Lifestyles

Devotional — In God We Trust

We find the words “In God We Trust” on our dollar bills; but do we really believe it ...

Lifestyles

Devotional — Accept real liberty with God to be truly free

Our freedom or liberty is precious to us as Christians and Americans. We all take it all for ...

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Devotional: ‘A different path’

Nearly 27 years ago, the Lord used some encouragement from dear friends to cause my wife Sherri and ...

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Devotional — Ordinary time

Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 5 You shall love the LORD your ...

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Devotional — Greed: the antithesis of charity

In these troubled times, one asks, “What can I do to make our national and local community life ...

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Devotional — Spirit in different ways

Wind, Spirit, Breath. Throughout the Bible, these words are actually the same. Whether it is Ruah in Hebrew ...

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Devotional — ‘When Dark Clouds Gather’

For several weeks this Spring, the dark, rain filled clouds have created a somber atmosphere around us. The ...

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Devotional — Truth telling

“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the ...

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Devotional — Cool days in spring

Summer, fall, winter, spring: The four seasons of a year each has very different characteristics. We experience changes ...

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Devotional — Careful consideration of symbols

Numbers 21:4-9 is an interesting and troubling story of the people of God on the Exodus becoming bitter ...

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‘New life in Christ Jesus’

Life changes as time goes by. Life starts at conception, and for those who make it safely from ...

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Devotional – God Cries

He replied, “I have kept all these since my youth.” 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to ...

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Devotional — Purification of the heart

We have a tradition which gives us a simple message of guidance. It reminds us that there is ...

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Devotional — Good Friday at the beach

I  must make a confession: in the middle of this uberbusy time of the preacher’s calendar, I took ...

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Devotional — ‘The danger of extravagance’

In Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar was in the peak of his reign as the monarch of the known ...

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Devotional — ‘Letting go’

Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. NRS Luke 15:11 These familiar words from ...

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Devotional — Faith: Foundation of life

As the weather warms and the spring flowers and grasses begin to grow, farmers and home gardeners prepare ...

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Devotional — Jesus is always with us

If you were Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, you would be consumed by one idea – how to ...

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Devotional — Faithfulness in a new world order

Last week as the plane wheels touched down at the Lynchburg airport, I thanked the Lord for a ...

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Devotional — ‘Transformed’

“Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went ...

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Devotional — The almighty sees all

The wise African sage Luqman advised his son to honor and obey his parents. The story then generalizes ...

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Devotional: Missed opportunities

It seems like just last year that I was watching and commenting on the Olympics. Oh, yes…, it ...

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Devotional — ‘Honor the King’

The authority structure in America is in disarray, how are we to respond to the growing disrespect towards ...

Columns

Devotional — ‘A complete worship’

When the Steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from ...

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Prayer for guidance and peace

When I was a youngster in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, my family taught me to pray The ...

Columns

Are we chasing the right newness?

Is it too late to give a “Happy New Year?” You might think so. It is several weeks ...

Lifestyles

Are we missing something?

Religious legalism is oppressive and robs many people of joy. But what about traditions, routines and even habits, ...

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