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Today we celebrate Independence Day as the United States of America! July 4, 2021 marks our country’s 245th birthday! For on this day in 1776 our founders adopted the Declaration of Independence – formally separating from Great Britain. Family get-togethers. Fireworks and sparklers. BBQ’s and cookouts. Red, white and blue attire. Parades and festivals. Parks and long walks. Whatever you do and however you enjoy the day, for the American …

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Once, while conversing with a homosexual friend, I was asked, in so many words, what I thought about homosexuality. I told him very simply that God says in His Word, the Bible, that any sexual activity outside the marriage relationship between a man and woman is wrong or sinful. For example, I shared that if I lust after a woman, Jesus calls that “heart adultery.” In fact, I noted …

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Once I was witnessing to Don (not his real name) a friend of my sister-in-law. We were having an engaging dialogue about spiritual things. After I asked Don about his spiritual orientation, he said he leaned toward Hinduism, which was his parents orientation. I asked Don if he wanted to experience nirvana, and he responded in the affirmative. In Hinduism and Buddhism, nirvana is the highest state that someone …

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Soon after I became a believer in 1987, I called a good friend of mine, Greg, who was a powerful witness in my journey to faith. I told him I’d become a Christian, and he said, “Great. You’ve got to tell your family.”  In near disbelief at what my ears were hearing, I responded– “What?” He then said, “You must tell your family.” I confess I was a “closet Christian” …

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Religious polarization is the act of finding the disagreements in religious beliefs and on that basis separating ourselves from those of differing beliefs. It is the idea of moving to opposite ends of a spectrum. In America this polarization is on the rise. As one Christian commentator noted: “The United States’ mushy Christian middle is disappearing faster than fried chicken at a church fellowship as Americans coalesce around the …

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Inspiration is a powerful tool that can lead to action. As a young tennis player I would be moved watching my favorite tennis players on television. Following a match on television I was greatly motivated to head to the courts and try imitating my heroes. John McEnroe, the top-ranked player in the world from 1981-1984, was my favorite player. His passion for the game and artistry in which he …

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During my youth my father patterned a good work ethic for me to follow. I remember him on more than one occasion saying, “Kid, there are no free lunches.” It was his way of telling me that if I wanted something, I’d have to work to get it. In other words, I’d have to earn it.  So simple, yet so profound and fundamental to life on this earth. We …

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Discrimination is a good thing! Whoa! What do I mean by that, you may wonder? Well, let’s define the word and unpack the context of the statement, which is also good!  Discrimination: recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.  There’s a simple definition. The context of the statement for our purpose is discriminating between biblical Christianity and all other religions. In that light, Paul, in …

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Purim is the Jewish holiday commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman’s wicked plot to exterminate the Jewish people during the reign of the Persian King Ahasuerus. The events surrounding Purim take place in 483 BC. On the Hebrew calendar Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, which happens to begin tonight, March 25 on our calendar. We find the story in the Old Testament …

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Being a competitive tennis player and coach for many years, I learned that focus and perspective are critical to being successful.  The main thing in tennis is watching the ball. It’s simple, but not necessarily easy. In fact, something so fundamental can be taken for granted. While coaching at East Tennessee State University in the mid-1990s, I was doing an individual workout with Sonny, one of our team members. …

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