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President Washington’s Prayer

This President’s Day, we would like to share a lesser-known prayer of the great leader, President George Washington. Nations around the world are desperate to solve pressing issues. Yet, many...
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God Uses Opposition!

Recently, a spirit of great discouragement seems to permeate many churches. It’s as if God’s people believe this is the only time of difficulty believers have ever faced. But a...
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Finding a New Beginning

Someone has rightly observed, "Life is a series of new beginnings." Thankfully for the believer, our God is the God of new beginnings! The Creator who alone could make something...
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Christians You Should Know: Nate Saint

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are...
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Honoring a Partner in the Gospel

On Monday, November 7, 2022 I was sitting in a hotel room in Iowa when I received one of the most difficult phone calls of my life. My friend, my...
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Christians You Should Know: John Wesley

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life...
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Learning to Rejoice Again

The only real and lasting joy is found in Jesus. The only way to enjoy the journey is to find the companionship of Christ along the way. What a thrill...
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Guest Post: A Meditation on Psalms, Sirens, and Terror.

Enjoying the Journey has many friends in the ministry who help and encourage us along the way. John Buckner is a real student of God’s Word. He has spent the last several...
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Christians You Should Know: William Carey

“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 1:5 A Snapshot of the Life of William Carey: Born: Aug....
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2348 B.C. All Over Again?

Imagine going back in time more than 4,000 years and finding the ancient world, in many ways, like the world we are living in today. Some things never change. Solomon...
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Christians You Should Know: Noah Webster

“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep...
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Meet the Holy Spirit

How well do you know the Holy Spirit? Many live their entire Christian life with the Spirit of God within, and yet fail to understand how He works in and...
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God’s Timing and the Next Step

Eight years ago God began stirring in my heart about the evangelistic work He has now given us to do. The Holy Spirit led in unmistakable ways and we have...
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Christians You Should Know: Frances Ridley Havergal

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1 A...
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Our Next Enjoying the Journey Tour!

Last year a wonderful group of friends traveled with us to Israel, and the Lord gave us such a precious time studying the Word together in the Holy Land. We...
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ONWARD!

The uttermost...ends of the earth...all the world...every creature...whosoever will. Scripture repeatedly emphasizes the length of our mission and the breadth of God's message. Christ's gospel is not regional, national, or...
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Living in the Age of the Gospel

This past Lord's Day we commemorated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. True believers celebrate this every Sunday! In fact, we celebrate our living Savior every day because He...
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Christians You Should Know: Fanny Crosby

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like...
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A New Year & New Adventures with Christ

There is no adventure like the adventure of following Jesus Christ! It is the grand adventure of a lifetime and it leads to an even greater adventure in eternity. In...
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Responding in Faith

(Luke 1:26-45) As we study Mary’s response to God, we learn much about how to respond in faith. The Lord wants to use our lives, but without the proper response,...
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Travel with Us through the Land of the Bible

This week we will walk where Jesus walked. My first immersion into Bible geography came during a three day stop in Egypt soon after I graduated from college. Standing at...
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Listen to the Old Man!

Western culture is far removed from the ancient culture of Bible times. Sadly, in the midst of so much modern “progress” there are many eternal values that have been lost....
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Truth and the Danger of Overcorrection

All of us who have driven for any length of time have experienced or witnessed the danger of over correcting. A slight distraction, a sudden movement by another driver, an...
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The Sounds of Calvary

Have you ever stood in your mind at Calvary on the day that Jesus died? Use your sanctified imagination and stand quietly with Mary and John on that sad hill....
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Hymn History: Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

"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 We are thrilled to share a...
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Hymn History: I Will Sing of My Redeemer

“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." – Titus 2:14 We are thrilled to share...
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Hymn History: Safe in the Arms of Jesus

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”  – Deuteronomy 33:27...
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Hymn History: Hold the Fort

“ And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”  – Revelation 22:12 We are thrilled to share a...
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“Praying Through”

Years ago I used to hear some people refer to “praying through” as a metaphor for praying until you breakthrough to Heaven. I understand what many of these sincere people...
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Hymn History: Rock of Ages

“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.”  – Psalm...
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Hymn History: He Keeps Me Singing

"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him." - Job 13:15 We are thrilled to share a series of...
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Hymn History: Have I Done My Best For Jesus?

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."  - 1 Corinthians 10:31 We are thrilled to share a series of brief...
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Hymn History: Day By Day

"Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be."  - Deuteronomy 33:25 We are thrilled to share a series of brief accounts of...
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“My Lord and My God”

Many of you have been journeying with us through the Miracles of Jesus on our ETJ Broadcast. It is always wonderful to be reminded that Christ is enough, and we...
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Hymn History: Blessed Assurance

" Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."  - Hebrews...
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God’s Security Detail

Yes, these are dangerous days. Illness, violence, accidents and a host of other unknowns surround us. However, some Christians have forgotten that our lives are not in the hands of...
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Hymn History: What A Friend We Have In Jesus

" A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24 We are thrilled to share a series of...
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4 “All’s” that Make All the Difference

ALL. It is one of God's favorite words, used 5,606 times in His Word. This little word is a great revelation of the thoroughness of the Lord and a reminder...
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Hymn History: All The Way My Savior Leads Me

"He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."  Psalm 23:3 We are thrilled to be sharing several brief accounts of how some...
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A Single Moment

Many years ago the Lord providentially brought across my path a young man by the name of Micah Hendry. Little did I know that he would become a key part...
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Hymn History: Revive Us Again

"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?"  (Psalm 85:6) We are thrilled to begin sharing several brief accounts of how some of the great...
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Christ Is Enough.

