What Makes My Country and My Church Strong
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In my almost 50 years, I have seen leaders of my country come and go. Some were called good, some were called bad. There have been some fierce debates over whether or not certain leaders were good or bad.

Still my country remains strong. You know why I think that is? While some leaders are good and others not so good, I believe it is the common citizen who keeps my country strong.

Leaders may compromise [...]

Mirror, Mirror!
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How honest is your mirror? Has it ever lied to you?

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Sometimes when we look at the way some people leave their houses, we might think their mirror has not given them an accurate picture of how they look. In those cases, though, it’s usually the mental picture that is faulty, not the mirror’s reflection.

Often our own mental picture of ourselves is different than reality.

“Here’s some good news: if you’re like most people, you’re way [...]

Do You Pay Tithe?
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Tithe and offerings

Should you pay tithe?

I don’t think so.

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I think paying tithe is a heathen practice. (Please stay with me to the end.) Here’s why:

Paying tithe presupposes that I have goods or money that I wish to exchange for goods or services.
Paying something (offering) to a deity in exchange for grace or favor is a heathen concept.
Paying tithe is sometimes seen as a sort of “divine tax” in return for divine favor. (Who likes taxes?)

When I [...]

The Innkeeper Did Have Room for Jesus!
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And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

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When the story of the birth of Jesus is told, the innkeeper often gets a bum wrap. How could you not have room for a pregnant lady? How could you not have room for the Son of God! Wait a minute. The innkeeper did [...]

Revival of Hope
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I don’t know about where you live, but where I live it seems like a lot of people are feeling pretty hopeless about their futures.

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Everywhere they look bad things are happening, and they don’t feel like they have any control over their own lives and their own futures.

According to Tara Parker-Pope of the The New York Times (May 2013), “suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade.” Here are the [...]

20 Things I’ve Learned in 20 Years of Bible Work
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While I became a literature evangelist in 1990, it just occurred to me, that it has now been 20 years since I first became a Bible Worker in the Owasso-Claremore district of the Oklahoma Seventh-day Adventist Conference in 1993. A lot of water has passed under the bridge and through the baptisteries since then, and over time I would like to share some of my experiences over the last twenty years. Tonight, I would like to begin with a list of twenty things I have learned in twenty [...]

Heaven’s Best Gift (Zechariah)
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“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” John 10:14, NIV

The Bible was written at a time when society was primarily agrarian. Prophets spoke in terms the people could relate to. Images of farm and field were easily understood, because these were snapshots of daily life. The seasons of the year revolved around planting and the gestation cycles of livestock, and daily activities often focused on the feeding and care of animals. The shepherd [...]

Visions of Hope (Zechariah)
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“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’” Zechariah 7:9-10, NIV 

An oft-recurring theme with the Minor Prophets and echoed again with Zechariah is the plight of the oppressed. Strangely, it is not the foreigners that Zechariah is accusing of this crime. It is God’s chosen people, the Jews. Today’s parallel might [...]

The Vision of Hope for Laodicea
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Daytona Beach sunrise.

Daytona Beach sunrise.

In the late fall of 2006 I bought a brand new car. A few days later, or nights actually, I lay in my bed wide awake. I glanced at the clock as it read 4 AM. Then the idea hit me. If I jump in my brand-new car right now, I can travel across Florida to the east coast in time to watch the sun rise. I had seen several sunsets on the west coast where I [...]

Wax On – Wax Off
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If you don’t understand this cultural reference, it’s from the movie, The Karate Kid. The main character in the movie is a teenage boy, Daniel who has just moved to town and is getting bullied. In order to stop it, he wants to learn karate. He meets up with the manager of his apartment building, Mr. Miyage, who agrees to teach him. One requirement of this agreement is that Daniel must obey Mr. Miyage’s [...]