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How About Both?

How About Both?

Hiking along the Power Line at Hell’s Gate State Park near Lewiston, Idaho, my wife and I encountered an interesting couple on the trail. Mary Ellen recognized the man as a masseuse at her chiropractor’s office. After introductions, he asked my wife, “How’s your body?”

In context, it was amusing. As the conversation continued, he made this claim: “Enlightenment comes through the body, not the mind.”

I had been rather agreeable thus far, but I could only half agree ...

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A Virtuous Woman, Who Can Find?

A Virtuous Woman, Who Can Find?
    “Who can find a virtuous woman?
    For her price is far above rubies.

    (Proverbs 31:10, KJV)

I have a wife who volunteers for hospice care, makes home and hospital visits with her minister (that’s me), prepares meals for the homeless every Thursday, works as a nurse’s aid, and finds more ways to support her husband than he ever expected. Last week, she went to Kamiah, Idaho, to help distribute vital goods to people who lost everything in a recent fire. ...

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Ten Unpopular Facts About Jesus

Ten Unpopular Facts About Jesus

Let’s get right to it:

1. Jesus was a moralist!

Just read His sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7). He exalted righteousness as a primary pursuit (Matt. 6:33). He espoused bearing good fruit and warned against bearing bad fruit (Matthew 7:17-19). He saw the increase of wickedness as a threat to love (Matt. 24:12) and had little patience for religious performers who were “full of greed and wickedness” (Luke 11:39).

2. Jesus demanded repentance!

His entire preaching career is ...

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The 4th of July is Not a Religious Holiday

The 4th of July is Not a Religious Holiday

Holidays are heritage-handles to help us carry memories, values, ideals and traditions home to our hearts and minds. Our children need these handles.

Religious holidays nourish my faith in God and focus my heart on where my ultimate hope lies—namely, in Jesus Christ and His birth, life, death and resurrection. God alone, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, deserves all my worship.

I celebrate national holidays on an entirely different level, in order to inspire and cultivate gratitude. Worship has ...

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The Real Problem!
(Suffering Vs. Temptation)

The Real Problem! <br> (Suffering Vs. Temptation)

God’s word does not teach that you will never be called on to suffer more than you can endure. Sorry.

Instead of promising that your suffering will always be bearable, the Bible promises that you will not be tempted beyond your ability to endure. There is a difference. Listen to the apostle Paul:

    No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you ...
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The Preaching Enterprise
Part III: A Timeless Message for Turbulent Times

The Preaching Enterprise <br>Part III: A Timeless Message for Turbulent Times

Christians have a message for the world. It pivots around the problem of sin and centers on Jesus as its only solution. However, our culture glorifies sin even while denying its reality. Attempts to define sin for what it is are rarely appreciated. Efforts to suppress it are disparaged as “puritanical.” This is ‘old hat.’ A brief look at four great British preachers from the 17th through 20th centuries well illustrates how common this collective unconsciousness of sin has been, ...

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