In the face of physical pain, financial hardship, emotional distress, and spiritual conflict there is one truth that always brings faith and courage: Christ is enough. Christ is more than...
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ETJ Beginning Its 5th Year!

As I sit alone in my study recording daily broadcasts I am always conscious that people I will never see will listen to them. We broadcast in faith. Solomon wrote,...
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2 Resources for More Bible Preaching

“…they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.” (Acts 8:4) If ever there was a time for more preaching, it is now. As we look around, we...
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My Besetting Sin

Do you know your besetting sin? Mine is not yours and yours is not mine, but we all have them. You know the one...the thing that is constantly getting you...
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“One Thing”

We are living in a complex world! Sin complicates everything it touches and only the truth of Christ can return us to simplicity. Today we begin a new study on...
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A Month of Hallelujahs!

As we begin the month that culminates with Thanksgiving wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if we could make the whole month a month of praise? The great Bible word...
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Note to a Friend

After all of these years and the multitude of technological ways that we receive communication, there is still something exciting about getting a note in the mail from a friend....
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7 Ways You Can Help Your Pastor

During the month of October many churches celebrate a pastor appreciation emphasis. Other congregations do this during another time of year such as the pastor's anniversary or a special day...
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Energy to Endure

People frequently refer to Wednesday as "hump day" with the idea that they have made it "over the hump" - halfway through another week. The truth is that the mid-way...
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Stop Trying to Be An “Equal Opportunity” Servant!

There is a great deal of debate in our world about what is commonly called "equal opportunity." The term is generally accepted as meaning that people are to be treated...
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The Revelation Series and Our Next Study

My heart has been helped studying through the Revelation of Jesus Christ over the last several months. Christians have no reason to dread and every reason to hope! The King...
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Would You Give Me Six Minutes of Your Time?

Everyone is busy and there are so many things vying for our attention. It is impossible to keep up with it all! Today I would like to ask you to...
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March Ministry

It was one year ago this month that so many things came to a halt. Isn't it wonderful to know that God continued to work? We are grateful to be...
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Enjoying the Journey Now On YouTube

Everyone has their favorite media platform to stream content - there are certainly plenty to choose from! Our daily broadcast is heard on a number of radio stations across the...
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A CORRECTION

It is always an encouragement to hear from friends who are studying God’s Word with us each day on Enjoying the Journey. I just received a very kind email question...
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Best of the Blog: Top 10

For the last nine years I have enjoyed writing regular articles for our Enjoying the Journey blog. The archive of more than 700 posts deal with a wide range of...
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Don’t Stop Using the Altar!

It was a joy again yesterday to see people on their knees, seeking the Lord. There is something wonderfully refreshing about definite, united prayer among God’s people. In these strange...
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Next Stop: The Numbers Psalms

Life is a journey and the fourth section of the Psalms, known as the Numbers Psalms, shows us the goodness and guidance of God along that journey. If we want...
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A Pause, Our Podcast, And The Next Psalms

Yesterday we concluded the first stage of our journey through the Psalms. The Genesis Psalms, Psalm 1-41, help us to see God as the beginning of all good things. I...
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Brand New Listening Options!

As we begin a new week of broadcasts I want to thank you for making Enjoying The Journey a part of your daily routine. It is a privilege to study...
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An Update On Our Daily Broadcast

It is amazing how sometimes the most far reaching things are the ones we did not plan at all. Several people have asked me recently how our daily Enjoying The...
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Podcast Series For Valentine’s Week

Our world has some mixed up ideas about love! The devil and the flesh always try to pervert what is perfect. Only the God who is love can teach us...
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Come, Go With Us!

In just over a year we will be hosting a special Bible study tour in the land of the Bible. If you have ever wanted to go to Israel, this...
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Our Next Bible Study Series

It is a joy to study God's Word and a privilege to share it with others. More and more people are joining our daily Enjoying The Journey episodes and we...
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Recording Day!

Several folks have asked me recently how we record the daily Enjoying The Journey episodes. Technology has made life so much simpler in some ways! I am able to record...
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A Brand New Series Of Bible Messages Now Available

When I was a student in college, Dr. Frank Sells once challenged us to choose a “life book” – a book of the Bible to immerse ourselves in and to...
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A Word To Our Praying Friends

It is just after 4:30 a.m. as I write these words. No, I have not become one of those ridiculously early risers! My body clock is still on Australia time...
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A Special Announcement

We are very happy to announce that at the end of this month the Fundamental Broadcasting Network will begin to carry our Enjoying The Journey daily broadcast. FBN began in...
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The Greatest Giver

As a boy my dad taught me that there are two types of people in the world: takers and givers. Our world is full of takers, but givers are the...
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“God’s Gentlemen”

Sometimes as you read a book God will cause a couple of words to capture you. That happened to me recently. Two words seemed to take up the whole page....
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Exciting News!

