Author: twhyman

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A Culturally Relevant Church

Few people would argue with the contention that our culture is rapidly disintegrating. Believers and non-believers alike recognize the moral decay and lawlessness which has become so common in our society. While all agree that it is a disturbing trend, few have any wisdom to offer that will be effective in slowing the pace. What role does the church play...

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PREPARING FOR EASTER

Easter Sunday is a wonderful day of celebration for believers as we remember the victory our Savior won over death, hell and the grave. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is a glorious event that demonstrates His authority and empowers our hope. Paul emphasized the importance of the resurrection when he reminded the believers at Corinth that: “…if Christ be not...

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Our Changing Culture: Reacting to the reality of an America without Christian values.

I heard a Sunday school teacher say recently that Christians in America had become soft. He was lamenting the fact that so many believers feel entitled to a certain amount of respect from an increasingly secular society. That we have become accustomed to such treatment cannot be disputed. We protest when our positions are challenged, complain when unbelievers criticize the...

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Learning to Be Thankful for Thorns

Several years ago I planted three Double Knockout rose bushes in my back yard. These roses continually produce a high volume of unique blooms that are twice as full as normal roses. They also require substantial pruning several times during the growing season. While the blooms are beautiful the pruning is not fun. They produce twice the undergrowth and have...

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Trusting God in the Darkness

Spiritual understanding is not man’s strong suit. We are constrained by our circumstances and limited by our humanity. A believer’s faith should provide comfort and assurance in times of anxiety and confusion, but it often doesn’t. We eagerly claim the promise of Romans 8:28 to help explain God’s actions and remind us that our heavenly Father is consciously manipulating events...

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3 Reasons why not voting in the coming presidential election is a wrong choice.

The 2016 Presidential Election is less than 3 months away and most faithful Christians are understandably disturbed by their choices. One candidate is a career politician who is essentially amoral and will sell her soul and destroy as many others as necessary to reach her political goals. The other choice is a shamelessly arrogant businessman who assumes his “deal making”...

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When Honor Disappears: Five Consequences of a Society without Shame

I love my country. I am grateful that I have the privilege of living in a country where I can worship as I please without fearing condemnation or persecution. I am thankful for the generous nature of most Americans who eagerly provide aid to those in need in a time of crisis. I grew up emulating leaders who lived their...

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Justifying Sin

Satan is a master at influencing men negatively. If an individual does not know Christ as Lord and Savior, the devil will do his best to convince him that it is a waste of time to pursue such a relationship. After all, most men are not so bad. While guilty of some minor failures, they generally treat their fellow man...

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Wealth… and the Blessing of God

Hugh Hefner is 90 years old. His Playboy Empire was, at one time, valued at more than 400 million dollars. He has enjoyed a great measure of fitness, fame, fortune, and, in the minds of a very specific subset of our society, favor. Yet no believer would ever, under any circumstances, contend that Hefner’s prosperity was the result of God’s...

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Unbridled Anger – 6 Reasons Violence has Escalated in America

One of the great testimonies to the character of our nation has been the peaceful transition of power every time a new president is elected. We do not select a leader based on who has the strongest army (as least not in a physical sense), nor do we use physical force to accomplish the transition. Political candidates have always sought...

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