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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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Christians You Should Know: William Bradford

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that...
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Christians You Should Know: C.T. Studd

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” – Luke 19:10 A Snapshot of the Life of C.T. Studd: Born: Dec. 2,...
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Christians You Should Know: Richard Wurmbrand

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” –...
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Christians You Should Know: Susannah Spurgeon

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” – Isaiah 41:10 A Snapshot of the Life of Susannah Spurgeon: Born: January 15, 1832 Died: October 22,...
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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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Christians You Should Know: J.C. Ryle

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” – Hebrews 10:24 A Snapshot of the Life of John Charles Ryle: Born: May 10, 1816...
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Christians You Should Know: John Leland

“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” – Proverbs 30:5 A Snapshot of the Life of John Leland: Born:...
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Christians You Should Know: George Müller

“I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” – Psalm 81:10 A Snapshot of...
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Christians You Should Know: Peter Marshall

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”...
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Christians You Should Know: Amy Carmichael

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37 A Snapshot of the Life of Amy Carmichael: Born: Dec. 16, 1867 - Millisle, Northern Ireland Died:  Jan. 18, 1951 - Dohnavur,...
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GUEST POST: Moody’s Great Impact Upon My Life

”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 A Snapshot...
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Christians You Should Know: Adoniram Judson

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length,...
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Christians You Should Know: George Whitefield

"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Marvel not that I said unto...
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Christians You Should Know: George Washington

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” – Proverbs 29:2 A Snapshot of the Life of George Washington: Born:...
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Christians You Should Know: John Newton

“And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.” –...
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Christians You Should Know: Nicholas von Zinzendorf

"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." - Philippians 3:10 A Snapshot of the...
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Christians You Should Know: Charles Spurgeon

"For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." - 2 Corinthians 13:8 A Snapshot of the Life of Charles Spurgeon: Born: June 19, 1834, in Kelvedon,...
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Christians You Should Know: David Livingstone

“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:20 A Snapshot...
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Christians You Should Know: Raymund Lull

“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” – Romans 5:5 A Snapshot...
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Christians You Should Know: William Wilberforce

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." - Galatians 6:9 A Snapshot of the Life of William...
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Christians You Should Know: John Harper

"...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." - Acts 16:31 A Snapshot of the Life of John Harper: Born: May 29, 1872, in Houston, Scotland Died: April 14, 1912,...
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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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Christians You Should Know: G. Campbell Morgan

“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 A Snapshot of the Life...
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Christians You Should Know: Jim Elliot

"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps." - Proverbs 16:9 A Snapshot of the Life of Jim Elliot: Born: Oct. 8, 1927, in Portland, Oregon Died: Jan....
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Christians You Should Know: Lady Jane Grey

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." - Proverbs 18:10 A Snapshot of the Life of Lady Jane Grey: Born:...
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Christians You Should Know: JC Penney

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." - Luke 6:31 A Snapshot of the Life of James Cash Penney: Born: Sept....
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Christians You Should Know: Eric Liddell

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee...
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Christians You Should Know: Hudson Taylor

"And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God." - Mark 11:22 A Snapshot of the Life of Hudson Taylor: Born: May 21, 1832, in Barnsley; England Died: June 3,...
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Christians You Should Know: Polycarp

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly...
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Christians You Should Know: Corrie ten Boom

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalm 91:1 A Snapshot of the Life of Corrie ten...
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Christians You Should Know: John Bunyan

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the...
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Christians You Should Know: Booker T. Washington

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve...
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Christians You Should Know: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." - Matthew 16:24 A Snapshot...
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Christians You Should Know: William Borden

"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." - 2...
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Hymn History: Jesus I Am Resting, Resting

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at...
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Hymn History: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

We have been thrilled to share a series of brief accounts of how some of the great hymns of our faith were written. Each synopsis has been compiled through the...
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Hymn History: Go Tell It on the Mountain

The Christmas season can be one of the most joyful and heartwarming times of the year. Families meet together, gifts are exchanged, the wonderful Christmas carols are sung. We as...
Silent Night

Hymn History: Silent Night

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." - Luke 2:8 We have been thrilled to share a series...
Count your Blessings

Hymn History: Count Your Blessings

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” - Psalm...
Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah

Hymn History: Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah

"Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.  And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to...
I Gave My Life for Thee

Hymn History: I Gave My Life for Thee

Francis Ridley Havergal was a famous hymn-writer and singer. Raised in a preacher's home, her talent was recognized very early in life. Her father was both a faithful pastor and...
Be Thou My Vision

Hymn History: Be Thou My Vision

“But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.” - Psalm 141:8 Eochaid is not a name you hear...
Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Hymn History: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

“It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion,...
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Hymn History: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

“...looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at...
Rscue the Perishing

Hymn History: Rescue the Perishing

“And of some have compassion, making a difference:  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” - Jude 22-23...
Near to the Heart of God

Hymn History: Near to the Heart of God

"The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth." - Psalm 145:18 We are thrilled to share a series of brief...
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Hymn History: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." - 1 Peter 1:18-19 We are thrilled to share a series of brief accounts of how some of the...
Sweet By and By

Hymn History: Sweet By and By

"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."  - John 14:2 We are thrilled...
Hymn History My Savior First of All

Hymn History: My Savior First of All

"As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." - Psalm 17:15 We are thrilled to share a series of...
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Hymn History: Blest Be the Tie the Binds

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard,...
I'd Rather Have Jesus

Hymn History: I’d Rather Have Jesus

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to...
Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

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...
He Leadeth Me

Hymn History: He Leadeth Me

"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he...
I Will Sing of My Redeemer

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...
Hold the Fort

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...
Rock of Ages

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...
He Keeps Me Singing

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...
Jesus Paid It All

Hymn History: Jesus Paid It All

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious...
Have I Done My Best for Jesus?

