“First Crack Outta the box!”
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My late father, Richard D. Wilson, was known for such pithy one-liners. He first slung this one at me on a long, hot family road trip to Florida. It was one of those classic family car scenarios  – ever-vibrating little kids in the back seat, parents sitting like sentinels in the front, occasionally shouting commands to … [Click to read more …]

Easy to be Saved, Hard to be Lost
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And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. And they went … [Click to read more …]

Restoration
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There’s a TV show that my family and I watch called American Restoration. The star is Rick Dale. 1 Watching Rick restore whatever his clients bring in is an amazing process. Usually what they bring in has been dropped, crushed, rusted or in some other way destroyed. But after Rick and his employees have worked … [Click to read more …]

Dress and Dignity
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“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Genesis 3:7 As soon as sin began, legalism began. Adam tried to cover his shame by his own works. However that did not work. Just three verses after Adam makes … [Click to read more …]

Compost or Character?
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I remember a tense chat I had with my youngest daughter, who at about five years old became angry over some comment I made during dinner. She stalked off, planting herself on the couch with an ugly scowl. I walked over and began to speak to her softly, apologizing for the offense I’d caused, but … [Click to read more …]

Conspiracy Theories or Prophetic Facts?
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All serious-minded people experience, at some point in their lives, something like the following: After a nice social event—perhaps a dinner with guests—a discussion begins. The sad state of the world and current events provide common ground at first. Before long, someone begins to speak more—much more—than anyone else. The one-time social visit turns into … [Click to read more …]

Are We Marked by Time With Jesus?
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“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 True confession time – I don’t know how to study. I know how to look stuff up and to read things … but I just don’t get the whole concept of … [Click to read more …]

How Do We Know What’s Really Real?
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I began collecting baseball cards when I was 11, and Topps was the only baseball card company.  Soon after that, Donrus and Fleer joined the baseball card-making industry. In order to compete with the unwelcome newbies in the market, Topps started printing on their baseball card packages, “The Real Ones!” Even at 11, I knew … [Click to read more …]

Servanthood: Our Christian Calling
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Christ's Example Image © Lars Justinen from GoodSalt.com

We love titles, even in Christian circles. Whether it is Pastor, President, Professor, or Pope, titles are common currency in the church’s vocabulary. Inherent within some of those titles is the concept of hierarchy, authority and very often, privilege. The obvious or unseen but well-known underbelly of titles is church politics. A classic example of … [Click to read more …]