Just Add Water

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Many years ago, there were TV commercials introducing instant coffee, instant tea, instant gravy, and instant soups.  “Just add water!” was the tagline.  It was such a wonderous thing to have immediate access to foods and beverages that used to take 30 minutes to hours to prepare. On our recent…

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But There’s More

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The day that I came to know Jesus as my Savior was the greatest day of my life.  Ecstasy, love and peace that I had never experienced completely overshadowed the horrible days that preceded it.  This was a mountaintop experience I never wanted to leave, and believed could never be…

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Responsibility for Government

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We live in a nation of the people, by the people and for the people – a republic, where supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, including an elected president.  Why then, do so many people feel oppressed by governing officials who seem to be making…

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Today’s Contrarian

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Several weeks ago, our son attended a heavy metal concert with some friends.  As adults with respectable careers, they decided to relive their wild days by dressing like the band in Goth clothing and make-up.  Their preconcert photo featured two friends as Goths, flanking our son in the middle, who…

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Crossing the Great Divide

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Great divides show up everywhere from schools of thought to geological terrains, but when a great divide occurs between friends, it can be very painful.  Most of us have experienced this unfortunate circumstance.  The well-intended friends who comforted Job by sitting with him in silence for seven days while he…

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The Way of Forgiveness

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As the authority on forgiveness, Jesus had a lot to say about it at a time when people had very little understanding and almost no experience in the subject.  The 613 laws of the Jews did an effective job highlighting sin. But as the people understood it, only God could…

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400:1 Ratio

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When Israel was divided into two kingdoms, Jehoshaphat, a king who faithfully followed the Lord, ruled Judah, while Ahab, a king who worshipped Baal, ruled over Israel.  The two Israelite nations had previously warred against each other, but now were allied through a royal marriage.  So when Ahab wanted to…

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Where is the Starting Line?

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“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,a stronghold in times of trouble. 10Those who know Your name trust in You,for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You. 12For He who avenges blood remembers;He does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.” —Psalm 9:9-10, 12 This is a…

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