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Growing up in church all my life, I heard certain scripture verses regularly.  These are scriptures that some of you would also find familiar. You know the ones we often quote, read at … more
The world today seems to be in commotion. News is filled with accounts of war, political unrest, natural disasters and incomprehensible acts of violence.   Sadly, many of today’s issues … more
I don’t remember the first time I saw him, but his face is still imprinted on my mind. His eyes sparkled like a little boy who had a secret, although he had left childhood far behind and now … more
It is gardening season again! Recently I, perhaps like some of you, have been looking at bags and bags of material that say things like “soil pep” or “root stimulator” or … more
I used to listen to a Christian radio station that marketed itself on being positive and encouraging. This is strategic from a marketing perspective. In a world of negativity, bad news, and … more
Have you ever reached a point in your life when you seriously doubted God — his plan or reasons for allowing suffering and heartache? Trying to make sense of the “why?” question has … more
Do you find yourself humming Pomp and Circumstance this time of year? Can you visualize all the graduates dressed in their robes with huge smiles on their faces and yet a look in their eyes that … more
My wife and I were married 33 years ago this coming August 5.  Like most young couples, when we said our vows we weren’t thinking 30 or 40 years down the road. We were enamored with our … more
What’s the big deal about attending church? As long as I worship God, what does it matter if I go to church?   Over the years, several good people have mentioned their … more
We recently celebrated the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and what a blessing it is to be able to gather with the saints and proclaim that Christ is risen.  This resurrection was and … more
Easter is upon us again. When I was a child, I looked forward to dying eggs at my grandmother’s house, the egg hunt on Easter and the massive chocolate bunny that I would surely get to eat. … more
I want to thank the community of Powell for a warm welcome. Since this is my first appearance in this column, I wanted to take this entry to introduce myself and share with you how my story is part … more
When we hear the word scandalous, our minds tend to race to risque situations, of shady things that may cause our gentile, sophisticated selves to blush or become embarrassed by the sensitive nature … more
During his ministry on the earth, Jesus Christ spent his time serving and helping others. True disciples of Jesus Christ do likewise. The savior said, “By this shall all men know that ye are … more
With the price of gas going up along with everything else, and the unrest in eastern Europe, it is easy to have a bad or negative attitude. Who knows, maybe R.E.M had it right and, “It’s … more
It seems every time I have the privilege of writing the Perspectives article, something significant has recently happened in our world. Now I’m certain that it’s not as often as I … more
Have you ever thought to yourself, “My life is kind of like a pie?” No? If you’re like me, you are perhaps more likely to think, “I wish I had some pie.” But I digest … more
“Shame on you!” “You should be ashamed of yourself.” These thoughts and words are biting and heavy. When we hear them, we want to hide or cover ourselves. We all know … more
I hear a lot of the use of the word “faith” in our culture. We use the word so often it becomes like the word “love.” We seldom stop to think about what “faith” … more
Since Monday is Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided it is fitting to hear what the Apostle Paul has to say about God’s love. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV): “Love is … more
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