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False Security

Have you ever had to work a graveyard shift at your job before? Have you ever even heard of the phrase “graveyard shift”? Certain jobs like factories, hospitals, or other 24-hour establishments require people to be there all around the clock. Therefore, employees are given the “graveyard shift” in which they clock in sometime around midnight and clock out in the early hours of the morning. For many, this would be a nightmare to endure, but for some, this is…
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DIVINE DETOURS

When you are traveling in unfamiliar territory, and you come across a detour, it feels like a tremendous setback. It interrupts your momentum, your schedule, and if you’re like me, your blood pressure. Detours are frustrating, stressful, and burdensome, but detours are often necessary. For example, detours are utilized when dangerous conditions are present. You may be forced to detour because a bridge is washed away or debris is obstructing the roadway. Detours are used when improvements are underway. You…
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For Those in Need of a Physician

What does the phrase ‘Gospel Meeting’ mean to you? What do you think about when you see these two words? For me, it has always meant good food, good speakers, good topics, good sermons, and good times spent with Christian brothers and sisters. Growing up, I always looked forward to the yearly Gospel Meeting because I knew we were going to have a great week of fellowship and spiritual growth. To me, it was one of the highlights of my…

Why Should Christians Care About the Environment?

Recently, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research released data revealing a significant increase in the number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest this year in comparison to last year. This information reignited concerns about climate change. Whether or not the Amazonian fires endanger the earth’s environment is debated and certainly not the focus of this article. However, the presence of another environmental issue provides an opportunity for us to consider what the Christian’s stance on such matters should be.…

Who Do You Say That I Am?

In Matthew 16, Jesus’ fame and recognition among the Jews are on the rise. At this point in His ministry, people are starting to know who He is upon His arrival in their city. In the previous chapter, we see just how well-known and celebrated He has become.  Matthew 15:29-30, “Departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there. And large crowds came to Him, bringing with…

Am I Doing Enough???

Self-examination is a wonderful thing that God’s Word frequently challenges followers to practice throughout their walk (Psalm 119:59; Lamentations 3:40; Matthew 7:5; I Corinthians 11:28; Galatians 6:4). In many ways, examining ourselves as to how close we are to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit can be an invaluable habit to our spiritual well-being. However, I am afraid that too many Christians walk about with an overwhelming fear of the life to come. We examine ourselves…
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A SIGN FROM GOD

Have you ever noticed the abundance of traffic signs around you? Everywhere you look, there are traffic signs. Some signs regulate the flow of traffic, like speed limit signs and stop signs. Other signs tell you what to expect ahead, such as construction signs, speed bump signs, and curvy road signs. Then there are signs that indicate your location or provide directions such as street names, mile markers, and exit signs. The most important thing about traffic signs is that…

Eye Exam

When reading the shortest of the four gospels, the book of Mark, one finds two miracles that are unique to the second gospel. Not only are they unique by only being found in Mark and not in the other three gospels, but they also are unique by how they are performed. The first of these is found in Mark 7:32-37 and describes how Jesus healed a deaf/mute man peculiarly. Before Jesus heals the man, He puts His fingers in the…

It Means No Worries???

Growing up in the ‘90s and 2000s was truly an amazing time to be a kid. Animated films such as Toy Story, Aladdin, A Bug’s Life, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Shrek, The Incredibles, Tarzan, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Rescuers Down Under (Did I leave any out?) dominated theatres and Blockbusters everywhere, and were, “coming soon to own on video and DVD.” Chief among these films was Disney’s, The Lion King, which combined truly life-changing quotes and an incredible…

Pursuit of Happiness

In Toy Story, one of the first big scenes in the movie is when Andy first challenges Buzz to prove that he can fly. This is just minutes after the whole group meets Buzz for the first time, and Andy has already realized that Buzz truly believes he’s a “Space-Ranger.” Buzz, confident in his skills, steps close to the edge of the bed and boldly dives off! Thankfully for him, a series of very fortunate events unfold that make it…

No More Excuses

When Moses’ name is mentioned, most of us likely think of a heroic, faithful leader. But that is not the Moses to which we are initially introduced. In Exodus 3:10 we learn that God met Moses at the burning bush and said, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” You would think a man who was identified as a hero of faith (Hebrews 11:23-28), a friend of…

The Cost of Independence

On July 4th, 1776, the world was changed forever. The “thirteen united states of America” came together to declare their independence from Great Britain, which launched the Revolutionary War. Fifty-six individuals signed their name to the document that has cemented itself as one of the most important writings in world history, the Declaration of Independence. One of those signatures was Button Gwinnett, the man our county was named after. Little did they know while signing that document, many were signing…