“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 …]

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 …]

“Who? Who? Who Are You?”
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“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the … [Click to read more …]

03: Man: God’s Handiwork – Thought Starters
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God Made Us [Thought Starters for Man: God’s Handiwork October 17, 2012] 1. Better and better, or worse and worse. Which is it? Think of all the advances in human life today. Open-heart surgery for an inborn infant? Travel to Mars in a space ship smart enough to look around and take pictures? The transformation … [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 …]

02: Revelation and the God revealed in it – Thought Starters
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The book that reveals God The name of the last book of the Bible, “Revelation,” implies that its purpose is to reveal information important to God’s people. Why, then, do people find Revelation such a difficult book to understand? Let’s relax in the truth that God loves us and shows us His love in every … [Click to read more …]

What Really Counts
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“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15, NIV I once had a 1963 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport convertible that I enjoyed restoring. It was a rare automobile that represented a meaningful tie to … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Interlude in Athens
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According to Acts 17:14-16, Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea while Paul was escorted to Athens. Paul instructed his escorts to have Silas and Timothy join him in Athens, but there is no mention of their doing so. On the other hand, in 1 Thessalonians 3:1, 2, we learn that Paul sent Timothy back to … [Click to read more …]

The Three Angels Messages and the Triumph of the Gospel Over Babylon’s Legalism Part 2
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And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Revelation 14:8 [1.Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com] Many say that Babylon means confusion. Well it may, but it is not so much confusion about certain … [Click to read more …]

A Thin Green Line – Christian Environmentalism
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I am a Christian who believes that God created everything in six literal days and then literally rested on the seventh day. Having said that, I’m not sure that I’ve spent enough time thinking about how that should shape my interactions with the things that God created in, say, the first five days of Creation … [Click to read more …]