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Parents say strange things. Mama did!

“Parents say strange things.” That’s what I told my older sister, Louise, when Mama passed up all of the good pieces of fried chicken and said, “I prefer the neck.” Years later I realized Mama didn’t really preferred the neck. In those days our family of six was so poor that Mama always took less

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Been to Bethlehem? I almost drove right by

“Let’s Go to Bethlehem” “When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the

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8 Things to NEVER Say When Your Friend Hurts

Do you know what to say when someone is in serious emotional and spiritual pain? When Jonathan McComb lost his wife, Laura, and their two children in the Texas Hill Country flood, friends wondered what they should say. When a man’s heart and mind are shattered and in shock, sometimes what he needs more than

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Willpower. A Popular, Ungodly Lie.

She asked sincerely, “I want to change what I’m doing. Is my willpower powerful enough?” Your willpower is powerful, but it’s not all-powerful. One of our most self-deceptive, self-destructive, and yet widespread beliefs is, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” Sometimes, it’s said this way, “If you will it, you can do

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Is What You’re Doing Right or Wrong? 5 Classic Tests.

5 Classic Tests for What Is Moral or Immoral   Is it ever right to kill, buy illegal drugs, get a divorce, abort a fetus, or sell your body to make a living? Have you noticed that these and other moral questions get contradictory answers? How do you know if what you’re doing is moral

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Do you know when no one should be ALONE?

No one should have to go through some things alone. But far too often they do. No one should have to die alone. No one should have to be alone when a loved one dies. No one should have to be alone to hear, “You have terminal cancer.”   I’m sure you can add other

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Christians Murdered. How Do They Stay Faithful to the End?

The unwanted but permanent images of the brutal beheadings of faithful Christians by Islamic Extremists have been etched into our minds. In the face of such horror, we hear a repeated question from Christians and non-Christians. “How do they remain faithful to Christ while facing suffering and death?   The question is not new. Since

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10 Things to Do To Hear God’s Voice

During a counseling session, a woman told me that God told her to kill her unfaithful husband. A physician, who had a stable, successful practice, told his wife that God told him to leave his practice and go to India as a medical missionary. His wife did not agree. How can we be sure we

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