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Four elements

Do you often find yourself in situations where you are asking God to "get you out" instead of asking God, "What do you want me to get out of this?" The disciples were constantly watching Jesus do miracles. Every day was new. There were healings going on, the dead were rising, the blind were seeing, the deaf hearing, the cripples walking, storms were calmed. One day after another they saw Jesus doing these things and more in their midst.

November 22, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Just a thought

Your effectiveness in ministry (and anyone who is "in Christ" has some) comes down to four basic elements:

November 15, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


To know Jesus

Why are you attracted to Jesus? One author suggests that we are attracted to Jesus because He is the real deal.

November 08, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Just a Thought: Examine Your Heart

Just a Thought: Going from a demonized state to deliverance, we see a terrible story with a happy ending. Well sort of. Luke takes us on a journey with Jesus to a place where we meet a man under the control of demons so much so that he has become wild, hopelessly and helplessly a prisoner of Satan's power. That is until he meets Jesus. We see here that even the one who is severely dominated by the demonic is not out of the reach of the delivering power of Jesus. When the man meets Jesus, Jesus cast the ...

November 01, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Examine your heart

Jesus. Jesus. You say it. Say it again. Say it out loud and repeat His name several times. The old Gaither song is right, there is just something about that name. "Master, Savior, like the springtime after the rain…" It is the name we call upon for salvation. It is the name we call upon for cleansing of sin. It is the name we call upon in times of fear. And it is the name we call upon to strengthen our faith. Jesus knows our deepest secrets, He knows our greatest struggles, He knows the things that shake our foundation ...

October 25, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Stephens: Miracles still happen, at times in new ways

Decades had come and gone, and for Russ McElveen it seemed that there were important people in his family he would never see again. Then came the miracles of the past year or so that brought a son and two sisters back into his life. After 60 years he made contact with two of his sisters and after 45 years he was reconnect with a son. Have you ever thought that someone was gone from your life forever.

October 18, 2014 | E. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Burnham: Examine your heart

How's your heart?

October 18, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Just a thought: All you do

What difference do you make to the Kingdom work God is doing around you? Some may feel they don't contribute much, but let's remember all the members of the body are essential for the body to function properly. Just because you don't preach or teach doesn't mean you're unimportant. If you are serving God, using your spirit given gifts and serving for the honor and glory of God, you are essential! When you consider the ministry of Jesus, it is easy to focus on those out in front such as Jesus and the disciples. But ...

October 04, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


Beloved, Be Loving

"Dearly Beloved…" That's the way I started out my last wedding sermon. I know it's a little bit of a throwback. We don't call too many people "beloved" anymore, but I hope you know what I mean. Today, I want to think about why that's a perfect way to greet one another…"beloved".

September 25, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


In doubt

What a prison self consciousness can be. When I think of those "would be" Christians if they could just find someone to express the love of God and acceptance to them. In Luke 7, we read the story of a self-righteous Pharisee who invites Jesus to dinner and an encounter with a prostitute. (Odd mix I know) but it is kind of like Christians in the world with judgmental spirits or worse how sinners are made to feel (if) or when they walk into the church building. You have heard people say, "Well if I went to church the ceiling ...

September 25, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists


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Scharf: This changes things!

It wasn't fair.

March 04, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Calling God to task

"When I get to heaven, God and I are going to have a few words," a friend of mine once said.

March 04, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


Dees: Was Jesus a Liberal?

One of the phrases that you will hear from time to time in the news media is, "Jesus was a liberal," meaning that Jesus was left winged in his political thought. Many political pundits will say that when one reads the New Testament, it is obvious that Jesus was socialistic in his thinking, and that if he walked the earth today, he would surely be among those on the political left.

March 03, 2011 | By Jason Dees | Columnists


Scharf: Do Not Worry!

"Is this stuff going on in Egypt a sign of the end of the world?" "If I lose my job, we'll never make it." "I'm worried that we'll lose our house." "What does all this mean for our kids?" "I can't take one more loss. I'll lose my mind!"

February 25, 2011 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


About Faith: Perseverance

Caltech recently broke a 26-year, 310-game losing streak by beating Occidental in a Division III basketball game.

February 25, 2011 | Brian Dale | Columnists


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


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