April 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

The Last Supper eaten by Jesus and His disciples the night before He went to the cross was the Passover meal (Pesach in Hebrew) in remembrance of the night Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. It is one of the most sacred and widely observed Jewish holidays. The Jews were instructed to mark the top and sides of their doorposts with the blood of an unblemished sacrifice lamb. When the death angel saw the blood, he passed over that house and did not kill the first born child in the house. First born animals were also protected by the blood. Death of the first born throughout the land of Egypt was the tenth and final plague sent by God against Pharaoh and Egypt. As a result of this plague, Pharaoh finally permitted the Hebrew slaves to leave...

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April 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Laura Woolf Houle
Guest Columnist

I was recently listening to a devotional about Jonah and his unenthusiastic, reluctant mission to warn the city of Nineveh of pending damnation if they did not repent and turn their hearts back to God.  Growing up in a Christian home and going to church and Sunday school each week, I had heard this story dozens of times.  I’ve always thought, “Wow!  Nineveh must have been a horrible place, filled with awful, devious, sinful, wretched people who probably deserved what they had coming to them.”

As I listened to the devotional this past time, it struck me like a 2 X 4.  America is Nineveh!  The things they did are probably comparable to the things we are ...

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April 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

I read an article on one of the news feeds that Meghan Markle says she and her husband, Prince Harry, plan to take a “fluid approach to gender” when it comes to raising their child. Really? The idea is that Meghan and Harry will let their child choose with which gender, male or female (or genderless), he/she identifies. The royals are not the only ones choosing this way of raising their children. It is very trendy these days among millennials and Gen X’ers.

Is transgenderism or gender fluidity possible and does the Bible say anything about them? Science tells us that no matter what is done to transgenderize the body through drugs, surgery, or dress, God has hard-wired men and women to be either male or female. Science ...

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April 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Let’s talk border walls. I know it’s controversial but it’s worth bringing the light of scripture to bear on all controversial subjects. I don’t expect the secular media to base their views on the Bible but Christians can and should. The Bible should be our basis for information on all topics. God has spoken through His Word and we dare not ignore what He has to say.

Our president, Donald Trump, made a campaign pledge to build a border wall all along the southern border of the United States. Why would he make such a promise? Why is a border wall between the United States and Mexico needed? Here are my thoughts. The border wall is needed because hundreds of thousands of immigrants cross the border into the United ...

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March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 AM

The Titanic set out from Southampton, England on April 10th 1912. Two stops were made at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland to pick up more passengers prior to the Titanic’s final departure to New York. There were 2,240 souls on board on April 11th. She sailed the most direct route to New York through the North Atlantic and made good time until she reached a point about 400 miles south of the Grand Banks off the coast of Newfoundland. The Titanic was equipped with a telegraph, a relatively recent addition to ships and had been advised that there were icebergs in the vicinity, but the messages were mostly unheeded.1 After all, the ship was  “unsinkable.”

The Titanic carried some of the most important and ...

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March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 AM

You know who they are, don’t you? They are people you know who avoid conflict at any cost. They are afraid of conflict even though counselors and psychologists tell us that conflict is a “backdoor blessing.” They say that because it forces us to face issues in our lives or relationships and make changes.

Let me say something up front, no one likes conflict.  The issue, however, is not the conflict itself but how you handle the conflict. Conflict handled well can cause growth, resolution of problems, and deeper relationships. Conflict handled poorly can result in even greater division.

Facing conflict and dealing with it is risky. You risk alienating the other person, becoming emotionally out-of-control, doing or ...

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March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 AM

Like many of you, Elsie and I in the past have found ourselves in search of a new church. Finding a “good” church is hard. There aren’t a lot of churches in our area that meet the criteria I list below. So though the pickins be slim, what should you and I look for in a church before settling in and calling it home? Here are seven criteria I look for in a church:

1.      Bible preaching. Does the pastor practice expository preaching of the Bible? What I mean by that is does he proclaim the meaning of a passage of scripture in the Bible and tell us how to apply it to our everyday lives? In my opinion the best type of expository preaching takes a book of the Bible and carefully proclaims the truth of...

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March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 AM

All those struggling with sexual purity are vulnerable to sinning especially under certain conditions. We call these conditions “triggers” because they can lead (“trigger”) us to sexually act out.  Sexual acting out becomes a form of medication that elevates your mood and makes you temporarily feel better. If you’re a Christian, the sexual “high” wears off quickly and the feelings of guilt, shame, and self-condemnation flood in.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the acronym H.A.L.T.?  The letters H.A.L.T. are frequently used by Alcoholics Anonymous. AA says they stand for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. These four are conditions which make those battling alcohol addiction particularly ...

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February 1, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

He approached me as I walked toward the door; an old friend for many years. We embraced and exchanged pleasantries. Before parting he said, “Irv, you are one of the few men I know who are finishing well.” I was flattered by his words but a bit perplexed. What does it mean to “finish well” and why am I one of the few men to do it? I searched the scriptures to learn of others who finished well to gain insight on what the Bible would call “finishing well.”

Jesus was the first one to whom I went. If anyone finished well it was Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless, spotless life above reproach, completely keeping the Law. In the Garden of Gethsemane He prayed to finish well. “My Father, if it is possible ...

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February 1, 2019 @ 7:00 AM

As soon as the Christmas decorations come down, the Valentine decorations go up. I love that! I love that there are still red decorations after Christmas. How drab everything would be if there were no red hearts.

February is also known for the birthdays of two famous presidents. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, and George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. Both men are pivotal pillars of American history. Both men were perfectly placed in the timeline of American history at just the right time. It is doubtful that any other men could have served our young nation as well. They were each born “For such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) I believe it is appropriate that they are associated with the month of red ...

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