This great Teacher invites us to learn from Him (Matthew 11:29).

  • Enemies

    Have you ever been deeply hurt by someone? Felt your trust violated? Been betrayed?

    Can’t I just get even?

    Sometimes our initial response is to fight back. Or to plot how to get revenge. Sometimes we do this with our stares, our words, or our actions. But God says vengeance belongs to Him and warns us not to seek vengeance on our own.

    “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17

  • Accept the Challenge

    Recently my wife and I traveled to Sandersville, Georgia for my 60th high school class reunion.  Only 18 of a class of 71 were able to attend.  Several have died and others were not able to make the trip.  As the class president in 1955-56 they asked me to speak to the group.

  • Lessons from Jesus

    “Learn from Me.”  These are words of Jesus found in Matthew 11:29 and they picture Jesus as a teacher.  His disciples were invited to sit at His feet and learn from Him.  Jesus taught many wonderful lessons in the short time He was on earth.

    Have you wondered what Jesus would teach if He were here today?  We don’t have to ponder this because we have not been left in the dark about what He desires for us.   His instruction, inspiration, and guidance are found in His Word, the Bible.

  • Which Jesus Do You Choose to Follow?

    At the end of 2015, the Gallup Poll released data stating 75% of Americans identified with Christianity. This number was down by roughly 5% since 2008, but still stands as a overwhelming majority of individuals within our country. At the same time, we find that the gathering of the church across America is in a state of plateau or decline. The ultimate question then must be asked, “Which Jesus is being followed?”

  • Life's most important lesson

    Great teachers make great schools.  Since this is true you and I as Christians go to the best school in the world.  There are no entrance fees, we don’t have examinations and we don’t even have to leave home.  Jesus is the Master Teacher and we are invited to sit at His feet and learn life’s most important lessons.

  • Witness

    By Jonathan Carl

    Guest Columnist

    Have you ever seen a witness appear in court? Why is a witness called to show up and speak out?

    Witnesses have something important to say. They have a responsibility to truthfully share what they have experienced. I am sure it can be an intimidating experience in a courtroom, with some opposed to one’s testimony, but when we are summoned by an authority we must testify.