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Crossing the Rubicon of Relationships

“If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay—not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides. Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say” (Philemon vv. 17-21 NKJV).   The year was 49 BC. The order […]

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Franklin Graham: Jesus — The Way, the Truth and the Life

The tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore in late March sadly claimed the lives of at least six people, including construction workers who had been repairing potholes on the bridge. Since it opened in 1977, the 1.6-mile bridge along I-695 had become a critical link for more than 30,000 vehicles traveling daily to places like Washington, Philadelphia and New York. The four-lane bridge, an architectural marvel, stretched across the Baltimore Harbor and its bustling shipping channels. Had the 985-foot-long cargo ship struck the bridge during rush hour or midday instead of the wee hours of the […]

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Right Bible – Wrong Gospel?

As I enter my seventeenth year behind the pulpit, I’ve noticed some strange/alien practices that have seeped into the church. When I say alien, I’m not referring to some anorexic like green figure that stepped out of some Disney sci-fi miniseries. Alien to the traditional practices of the Church universally. There are several: fog machines during praise and worship. The decibel level has increased during the time of praise and worship. Songs that focus on the creation (humanity) rather than the Creator. Sermons (not all) are focused on our “goodness” versus our “flaws.” Let’s be transparent with one another. It’s […]

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Rebuilders Finish Strong

Two of evangelicalism’s most revered and respected men were Billy Graham and Chuck Colson. Billy Graham’s entire life can be summed up with two words — character and integrity. After years in the public eye and throughout his life, his character remained beyond reproach, and his reputation spotless. He never got off on a side street or spent time on the sidelines. Conversely, however, Chuck Colson’s life came crashing down like Jerusalem’s wall. He wandered off down several side streets and found himself on the sidelines in a prison cell. But then he came back and rebuilt a life of […]

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No Blind Faith for Believers

“Abraham said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you’” (Genesis 22:5).   If you are familiar with the story of Abraham and Isaac, you will remember that God called Abraham to do the unimaginable . . . the indescribable . . . the inconceivable . . . the unthinkable: To sacrifice his son Isaac on a mountain in Moriah. Blind faith or believe? Here’s a question for you: Did Abraham simply head out and blindly do what God commanded? Not […]

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Let Us Go Farther!

“Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him […]

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My Echo Chamber

One of my favorite scenes from the hit movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which debuted in the year 2000, is when the Grinch speaks with his echo. The scene opens with the Grinch speaking to his dog Max and reassuring himself that he is just fine being alone with his thoughts and doesn’t need anyone. He then proceeds to speak with his echo.   Grinch: How are you? Echo: How are you, are you, you, you? Grinch: I asked you first! Echo: I asked you first, you first, first, first! Grinch: [sarcastically] Oh right, that’s really mature, saying exactly […]

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Franklin Graham: The Hope of the Resurrection

It was my privilege to be in Israel recently to film a special Easter message from Jerusalem, where our Lord was crucified. Standing in front of Joseph of Arimathea’s rock-hewn tomb, I gave the Gospel invitation to trust in the risen Savior whom God raised from the dead so that all who believe in Him can receive the gift of eternal life.  In our troubled world, where there is so much confusion, chaos and calamity, the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is our only sure and certain hope. Every other hope is vain, every other hope is futile, every […]

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