We are thrilled at the number of preachers and their wives who have made plans to join us next week in Hickory, NC. This gathering has been designed to encourage...
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“When the Cameras Were Off”

In recent years we have seen an epidemic of high profile people committing terrible acts. Preachers, politicians, prominent entertainers, powerful business people. It seems the news is always new and...
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3 Christmas Traditions

We all have them. At times they must be adjusted, but always they live in our memory. Traditions held with family and friends. Fixed reference points in a world that...
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My Advice to Church Staff Members

Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of spending time with a number of church staff members in the places where I have been preaching. This is...
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Our Greatest Need

Over the last several weeks I have had the privilege of meeting so many praying people. I have been honored and humbled to meet people who I do not know...
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My New Favorite Airport

This week I have been in multiple airports. Some are better than others. All are the same after awhile! In a few minutes I am landing at my new favorite...
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Too Busy to Pray?

Aunt Goldie is with the Lord now. I rode my bike past her house hundreds of times as a boy. In the summer she was almost always sitting on the...
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Christmas in Heaven?

There is a well-known song that imagines what Christmas must be like in Heaven.  In truth, Heaven is one endless season of joy.  In that beautiful place the wonder of...
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Will You Thank God Tomorrow?

Recently, an ad on the front page of the USA Today read, "WHO are you thankful for?" When most of us list the things for which we are most grateful...
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My Thanksgiving List in One Sentence

Early this morning, I woke up with one phrase on my mind.  It is repeated often in the Scripture - a familiar refrain.  One psalm in particular uses this powerful...
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A 31 Day Devotional Challenge that Could Change the Way You Approach the Bible

Two of God's most blessed servants, one hundred years apart, practiced the same devotional habit.  Both George Whitefield and George Mueller read the Bible each day on their knees.  This...
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7 Things A Blog Has Taught Me About Writing

We were standing in a bookstore surrounded by thousands of good books when I asked the question: "How do you begin writing?"  The advice of one of my spiritual fathers...
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Dealing with “Down Time”

Down times can often be down times.  Activity, or lack of it, has a great deal of effect on our emotions.  The closing days of a year are a very...
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Victory Over Temptation

We all want to live in victory over sin.  The key to victory over sin is learning victory over temptation.  "Resist small beginnings", a wise man once said.  Deal with...
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How to Speak “A Good Word”

Someone once said in my presence, "Be kind to others.  Everybody is having a hard time."They were right.We all have our struggles and you may be surprised at the people...
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Reflections on our World Mission Conference

We have a lot of conferences and special meetings at Temple Baptist Church and Crown College.  Without a doubt, the meeting we have just concluded was one of the richest...
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A Word for Young People About Parents

Like most children, when I was very young, I memorized the Ten Commandments.  The fifth commandment says, “Honour thy father and thy mother.”  It is repeated eight times in the...
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Christianity is a Crutch

Recently I was in Vancouver, British Columbia for a meeting.  On Saturday night I had a little time alone at the hotel and decided to do the Christian (and Canadian)...
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Pop Culture and Pop Christianity

Pop culture has received a great deal of attention in recent years.  Television and the Internet gave it momentum and the proliferation of social media has only increased its influence. ...
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New Beginnings

Today we open the doors of Crown College for its 23rd year.  I remember well the day 19 years ago this week when I showed up at Crown College for...
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The Power of History

I live around history...and I love it.  Just outside my office at Crown College is a 30,000 square foot Christian Heritage Center.  For me, history is alive and exciting.  Yet...
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A Remedy for Every Fear

Google the word phobia.  Fear has reached epidemic proportions.  Millions of Americans live in fear every day.  Worse, many believers have become content with allowing fear to control their lives. The first...
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Lessons God Is Teaching Me about My Family – Part 2

Home is the greatest classroom on earth...and not just for the children.  Every day there is more to learn, and our failures serve to remind us that we have not...
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An Example For Every Man

Why is the temptation of Jesus Christ given to us in Scripture?  We know that our Lord was without sin.  In fact, as God, it was impossible for Him to...
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Reflecting On Another Year of God’s Goodness

My elders were right when they said the years go faster as you get older.  I am sitting here this morning reflecting on another year of God's goodness in my...
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My Favorite Bible Passages

Frank Boreham was a pastor in New Zealand about a century ago.  He had been trained in Charles Spurgeon's Pastors' College, being the last student personally admitted by Mr. Spurgeon....
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A Word for Those Who Love Young People

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6 For many years I have heard this...
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The Same Things

The ancient city of Athens was famous for its schools and emphasis on philosophy.  When the Apostle Paul  arrived there he simply preached the same gospel message that he preached...
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The Power of the Tongue

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  Proverbs 18:21 This world has known the power of liberty,...