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Great Moments in Forgiveness

Great Moments in Forgiveness

Forgiveness is more than a mere thought or theory. It originates deep inside but it carries little value until it comes out in action. Here are a few great out comings:

A.D. 33 (approximately):

From the cross, the dying Jesus Christ said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23: 34).

A.D. 34 – 36?

A believer in Jesus named Barnabas brought Saul of Tarsus (a brutal persecutor of Christians) ...

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Love Lessons!

Love Lessons!

What can we learn about true “love” from Samson and Delilah? (If you need to be refreshed on their story, read Judges 16).

  1. “Love” is not enough. Samson “fell in love” with Delilah (Judges 16:4, NIV). But love (or was it lust?) without wisdom got him into big trouble. Always be sure to add wisdom to your love.
  2. Real love is priceless. Delilah was enticed by an enormous amount of money to deceive Samson. Watch ...
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Top Ten Classic Paintings

Top Ten Classic Paintings

I may want to change this list tomorrow, but for today, here are the ten greatest paintings of all time, in my humble opinion.

  1. Samson (and Delilah), 1887, by Solomon Joseph Solomon (English, 1860-1927), oil on canvas, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. See Judges 16. Samson is under intense assault by Philistines as the delighted, vindictive Delilah taunts him with his severed hair in her hand.
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Only Human

Only Human

“I am not an animal!” This was the exasperated cry of a severely deformed human being called The Elephant Man in a 1980 film of that name based on the life of Joseph Merrick (1862–1890). Merrick’s appearance made him a visual spectacle and a source of perverse entertainment. In one scene, his futile effort to escape a crowd of curious tormenters acting like animals ended with his hood pulled off and Merrick desperately affirming ...

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Insane Faith!

Insane Faith!

Insanity is often defined as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result. Some attribute this saying to Albert Einstein. Others credit the ancient Chinese, or Ben Franklin or Alcoholics Anonymous. Who knows? In any case, this adage has become ubiquitous in our time.

My Mom often admonished my brothers and me, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Was she driving us insane? Sometimes I think it’s insane ...

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Things That Matter

Things That Matter

“Only if we put first things first, we can truly enjoy ‘second things.’”
(Things That Matter, by the faculty of the Austin Graduate School of Theology)

1. The Glory and Honor of God:

When Satan said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?” (Job 1:9), God’s honor was besmirched. He allowed Job’s loyalty and love to be put to a cosmic test because God’s honor was even more important than Job’s happiness. The most important thing ...

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The Agency of the Holy Spirit

The Agency of the Holy Spirit

(A ‘Top Ten’ list, plus two, by Joel Solliday)

The Holy Spirit is…

    1. A Free Agent! We cannot contain the Holy Spirit nor do our expectations control Him. Jesus said, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8). And He freely distributes spiritual gifts “as he ...
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Top 10 Movies Portraying Conversion

Top 10 Movies Portraying Conversion

Many great movies involve a theme that is dear to the heart of all believers—that people CAN change. Biology is not destiny. We do not have to remain what we thought we were programmed to be by nature, nurture or circumstances. There is hope. We can be changed for good by a power that transcends whatever is keeping us stuck in our ruts. Below are my favorite conversion movies, in ...

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Top 10 Westerns

Top 10 Westerns

The Western movie is a uniquely American invention.  I like them, in part, because I like sermons.  In their own way, most Westerns preach on such themes as justice, courage, right over wrong, manliness, protection and a pioneer spirit—qualities we see in decline today.  They honor the rugged individual, but often in ways the call that individual to self-sacrifice for the good of the family or community.  The selections below are merely my own favorites, ...

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Top 10 People Who Impressed Jesus

Top 10 People Who Impressed Jesus

Jesus was sometimes disgusted with people, from the Scribes and Pharisees to his own disciples. He could get mighty miffed over hypocrisy, self-righteousness, greed, and inexcusable faithlessness. But what sort of people and attitudes impressed Jesus? Here are some examples (listed in no particular order):

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