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Wait on the Lord in the race of life

Wait on the Lord in the race of life

I have mentioned this before in this space, but I have a deep desire to “finish well” in whatever I do. Last month, I attended a “pre-retirement” seminar sponsored by our state Baptist convention. My retirement is not just around the corner, but this was advertised as an important event for all pastors “over the age of 50.”

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Updated: may. 29, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Ex-Marine fighting court martial over displaying Bible verse at work

Ex-Marine fighting court martial over displaying Bible verse at work

A Marine, given a bad conduct discharge for refusing to remove a Bible verse she displayed at her desk, is fighting the dismissal on religious freedom grounds.
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Three parts of the Gospel of Christ

Three parts of the Gospel of Christ

What is the Gospel?

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Updated: may. 28, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Notre Dame case raises question of who decides if a law restricts religious practice

Notre Dame case raises question of who decides if a law restricts religious practice

Nearly a year after the Supreme Court ruled that a privately held corporation can, on religious grounds, refuse to provide contraceptive health insurance coverage for its employees, the issue of religious exemptions to the Affordable Care Act's mandates may again be headed for the nation's top court.
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James shares wisdom on gathering things, wealth

James shares wisdom on gathering things, wealth

A man was a regular diner at a restaurant, and the owner always did his best to please him. One day, the diner complained that he received only one piece of bread with his meal, so the waiter promptly brought him four slices.

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Updated: may. 26, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Gospel music touched B.B. King and many other stars

Gospel music touched B.B. King and many other stars

Blues guitar legend B.B. King, who died earlier this month at his Las Vegas home, wasn't the only popular musician whose work started with, or was influenced by, gospel music. Artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Elvis to Paul Simon and Katy Perry have been touched by a musical angel, too.
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Jesus wants to help your testimony

Jesus wants to help your testimony

Each of us is living out a legacy, something to be remembered for.

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Updated: may. 23, 2015 5:30 p.m.
ValueSpeak: 'The forget-me-nots of the angels' on Memorial Day

ValueSpeak: 'The forget-me-nots of the angels' on Memorial Day

It would be stretching things to suggest Memorial Day was Dad’s favorite holiday.
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Remember the One who gave us life

Remember the One who gave us life

We are approaching Memorial Day weekend, and it is sneaking up on many of us. It is a bit of a quirk that Memorial Day does not follow the last Sunday of May this year. Nevertheless, we pause this weekend to remember.  

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Updated: may. 22, 2015 5:30 p.m.
President Obama to attend 'Solidarity Sabbath' service Friday evening

President Obama to attend 'Solidarity Sabbath' service Friday evening

President Obama will be among worshippers Friday evening at a Washington, D.C., synagogue to mark "Solidarity Sabbath," in which Jews and others around the world will stand against anti-Semitism.
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Muslim refugees risk life to flee Burma's persecution

Muslim refugees risk life to flee Burma's persecution

Rohingya Muslim refugees from Burma — which now denies them citizenship — are risking their lives on the sea or in earthquake-ravaged Nepal to seek safety. The Rohingyas say they are victims of religious persecution.
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Technology for religion: good or bad?

Technology for religion: good or bad?

"The Holy Words — it matters not how I got them, it's 'have I retained them?'"
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Learn from past, let God lead you

Learn from past, let God lead you

As I’ve written before, Paul wrote, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). The Old Testament serves as a lesson to all to see how God has dealt with man and how man has dealt with God.

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Updated: may. 21, 2015 5:30 p.m.
Skydiving grandmas? You'll want to hear their wise words

Skydiving grandmas? You'll want to hear their wise words



Grandmothers have lived quite a life being kids, teens, adults and raising children from birth to adulthood. Naturally, they may be willing to take more risks, but they also have wisdom to pass along.
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Let grace of God be your destination

Let grace of God be your destination

“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” Billy Graham said this best.

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Updated: may. 19, 2015 5:00 p.m.
Pope Francis' Philly upcoming visit has homeowners renting rooms

Pope Francis' Philly upcoming visit has homeowners renting rooms

Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States in September — his first as pontiff — is maxing out available lodging in Philadelphia, where he is due to celebrate an outdoor Mass attended by between 1.5 million and 2 million people.
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Dying father gets early father-daughter wedding dance with his girls

Dying father gets early father-daughter wedding dance with his girls



Learning of a terminal diagnosis causes us to pause and focus on things that really matter in life. If you're a parent, you realize all the "firsts" you will miss in the life of your child — dates, school dances, graduations and weddings.
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About half of atheist kids find religion later in life, report shows

About half of atheist kids find religion later in life, report shows

The Pew Research Center released a report earlier this week that looked at the religious landscape of the United States.
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The difference between free speech and hate speech

The difference between free speech and hate speech

The satirical minds behind the controversial French weekly Charlie Hebdo received a standing ovation on Tuesday as they accepted the PEN American Center’s Toni and James C Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award, despite protests claiming that the magazine "violates the acceptable."
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Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Contemporary media are filled with relentlessly negative news from the Middle East: murders, kidnappings, bombings, suicide attacks, torture, brutal executions, missile attacks, air and drone strikes, failed leaders and states, anarchy, hundreds of thousands dead in wars, millions displaced and widespread human suffering.
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Make sure every day is Mother's Day

Make sure every day is Mother's Day

Last weekend, people all across America celebrated Mother’s Day. It is a time when children, husbands and churches found ways to show appreciation for what mothers do.

