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Character: Why it matters!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16 Defining character is difficult. The dictionary states that character is that combination of intangible qualities that distinguish us as individuals. Moral and ethical strength are often mentioned as specific attributes. While scripture never uses the word “character,” the...

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The Gift of Peace

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 I once visited a restaurant with my family where we encountered a waiter whose favorite response was “no problem!”  When we gave him our order he replied:...

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The Mockery of Sin

“Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.” (Proverbs 14:9) Several years ago I went on a golf outing with three close friends to Myrtle Beach, SC. We got a special deal which included lodging and allowed us to play as much golf as we desired. The weather was outstanding and the fellowship was great,...

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Christmas Greed

What motivates society’s interest in the celebration of Christmas? We live in a day of profuse materialism characterized by incessant ads telling us of great gifting options for loved ones or friends.  Are we to assume that those selling these “gifts” have as their primary concern a desire to give? Our society is driven by greed, and it is especially evident during the holiday shopping season. The frenzy...

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Lost Gratitude

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:19-20 One spring day many years ago someone decided to do an experiment in New York City’s Central Park. They...

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Shallow Faith & Spectator Christianity

In the south almost everyone claims to be a Christian. Churches abound. Someone once stated that in the town where he lived you could hold your breath from one Baptist church to another. As I drive from my house to the church – approximately 6 ½ miles – I pass four other Baptist churches.  A Google search for Baptist Churches...

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Rejoicing in Tribulation

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (II Corinthians 12:9). I was visiting one of our elderly ladies recently who has spent many more days in the hospital than...

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The Straight & Narrow Path

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) The Christian life is a minefield, littered with...

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The Character of Forgiveness

Scripture is filled with accounts of believers who have done remarkable things. Noah built an ark, preserving life on earth. Moses confronted Pharaoh and led the children of Israel out of Egypt. David slew the Philistine giant Goliath, delivering Israel from certain slavery. Elijah called down fire from heaven, demonstrating the power and majesty of the true God, and exposing...

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Prone to Wander

Robert Robinson was an 18th century Baptist preacher, author and hymn writer. He was converted at the age of 20, three years after he and several of his friends attended an evangelistic meeting where George Whitfield delivered a powerful message on the wrath of God. At the age of 23, in 1758, Robinson penned the words to one of our...

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