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...
Hymn Histories - Day By Day

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...
What A Friend We Have In Jesus

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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Hymn History: Come Thou Fount

"For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."  1 Peter 2:25 We are thrilled to share a series of...
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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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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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5 Books To Read On Great Leaders

Leadership has become a buzzword in our culture. Without a doubt there can be an unhealthy, man-centered, humanistic emphasis on leadership. Yet a careful student of history must admit that...
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5 Books To Read On Powerful Preachers

This is hard for me. The lives of so many faithful ministers have ministered to me through the years! Yet as I look at my shelves and consider the ones...
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5 Books To Read For Fun

Reading is not just for information! It can be a healthy habit and constructive distraction for busy people. While I spend much of my reading time in research and study...
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5 Books to Read About America

I love America. God has been gracious to our land and I thank the Lord for the privilege of being born in this country. Like so many of you, I...
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5 Books To Read On Great Christians

Every Christian should read biography. Through the years God has used the story of believers in history to both instruct and inspire me. First, let me say that not every...
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5 Books on Revival

Many of God's people believe that we are on the verge of a revival in our day. There is a disruption of norms, a hunger for God, a deep sense...
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Help For Life And For Death

He was only 39 years old when he died, but he looked much older. War will do that to a man. His death by human logic was unnecessary and untimely...
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Stirrings In The City

This week I am preaching at the historic Sixth Avenue Bible Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY. This beautiful 150-year old church is the continuing fruit of a faithful man. Robert...
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Your Favorite Christmas Song?

They have been playing in our home for nearly a month now... You know the ones! Songs of the season. Christmas carols. It seems the whole world begins to sing...
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Who Was Patrick?

People around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with little thought of the man for which the day is named. In fact, much of what is associated with Patrick is...
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An Exciting Announcement: Journey With Moody

The life and ministry of D.L. Moody has always been a great challenge to me. This humble servant of God knew the power of the Holy Spirit and was used...
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Great Minds Or Great Hearts?

Early this week I was in Fort Myers, Florida. One afternoon between meetings I had the joy of visiting Thomas Edison’s and Henry Ford’s winter homes. It was fascinating to...
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Seeing Through The Eyes Of The Blind

It has been my privilege to have several blind friends. As a college student I met a blind young man who had read several times through the Scriptures using his...
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A Man Who Learned To Enjoy The Journey

They were called "the Big Red Machine" when I was a little boy. It was the days before the baseball strike and before Pete Rose was kicked out of the...
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“Tell Me About The Great Churches!”

The First Baptist Church in America, Providence, RI It is something I hear often. People are interested in the “great churches” in our generation. What are...
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Lincoln’s Letter: April 7, 1865

In just a few days Lincoln would "belong to the ages." His life, like the Civil War, was soon to end. The final stages of battle were underway. [caption id="attachment_6814"...
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The Influence of Evangelist Billy Graham

Like so many days, I am flying through the Charlotte, North Carolina airport this morning. Four miles from the terminal a private memorial service is being held for the most...
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Tribute to An Encourager

There are a few men who are admired by believers of all backgrounds. These are special men. Men who make an impact far outside their immediate realm of influence. They...
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GUEST POST: “A Goodly Heritage”

My first guest author this year is my pastor and hero. He has been my best friend all of my life. I am grateful for dad's testimony of faithfulness. He...
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The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

Christmas and New Year are a time for family and fun. But for a believer it is a season of faith. A time to turn our eyes to Christ and...
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“The Greatest Thing In The World” by Henry Drummond

What is the greatest thing in all the world? Henry Drummond was a Scottish evangelist who was mightily used of the Lord. D.L. Moody called him the most Christ-like young...
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You Have To Read This!

Every week I read things that I think are helpful. Often I recommend these resources to others or quote a particularly helpful statement from an author. Occasionally I read something...
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The Danger of Erasing History

In 1948, Winston Churchill said to the House of Commons, "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Our own nation is in the midst of a revolution....
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Amy Carmichael’s Dream

Amy Carmichael was an amazing servant of Christ. As a young woman she sat in a meeting where D.L. Moody was preaching on the elder brother of Luke 15. When...
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A Christmas Letter from the Writer of Amazing Grace

You will be tempted not to finish reading this post. Could I ask you now to read to the very end? I have just completed a wonderful biography on the...
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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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A Goodly Heritage

  It all started in the mountain state so near to my own heart. Anna Jarvis began to send carnations to her local church in Grafton, West Virginia in honor...
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Lessons Learned on My Daily Run

Running has become for me many things. It is a means to stay in shape, a stress reliever, time to think. Recently it has become a classroom in which the...
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Why I Thank God for My 6th Grade Teacher

Teachers are powerful people.  This month thousands of teachers will be recognized.  Few will be appreciated as they deserve. As I think over my elementary, junior high, high school, college,...
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5 Must-Read Biographies

W. Robertson Nicoll, a famous author in his own right, once said, "I have for years read every biography I could lay my hands on, and not one has failed...
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My Thoughts on the Last Night of the Year

It was a joy to be with our church family tonight in the last hours of 2014.  We came to the Lord's table together and our hearts were turned toward...