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Prepared But Not Ready

On June 28th, 1914 an assassination took place in which the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, was killed by a political extremist while riding in a parade. This single event is credited as the lynchpin that set off the first World War, one that would last over four years and forever change the course of history. Armies from around the world prepared themselves to enter into this conflict, whether or not they truly were ready is the question. WWI is…

Empty Arms with Full Hearts

In John chapter 4 we have Jesus talking to someone who, according to the apostles and the Jews of that day, He has no business talking to. Culturally speaking, Jesus is crossing a line by having this conversation that completely shocks His apostles. In John 4:27 we have their reaction described as, “…At this point, His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman…” The word used there to describe their reaction to what Jesus…
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EXTRA-ORDINARY MEN

People do not decide to be extraordinary, they simply decide to accomplish extraordinary things. One such man was named Sir Edmund Hilary born July 20, 1919.  Starting out in life Edmund was always much smaller than the neighborhood kids and classmates. Instead of going out and playing with the big kids he spent his time mostly indoors reading or playing with toy trains. As he grew up, though, his problem of having a small frame and a short stature quickly…
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Is God an “Indian Giver”?

The phrase “Indian giver” is an interesting phrase that we sometimes use. It’s what we call someone who gives a “gift” and later wants it back, or who expects something in return. The expression itself has its own unique history that shows how it has changed over the years. It is thought to have originated around the 15thcentury when there was a cultural misunderstanding between European settlers and Native Americans. Th new settlers thought they were receiving gifts from the native…
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“There’s more than one way to skin a cat”

I am not much of a cat person. I don’t like the way they seemingly look down on me with their smug glances, their lack of engagement when it comes to being able to play with them, and to top it off I am allergic to them. Now I say most of that in a joking manner and to be completely honest, if it wasn’t for being allergic to them I believe I would be much more up to liking…
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Articluhaphobia

What are you afraid of? What is something that gives you chills or makes you feel uncomfortable when you see it, feel it, or even just think about it? When it comes to the population of America there are a few fear or phobias that affect a majority of people. See if you fall into any of these categories:   -Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders. Affects as many as 1 in 3 women & 1 in 4 men. -Ophidiophobia –…
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Signing Up & Staying On

In January of 2017 I decided I wanted to sign up for something I had always wanted to try, a half marathon. So I signed up for the Tuscaloosa Half and started my 3-month training right away. Everything was going great until about a month into it when I injured my left foot and had to wear a boot for 6-weeks. I had to completely cut out running up until 2 weeks before the race. To say I was a…
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THE PATH TO GLORY – PART FIVE

So, you want to bring glory to God? Isn’t it a wonderful thought? Isn’t it almost unbelievable that imperfect, sinful people could bring glory to our Creator, Sustainer, and Savior? And yet, we have studied a passage of Scripture over the past few weeks that has shown us a clear “path” that leads to doing just that. And here we are, at the end of this study of Philippians 1:9-11, to examine the final step in this important and amazing…
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THE PATH TO GLORY – PART FOUR

In the world of sports, the phrase “respect the process” is often used to remind people that there is no “magic wand” or “easy button” that can create a winning team. It takes hard work, discipline, and lots of “behind-the-scenes” effort to be successful, and anyone who thinks otherwise is most likely nothing more than a “consumer” with a lack of understanding about the dynamics and inner workings of these organizations. The process is important. The process is the path…
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THE PATH TO GLORY – PART THREE

In our study of Philippians 1:9-11, we have observed the first two “steps” towards bringing glory to God in our lives: Step #1: Abound in love Step #2: Use knowledge and discernment In our text, these first two steps seem to serve as a “prerequisite” for what comes next… STEP #3: APPROVE WHAT IS EXCELLENT Paul says in verses 9-10, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that…
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THE PATH TO GLORY – PART TWO

Last week, we began a study of Philippians 1:9-11 as a “blueprint” for how we, as Christians, can bring glory to God. This “Path to Glory,” as it is presented in this particular section of Scripture, is a 5-step process. Step #1, as Paul states in verse 9, is “that your love may abound more and more.” In other words, an active, growing, and overflowing love for God, for each other, and for others is the first step in bringing…
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THE PATH TO GLORY – PART ONE

“To God be the glory, great things He hath done. So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, who yielded His life an atonement for sin, and opened the life gate that all may go in.” – from “To God Be the Glory,”by Fanny Jane Crosby and William Howard Doane We sing about giving glory to God; we pray about giving glory to God; we talk about giving glory to God; but how does this actually work?…