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Name Calling

The late E.V. Hill, a pastor from California and a popular speaker, had a sign in front of his church that read, “Conservative, liberal, militant.” One day somebody asked him what it meant.

He replied, “Conservative means we believe every word of the Bible. Liberal means we’ll give our coat to any man that needs it.  Militant means we aren’t waiting for the devil to bring the battle to...

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Honesty in Business

A news article once told of a large feedlot that overpaid about $140,000 for feed grain due to an electronic “butcher’s thumb.” An electronic gadget operated by remote control was suspected of making grain truck scales at the lot register more grain than actually was delivered.

The newspaper said a 75-pound weight allegedly was attached to the scales under the truck weighing area, with...

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Marriage and Divorce

There is a great deal of talk nowadays about reforming or abolishing marriage. Some psychologists are saying that marriage as it now exists is failing to meet the needs of modern society and that we have put the cart before the horse in the past. They say we have been forcing men and women to conform to the mold of marriage, when what we should be doing is changing marriage to suit the convenie...

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Our Mistakes Lose It

Announcing an earlier Dallas Cowboys football game, Brad Sham said as he analyzed the Cowboys’ mistakes, “If they could just keep from slipping in their own drool (nonsense) they would be a pretty good team.” He had referenced the fact that Cowboys kept making foolish mistakes and penalizing themselves. The end result was a losing season up to that point.

Jimmy Johnson used to say to th...

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Much Given – Much Required

We all have certain abilities, and what we have we ought to use to the maximum.

Paul “Bear” Bryant was the legendary coach of the University of Alabama and Texas A&M. He said there are four types of players:  those with ability and they know it; those with ability and they don’t know it; those who don’t have ability and they know it; those who don’t have ability and they don’t know it....

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Some Things to be Thankful For

This Thanksgiving season many people are having a hard time. Maybe you are one of them. Here’s something to think about on Thanksgiving: if we could shrink the population of the earth to a village of 100 people, it would look like this:

  • Fifty-one would be female, forty-nine would be male
  • Seventy would be non-white, thirty would be white
  • Seventy would be non-Ch...

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Rising Above Mediocrity

Dan Bagby, a fellow pastor, once asked his seven-year-old daughter what she wanted to be when she grew up. That’s a hard question for a seven-year-old to answer. Her answer was even more surprising. She said, “I want to be like my brother.”  He was fourteen at the time. Then she added a word that Bagby didn't even know she knew: “...mediocre.”  

Mediocrity, being satisfied with less tha...

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Saving for a Rainy Day

Comedian George Burns said, “People tell me I should save for a rainy day. But with my luck it will never rain and I’ll be stuck with all that money.”

In most lives some rain does fall. It helps to be ready when that happens. The Bible teaches, “The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.” (Proverbs 21:20)

The late Charlie Shedd, the wonderful...

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He Left It All

W.T. Waggoner, a Texas rancher and Deputy Secretary of Defense under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, was one of the richest men in America. Among his assets was the largest fenced ranch in America, covering 535,000 acres of land. He is said to have once took a businessman on a tour of his ranch. He pointed north and said, “You can ride 50 miles in that direction and you will still be on my land...

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Today's Devotional

The Trustworthiness of Christ

Some startling claims have been made for Jesus Christ. He is acclaimed as the Son of God and the universal Savior of all men. But how do we know that these claims are true and not fairytales or nursery rhymes? How can we be sure Jesus is trustworthy? There are at least three reasons:

1. His universal appeal and magnetism. Jesus is the most fascinating person who ever lived. He has had a unique appeal to people of all classes, cultures, and ages. By common consent, the character of Jesus surpasses that found in any other person. No other character has caught and held the attention of people like he has. Such an unusual and magnetic appeal merits an unusual explanation. The claims must be true.

2. His effects on history. He has energized history as no other person. The test of pragmatism says of the Christian faith: “It works.” Wherever his message has gone, great changes have occurred. Marriages have become more sacred, women have been elevated, education has been stressed, children have been loved more, slaves have been freed, and hospitals have been built. There is more than a chance that reality is behind any person who can hold such positive qualities or religious character that bless our world.

3. Reliable historical records. What we have in the New Testament is a reliable historical witness on par with other historical events. The apostle Paul, who wrote so much about Christ, was an outstanding intellect and intensely educated. His mind could not have been easily captured by hallucination.

The combined evidence is weighty indeed. Jesus is trustworthy. You can believe in him.

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