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Owens: Hurry up and wait

For Spring Break my wife and I decided to take a trip to Baltimore. The trip went great until the terrible weather on that Wednesday ...

April 23, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Owens: Purging Perjury

My four-year-old has a very vivid imagination and coming from a family of intellectuals and creatives, my wife and I try to allow space for ...

March 26, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


Redman: Closer than a brother

How close are you willing to get with people?

March 12, 2017 | Isaac Redman | Religion


Butts: A quick lesson in geometry and God

"Where are you at right now?" This is a question I often ask myself. I am not talking about physically; I don't get lost ...

March 05, 2017 | Andy Butts | Religion


Owens: Showing true hospitality

One of the proudest parts of my life after being a husband, father and pastor is being an educator. I currently serve as a physical ...

February 26, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion


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Burnham: You can never fool God

"You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people, all of the time."

We have all heard that quote, but here is another: "You can never fool God or yourself." Those two always know the "real" truth. So, let's ask the tough question, "Are you for real?" Or you do look like you have it all together on the outside, but on the inside you're not who others really think you are? May I remind you, God sees and knows all things. His name "El Shaddi" means "One ...

January 03, 2013 | William Burnham Pastor of Point of Grace Church | Religion


Dees: A new year to evaluate

Are you a New Year's resolution maker? Or are you someone who used to make New Year's resolutions but never kept them and so now you don't even bother? Wherever you fall on this paradigm, a New Year is a good thing. It is a great time to evaluate your life and to make adjustments if needed. There is an old adage that rings true, "A life not evaluated is not worth living."

January 03, 2013 | Jason Dees | Religion


McCoy: The basic essentials

"Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?" [Jesus] replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.

January 03, 2013 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Looking back

"Therefore, as God's choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other."

December 27, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


The word made flesh

Wives, do you wish your husbands were better communicators? Guys, do you wish your wives didn't read things into what you say that were never there? You know what I'm talking about.

December 27, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Does Walmart have more money than God?

In 2011, Walmart's total worldwide net sales total topped $418 billion with $309 billion coming from sales within the United States. You read that correctly, $418 and $309 billion. If Walmart were a country, its GDP for 2011 would have edged out the entire GDP of Austria, making it the 27th wealthiest nation in the world. Walmart's commitment to always giving the consumer the low price has paid off and Walmart's revenue will likely only continue to rise.

December 27, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


What should Christians do with Santa?

I am always asked this time of year, "What should Christians do with Santa?" In America, Christmas has become a time of incredible materialism that is driven by companies doing whatever they can to take advantage of holiday shopping, and Santa Claus has become the symbol of this consumerism. Therefore, some Christian families feel that Santa takes the focus of Christmas away from Jesus. So what should Christians do?

December 20, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


Who knew?

"Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, And they will call him, Emmanuel (God with us)."

December 20, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Blessed are you

You can tell a lot by a gift's reaction, can't you? - about the gift, the giver, the receiver, their relationship. So, since reactions to gifts are so important - think about your reaction to the greatest gift of Christmas -Jesus.

December 20, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


It’s a wonderful life

Every Christmas, I look forward to watching, once again, "It's a Wonderful Life." I love seeing George Bailey in that most wonderful moment when realizing that he has his life back says, "My mouth's bleeding Burt, my mouth's bleeding!" The lead character in this 1946 classic learns the wonderful truth that what is most valuable in life isn't riches, fame, or adventure, but rather relationships. George Bailey learns that a good family and true friends will bring a man more happiness than worldly success. It is true that relationships are the most important aspect of our ...

December 13, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


Exercising your spiritual muscles

"We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. This hope doesn't put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

December 13, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


Scharf: Are you ready?

It's getting closer. The end of the Mayan calendar has caused so many to talk about the end of the world. They say it will be next Friday, Dec. 21. Of course, God said we wouldn't know when - but we do know he's coming. So it is important to ask if you're ready. Are you?

December 13, 2012 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Religion


Dees: What is Advent?

I remember being a little boy watching families in my church light Advent candles on the Sundays leading up to Christmas and not really having any idea what they were doing or why they were doing it. You may have been a part of an Advent service in the past and had similar questions so let me take me in these few words answer the question, What is Advent?

The word advent comes from the Latin adventus which means "coming." It is a time for the church to commemorate the first coming of Christ and to look forward to his ...

December 06, 2012 | Jason Dees | Religion


Burnham: Lady wisdom

"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. (Prov 31:10)

How intimidating it would be to stand side by side with perfection in a room full of mirrors. Every flaw we have would be drastically exposed. I imagine it is much like a woman reading Prov. 31. So lets take a different look at this passage ladies. First, there is a difference between "perfection" and "exemplification." In other words, instead of comparing oneself to the virtuous woman, use her as an example to which you model your character and inward beauty after.

December 06, 2012 | William Burnham | Religion


McCoy: The voices of Christmas

"Comfort, comfort my people! says your God. Speak compassionately to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended, that her penalty has been paid, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins! A voice is crying out: "Clear the Lord's way in the desert! Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!"

December 06, 2012 | Jan McCoy | Religion


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