Gaza
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What do you suppose life is like when 1.4 million people are jammed into a little strip of land only 25 miles long? Gaza these days is full of refugees, poverty, and AK-47s at the same time that it has been largely cut off from travel and trade with the rest of the world. Now controlled by the military/political party Hamas, Gaza is considered as dangerous to Israel as it was 3,400 years ago. Back then the Gaza plain was... Read More
Solstice
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The farther north you live, the more you enjoy this time of year. June days are wonderfully long, and the 21st is the longest of them all. In Wiltshire, England, 24,000 people gathered at Stonehenge to watch the sun come up over the heelstone. Some showed up just to party, but others were earnest Druids and pagans who came to celebrate and worship Mother Earth and the “sacredness” of the solstice. “Solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and... Read More
Princess Diana Again
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Well, she’s back in the news again. Princes Harry and William have asked the news media not to air footage of the terrible automobile crash that claimed their mother’s life ten years ago. What is it about her that makes her newsworthy even in death? Well, she was so beautiful, of course. Her fairy-tale wedding was watched on television by many millions. She was royalty. She had two adorable children. Let’s face it—we need princesses. Even here in America, where... Read More
Suicide Watch
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Well, he’s out. The infamous Jack Kevorkian, “Dr. Death,” was just released after eight years in prison. His crime: assisting suicides. He is defiant and unrepentant, still insisting that people should have the right to kill themselves. His views find sympathy even among some Bible believers, who know of people whose lives seem hopeless and pain-filled. From a completely human point of view, it can seem like an act of mercy to let someone take a fatal dose of a... Read More
Identifying Your Gifts
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We got a letter last week from a friend of Time of Grace, who wrote in for a little advice and prayer.  He was being encouraged to serve as the chairman of his congregation, and didn’t feel that he was a good enough public speaker.  While he loves his church and would love to serve, he’s terrified of the thought. Have you ever been pushed towards a leadership role that you really felt unequipped for? One of the tricks, one... Read More
A Necessary Evil?
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Jesus thought work was good.  He said once, “My father works, and I work.”  He pointed backwards to the six days of God’s labors building the world, and his day-by-day work sustaining everything that he made.  Jesus himself worked very hard for the salvation of the world.  He’s working now, to manage the world and bless his people. Our God blesses work.  It teaches humility and a servant attitude.  It’s a good and humbling exercise when you have to do... Read More
The Reality of Mother's Day
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Here in my part of God’s world, flowering trees are starting to explode with white and pink petals. What a perfect time of the year! It’s also Mother’s Day, and time to pay attention to mothers.  Many of us have been blessed in many ways we will never fully realize by our moms.  This Mother’s Day, spend some energy thinking about your own mom, and thanking God for the wonderful women in your life. But – also spend a little... Read More
Once Saved, Always Saved?
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A woman wrote last week with a question that might be of interest to you, too. Is it possible that your salvation is ever at risk once you’ve come to know the Lord? In a sense, “once saved, always saved” is true, because the Gospel’s message begins with universal forgiveness.  Jesus bought forgiveness for the world, past, present, and future with his blood on the cross.  One hundred percent is Christ’s work.  Satan himself can’t mess with it.  It has... Read More
It's Abuse
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With the recent shootings in Virginia, Don Imus at least is off the front pages. It would be an easy thing to criticize him for his abusive talk.  My guess is that old Don is wondering what all of the fuss is about, because he’s been talking like that for years.  He’s probably wondering who changed the rules. Abuse and contempt for other people does sell and does have a sick appeal to those who enjoy feeling superior by smacking... Read More
Love Grows Cold
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America reels at the news from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  A beautiful, peaceful campus is shattered by two violent incidents of shooting. This leaves us asking “Why?” and “What can I do about it?”  On the question of “why,” it’s both very complex and very simple at the same time.  There is so much anger in our world.  People are very absorbed in their own dramas and nurse a sense of grievance day after day.  Christians should not be surprised. ... Read More