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“I watched the flag pass by one day; it fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform, so young, so tall, so proud; with hair cut square and eyes alert, he’d stand out in any crowd.

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A verse that’s on my mind often today as I look around our nation and the world is II Timothy 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.”

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Fictional genies with lamps usually offer you three wishes. From a wishing well, you might get one. Teachers sometimes assign students to write an essay on what one thing they would ask for if they could get anything. And many of us sometimes sit and ponder that question: “If I was given one…

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Our Wednesday small group Bible study recently completed a study of the seven churches of Revelation chapters 2 and 3. In these two chapters, God speaks directly to seven actual churches in Asia Minor and by extension to all of the true local fellowships (which are part of the one true churc…

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“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11)

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This weekend marks the most important days of all human history, and indeed, the midpoint of eternity! Everything in eternity past looked forward to these days and everything in eternity future looks back on it. It is only because of what occurred in Jerusalem over these days that there is a…

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Too many Christians look and act like they were baptized in dill pickle juice and look like there is no fun or joy in the Christian life.

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Doctors and psychologists tell us that laughter is indeed good for us, physically, mentally and emotionally. And the Bible says that “a merry heart does good, like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). Too many Christians go around looking and acting like they were baptized in dill pickle juice and …

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Amnesia, a partial or total loss of memory, has causes that include disease and trauma. America and much of the world is suffering from amnesia, but not physical or psychological. It is a spiritual amnesia.

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I ventured into a store on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day and I was overrun by people buying flowers, candy, cards and other items to show their love.

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This past Sunday was Valentine’s Day. The Saturday before I ventured into one of our large stores; mistake! I was overrun by those purchasing flowers, candy, cards and other items to “show their love” to their Valentines!

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We are sad to report that this will be the last Church Talk column. Thank you for your faithfulness in reading this each week. Okay, that’s not real, at least not today. But one day you will be hard pressed to find discussions of Biblical truth in any publication, on-line production, televis…

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Our church is taking the children a Bible lesson and activity sheet in the local public school each week through Good News Club.

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For at least a year, we’ve had our thoughts on the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The disease has captured news reports, papers and magazines. It has gotten the attention of governmental leaders of all levels. And each day on the news we see the number of new cases and additional deaths.

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I don’t remember the first time I heard the word “COVID-19” or coronavirus, and I expect you don’t either. I just remember that late last winter it came crashing into our vocabulary in a big way. I do remember our elders talking about “closing” church, something I was dead set against at tha…

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“Another year is dawning! Dear Father, let it be, in working or in waiting, another year with Thee; another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast; another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

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“Another year is dawning! Dear Father, let it be, in working or in waiting, another year with Thee; another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast; another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

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If you or I were asked to go to the Bible and read the Christmas story, we’d probably immediately turn to Matthew chapters 1 and 2 or Luke chapters 1 and 2.But the Apostle Paul also told the story of the Incarnation in Galatians 4:4-7: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth …

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Since humans began to form groups or communities, soon after creation and again after the flood of Noah’s day, each group has its own set of rules of conduct, either written or oral.

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Since humans began to form groups or communities, soon after creation and again after the flood of Noah’s day, each group has its own set of rules of conduct, either written or oral. These rules set the acceptable standard of behavior expected by members of that group. Many if not most of th…

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I saw a couple of plaques in stores recently. One said “What if you have today only what you thanked God for yesterday?” Hmmm, something to think about. The other said, “Thank God for what you have; trust God for what you need!” Very true.

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Last Saturday was a very unusual day in Washington D.C when two large prayer gatherings of Christians came to town at a time when the need has never been greater.

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This past Saturday was a very unusual day in Washington, D.C. Two large prayer gatherings of Christians came to town at a time when the need has never been greater.

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In less than two months, America will have another major election, electing a president, vice president and many members of Congress as well as state and local leaders.

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“Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth and song; as the burdens press, and the cares distress, and the way grows weary and long?

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“Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth and song; as the burdens press, and the cares distress, and the way grows weary and long?

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Yes, it was 19 years ago, but I remember it well. It was a Tuesday and I was teaching at Conway Christian School. As I came out of class, a television had been set up in the gymnasium and we were glued to it “for the duration”.

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“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

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“For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” (Romans 12:4-5)

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In December 1944, things were bleak for the U.S. 101st Airborne in Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. The 101st was surrounded by German troops, outnumbered, outgunned and running out of supplies. On Dec. 22, the German commander sent a terse directive to the Americans that de…

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In December 1944, things were bleak for the US 101st Airborne in Bastogne, Belgium as the “Battle of the Bulge” was ongoing.

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In 1914, the Morton Salt Company adopted the familiar logo and slogan: “When it rains, it pours," letting the consumer know that their product will still pour in dampness and humidity.

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I guess it doesn’t take a lot to amaze me, but I am utterly in awe of the indisputable fact that God loves me and loves all of us. I understand God loving His original creation and Adam and Eve, handmade in His own image. But after the fall? Why would He still love them? And you and me with …

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“Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong; they are weak but He is strong.

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As human beings we are prone to want to find blame for things that go wrong, in our world or in our lives.

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I remember it well, and it doesn’t seem that long ago…but I guess it was. Over four months ago, our church elders met to discuss the possible closing of church due to this “COVID pandemic,” a fairly new term back then.

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I remember it well, but it doesn’t seem that long ago…but I guess it was. Over four months ago our church elders met to discuss the possible closing of church due to this “COVID pandemic” (a fairly new term “way” back then).

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When you hear the name Aesop you immediately remember his many fables, stories about animals, fruits and other ordinary things from nature that had a deeper, more abstract meaning.

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When you hear the name Aesop you immediately remember his many “fables”, stories about animals, fruits and other ordinary things from nature that had a deeper, more abstract meaning (hare and tortoise; fox and grapes).

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Happy Father’s Day! In the days before cell phones, internet and Facebook, it was said that the day of the year with the most phone calls home was Mother’s Day and the day with the most “collect” phone calls home was Father’s Day.

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“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up. You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.

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Today America is struggling again in a bitter battle against a disease more deadly than COVID-19 or any other known illness or disease.

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It’s really hard for me to believe this, but next month marks 50 years since my high school graduation (boy, I must have been a young graduate?)! Yet, I still remember that evening. We marched into the auditorium of Hinton High School (Hinton, WVa) to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance”, 166…