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Feeding sheep and being fed

I spend a lot of time these days in my garden. My Westies and I find the place endlessly entertaining. They search for toads, lizards or earthworms as I weed, water and wonder about whether this garden will produce food for our table.  Invariably as I putter around, my mind wanders back to the tables of my younger days.

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Alleluia! Jesus is Alive!

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” The words stunned Mary. These last three days were the worst days of her life. She felt a stirring of hope. Dare she hope?

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Lenten Reflections

One of the great traditions of the Christian church (for those of us who honor them) is the season of Lent. 

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The truth will make you free

My last article seems to have struck a nerve in the community, so the following seeks to further clarify differences between Evangelical Protestantism and Liberal/Modern Protestantism.

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Salina area Catholic have new bishop

Salina area Catholic have new bishop

Msgr. Edward J. Weisenburger has been named the new bishop of the Diocese of Salina.

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What is truth and how is it found?

Have you ever asked the question, “What is truth?”  One can watch politicians on television today and wonder if anyone tells the truth anymore. It seems that even children today have lost the concept of telling the truth.  So, that bodes the question for this essay, “What is truth?”

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The Spirit gives wisdom and understanding

Recently there was a column entitled “How do you view Biblical Authority?” The author started with a question and then proceeded to fill the rest of the column with assumptions and accusations and generalities which led him and perhaps others way off the mark. This is what happens when we don’t listen, or ever really talk to each other to begin with.

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Follow the lead of Jesus Christ

In Mark chapter one when Jesus calls Andrew and Simon as part of the 12 men he would entrust his ministry to after his ascension, most translations say that Jesus said to these brothers, “Follow me." And certainly, this is not terrible translation.

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Preppin' for Jesus

Everyone is hearing the new term “prepper”. (It must be a new word because spellcheck just put a red squiggly line underneath.)

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The family in the manger

CHRISTmas time is full of beautiful symbols that point us to the truth of life and eternity if we are willing to look with open eyes and open hearts. 

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Let go and live your life

Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’[f] 39 But I tell you, don’t stand up against an evil person. If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other cheek also. 40 If someone wants to sue you in court and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. 41 If someone forces you to go with him one mile, go with him two miles.

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Make time to prepare

It’s a crazy holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas, isn’t it?

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The Season of Advent

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent, the sometimes forgotten season. After all, we all know last week we celebrated two major holidays in the United States, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

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Don't miss out on Thanksgiving

As the weather changes outside and we have made it through Halloween and Veterans Day, our thoughts turn to the last Thursday in November, Thanksgiving. If you watch TV or the advertising circulars in the papers you will notice that even Thanksgiving is no longer a day for family, football and feasting — it is the Prelude for Black Friday. Where did the Day go for giving Thanks?

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Does tolerance have a limit?

According to Merriam-Webster, tolerance is defined as:

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Neither success nor failure is final

Have you ever found yourself in what you thought was an impossible situation?

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Are you Martha or Mary?

The story of Mary and Martha is found in Luke 10:38-42. Martha is busy with preparations for her guest, Jesus and his disciples, while her sister Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. When Martha complains to Jesus, he tells her that Mary has chosen what is better.

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Seasons of God

Recently I was travelling in my home state of Arkansas. As I drove through the extravagant display of fall foliage, I decided to take the long way home.

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Another Resurrection

My wife, Diane, and I recently returned to Kansas after five weeks in Germany. We spent most of our time in northeast Germany in the old Soviet zone. Not many American tourists go in that direction. In fact, we travelled for two whole weeks without meeting another American.

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'Well done, my child'

Work hard so God can say to you, “Well done.” Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work. 2 Timothy 2:15

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Christ will never change on you

There is a theme that is permeating the media, politicians, employers, and households today, and that theme is change.

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We must feed the sheep

As summer ends, so does the summer lunch program in Wilson — and it was a huge success. On the last day, two of my grandchildren enjoyed a wonderful meal and received backpacks of food for a long weekend. 

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My dog as a mentor

ecently, I found myself a little depressed. The news of the nation and the world seemed to be only about conflict, loss, famine, insecurity, war and new ways to be at odds with one another.

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Go to college and lose your faith?

As the good Christian people of our town get ready to send off another crop of high school graduates to college, they need to face the sad reality — most of those kids will not be coming back … to church. They will sit under learned professors who will subtly (or overtly) undermine, “ … the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” Our kids will be carried away by philosophy, and get lost in the haze of new ideas. Tragically, many of them will also adopt a new set of moral standards. Their sensibilities will be assailed by professors and peers alike ...

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Saving for eternal retirement

Life definitely has a series of financial chapters. After high school most people work an entry level job, begin a military career, or endure the years of being a “poor college student”. Somewhere along the journey usually comes marriage and children. Having a family brings the desire to own a place to call home. At some point we realize that we will not be able to work forever and need to save for retirement. These are all great desires. God wants us to take care of our families and be good stewards of what He has provided. 1 Timothy 5 ...

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