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Updated: may. 16, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Religion in America is changing, not dying, some observers say

Religion in America is changing, not dying, some observers say

Many of the initial reports on the Pew Research Center's study on America's changing religious landscape could leave the impression that religion is on the decline in the United States.
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What this homeless man did with his final 18 cents ‘moved’ a church

What this homeless man did with his final 18 cents ‘moved’ a church

Leaders of a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, were emotionally moved by a donation they received this week from a homeless man who donated what could have been his final 18 cents to the congregation, according to WBTV, a local news station in North Carolina.
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Listen to God during life's trials

Listen to God during life's trials

I have to share something with you: So far, the year 2015 has not been a good one for my health.  

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Updated: may. 15, 2015 6:00 p.m.


How interfaith groups are combating the rise in anti-Semitism

The rise in anti-Semitism, highlighted by murderous attacks on Jewish targets in Paris and Copenhagen earlier this year, suggests a looming concern on the global stage, and a conflict between elements of radical Islam and Jewish people. But in several corners of the world, Jews and Muslims are working together to combat the scourge, and those involved say they're seeing positive results:
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Bible-themed TV drama doubles as church sermon starter

Bible-themed TV drama doubles as church sermon starter

The popular NBC television series "A.D.: The Bible Continues" is not only a Sunday-evening must see for many viewers — they're also getting sermons based on the show's themes in church.
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Coffee shop opens its purple door to help 'street kids'

Coffee shop opens its purple door to help 'street kids'



Homelessness is a world-wide problem. Once a person finds themselves in that situation, it can be difficult to get back on their own two feet again.
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ValueSpeak: How's your technical track record?

ValueSpeak: How's your technical track record?

Not too long ago my friend — we’ll call her Geri — finished taking her final college exams. She has earned her degree one or two classes at a time. Her grandchildren are very proud.
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Sin is not God's fault; He does have cure

Sin is not God's fault; He does have cure

When God created man and woman on Day Six of the creation week, he had provided all that they needed.

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Updated: may. 14, 2015 6:00 p.m.
The kindness of a stranger toward a single mom will leave you in tears

The kindness of a stranger toward a single mom will leave you in tears



Every Friday night, a single mother and her three children eat out at a restaurant — a special family tradition. She works hard at her job and as a mother. She's also a domestic abuse survivor.
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Why the cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo will no longer draw the Prophet Muhammad

Why the cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo will no longer draw the Prophet Muhammad

Renald Luzier, a cartoonist who frequently contributes to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has decided he no longer has any interest in depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
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Mainline Protestant decline in membership as unaffiliated, Muslims and Hindus gain

Mainline Protestant decline in membership as unaffiliated, Muslims and Hindus gain

A dramatic rise in the number of spiritually "unaffiliated" Americans, mirroring a decline in the number of American Christians, has occurred in the past seven years, signaling significant changes for mainline Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church, a new report reveals.
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Community can supplement mother's love

Community can supplement mother's love

M is for the many things she gave me.

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Updated: may. 11, 2015 6:00 p.m.
National Day of Prayer draws Ludowici crowd

National Day of Prayer draws Ludowici crowd

Several groups gathered Thursday in Ludowici to observe the 64th annual National Day of Prayer.

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Updated: may. 11, 2015 2:30 p.m.
No one was coming to this girl's birthday party. Then something amazing happened

No one was coming to this girl's birthday party. Then something amazing happened



Imagine having a child who gets rejected by her peers — on her birthday. As a parent, your heart breaks for her.
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Hinesville marks National Day of Prayer

Hinesville marks National Day of Prayer

Six ministers led scores of Hinesville residents in prayer on the old courthouse steps Thursday morning in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

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Military chaplains' role evolving while under fire from critics

Military chaplains' role evolving while under fire from critics

Some 240 years after the Continental Congress authorized the presence of chaplains in the colonist's revolutionary forces, do clergy in the military still have a prayer?
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Life in Syria for Christians: teaching tolerance and harmony among the faithful

Life in Syria for Christians: teaching tolerance and harmony among the faithful

It was a chilly afternoon in January at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. In a makeshift city, thousands of Syrian families had reluctantly made their homes in tents and caravans, fleeing their country for safety. Under a cloudy and dark blue sky, I stood in front of a group of 50 kids who had gathered between several tents to attend an art and conflict-resolution workshop.
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Q&A: Raising spiritual kids in a society that has forgotten how

Today's moms and dads often treat parenting like a science, studying books, blogs and articles on how to raise well-adjusted and successful children. But, according to a new book, one important aspect of childhood may be getting lost in the shuffle: spirituality.
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You won't be disappointed in Jesus

You won't be disappointed in Jesus

On Saturday, sports fans anticipated what was promoted as “The Fight of the Century,” the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

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Updated: may. 09, 2015 5:30 p.m.

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