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Just a thought: The Golden Rule

Is the "Golden Rule" biblical? Yes, but not because it is a "golden rule" but rather because it is a "Kingdom principle." Many people miss the point here. They want to live by the golden rule (and that's fine), but not really according to the Kingdom rule. Ah yes, we are talking about the pickers and the choosers. Jesus asked it this way: "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Lk. 6:46) In other words; "Why do you call me Lord when in reality I am not your Lord?" or, "Why ...

August 28, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Blessed to serve

You call yourself a Christian, right? You do realize that just by doing that, you are taking on a very specific job description. You are now "His witnesses". You are the "light of the world" and the "salt of the earth". You are "Christ's ambassadors", a "holy priesthood" you are to be "Declaring the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light". Do I have to go on? Realize it - you have a job, whether you like it or not, you are blessed to serve. There is no such thing as a part ...

August 28, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Get your hands dirty

The church is failing in a big way! Yes I am aware God has, and continues to use, the church to reach the lost and minister to the world in mighty ways. However, one of the greatest and most foundational tasks given to the church by Christ is one of the things the church is neglecting the most - "discipleship." I have often said, "We are outraged at the idea of someone abandoning a newborn and we should be, but yet the church does this everyday to those who are newly born again."

August 21, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


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Dale: Judge Not

"Judge not, that you be not judged, for with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

We love these words that Jesus spoke in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:12). But as with many of his lessons, this one is prone to misapplication. Many trip over it and rise from the dust to follow a different path. Others pull this arrow out of their quiver to fire back at judgmental Christians.

February 18, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Scharf: Love!

Did you have a good Valentine's Day? Did you celebrate the love of your life? I hope you did.

February 18, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Grace Notes: Savior’s Sermon: Be who you are

Maybe you've heard this story about the guy that the Super Bowl trophy is named after.

February 11, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Dale: Can’t wait for spring!

We have recently endured our third snowfall of the year in Newton County.

February 11, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: The Savior’s sermon: Blessed are you

Who is Jesus?

February 03, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: The cry of the heart

What does the heart do when it is full of sorrow? It cries out, and the cry of the heart is a song.

February 03, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes: Look to the lamb of God

"Look the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."

January 30, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Dale: About Faith - Consider the lilies

I recently came across a blog that said "Live each day like it's your last, and one day you'll be right." Someone might counter, "I live each day like I have all the time in the world, and so far, I've been right every time." Both of these observations are correct, but we recognize the wisdom in the first and the folly in the second. Time well spent is time cherished; time poorly spent leaves us with a stockpile of regret.

January 28, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Yarbrough: Speaker’s Thanksgiving trip was a turkey

I wonder if our intrepid public servants at the Gold Dome understand how arrogant and out-of-touch they look to We the Unwashed - or if they even care.

January 26, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists


Scharf: Revelation

Have you ever been confused by the Bible?

January 21, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Durusau: Want reform? Throw all the rascals out

Health care reform or rather an alleged repeal of health care reform is in the news.

January 21, 2011 | Patrick Durusau | Columnists


Brian Dale: Living in the Present

The beginning of January always carries with it certain rituals for me. I clean out my files, both paper and electronic, and replace the batteries in the smoke detectors. I review my insurance policies and start preparing my annual report to the IRS.

January 20, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Grace Notes - What's it Worth?

If you remember the story of the wise men from Matthew 2, you probably remember that they did something that might strike you as a little odd. They brought stupendously valuable gifts to a baby, gold and incense and myrrh. And these three kings, these powerful, influential, important men, bowed to a child.

January 14, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith - The Girls Come to Town

I have two granddaughters, Maia and Audrey, who light up my life. I treasure their sweet smiles and big hugs.

January 14, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Brian Dale: Lessons in a Cross

While on a mission trip to Honduras, I visited a gift shop that featured handmade items from the local community. I wanted to support the economy of that village, still struggling to pull itself out of the mire left behind by Hurricane Mitch. Some rustic earthenware might be a nice addition to my ceramic collection, I thought. But there among the pots was an ornate wooden cross, obviously handmade out of native wood and intricately carved with a coping saw. "How much is this cross?" I asked the clerk. Her answer told me more about how much the cross was ...

January 07, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


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