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My wife and I first came here in the 1990s. We returned for our 10th wedding anniversary, and then started coming in the summer months after dropping our two children off at summer camp. Today we are here for our 25th wedding anniversary. After all of these years, and millions of miles trave…

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“But God” are two of the greatest words ever written. They are found in Ephesians 2:4 and other places in the Bible. God spells out man’s condition very clearly in the larger passage (Ephesians 2:1-10).  The person who does not know God, does not have a relationship with God, is in a terribl…

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Several years ago, I had a phone conversation with an old friend whom I had not heard from in about ten years.  He had engaged in a time of repentance and felt like God had forgiven him.  However, he was struggling with forgiving himself.  This is a perplexing problem for almost every Christ…

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For as long as I remember I have been playing “this or that” type games with my friends and family. I don’t remember the first this-or-that I ever proposed to someone, but it was probably in the late 1960s and went something like this, “Who’s the best band, The Beatles, or The Rolling Stones…

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I  am feeling blessed this morning. It’s a feeling that I’ve experienced a lot lately. It’s not gratitude for monetary or material things, but for experiences and relationships. I’m grateful for many things, mostly for time spent with friends and family— morning, noon, and night.

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January 1 is a day like any other day.  Except for the calendar and football, there is really nothing special about it to set it apart from any other day of the year. However, it does provide a great reminder for us to evaluate our lives and resolve to make beneficial changes.  One area of l…

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Expressing gratitude, being thankful is a quality we appreciate in others.  All of us long for people to show their gratitude for the things we do.   Giving thanks is commanded and commended in the Bible.  Living with an attitude of thanksgiving is promoted in the Scripture also.  The Old Te…

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It is very easy for believers to become almost totally inwardly focused.  I am not speaking about contemplative self-examination like mystics would engage in.  Rather, what I speak of is individual Christians and their churches focusing inwardly in the sense that most time, energy, effort, c…

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There are a lot of benefits to being a restaurant owner for 30 years. The older I get, the more I have come to appreciate the non-monetary perks of restaurant ownership. It’s not always about the money. It can’t be. I’ve made some money in the restaurant business, but I’ve also lost a lot, a…

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The church at Rome in the first century and your church in 2017 both have a problem.  Both have people who are confused about what is really important.  Both have people who have no idea how much damage they are doing to their church. Both have people who make terrible choices for very self-…

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The church at Rome in the first century and your church in 2017 both have a problem.  Both have people who are confused about what is really important.  Both have people who have no idea how much damage they are doing to their church. Both have people who make terrible choices for very self-…

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We have dead churches all over the world, or at least the part I am familiar with.  These churches are not dead primarily because of incorrect doctrine, apathy, lack of enthusiasm, lack of service, etc.  Those are all symptoms of the real problem.  The real problem is that there are too many…

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