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Is the solar eclipse part of the end of the world? No, it is not!

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Solar eclipses in themselves do not portend anything related to the end of this age. When people make comments about the solar eclipse being a harbinger of the end times, they end up looking silly. More importantly, they make the truth of Bible prophecy look silly. This is no small matter...

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Change

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125 years ago, East White Oak began. This work started because some visionary people saw that changing the way that things were being done would be more effective than staying on the same course. Openness to change is a sign that we are alive. God has designed human beings to grow and mature...

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Is God Stingy?

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Why does God give laws in the Bible? We too easily craft the wrong reason, namely that God is a cosmic killjoy, stingy and making life as restrictive as possible. Eve was the first person to imagine this. Do you know the first command God gave to people? If you think it was, “Don’t...

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The Case for the Nations (or Why Do We Have an Immigration Problem?)

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I am hearing a lot these days about the importance of uniting the people of the world. In the immigration debate, some have expressed that it is a national duty to welcome down trodden people into one’s country, most especially because there is no real right to have an established border...

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The Third Way: Beyond Escape and Beyond Despair

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The headlines these days are difficult to read without the loss of innocence. One of the more contentious presidential elections in generations, the unabated battle against terrorism, the decline of moral sensibilities so that our culture cannot even say that there are only two...

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A Little Lesson in Bunny Trails

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There are many bunny trails that a pastor goes through when preparing a sermon.  It is not always profitable.  Lots of stuff concludes in a dead end.  BUT the journey is too important; the task of sermonizing is too significant simply to hurry through. I believe in the verbal...

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Race in America and the Golden Rule

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Almost everyone knows the "Golden Rule." Its best form, of course, comes from the lips of the Lord Jesus, "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12). In fact, we think that we know it so well that it almost has no...

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On Being a Pastor for 30 Years

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Today, I have been a pastor for exactly 30 years. (written June 22, 2016) I have a profound sense of joy. Joy at the privilege of being a preacher of the Gospel and God’s Word. Joy at how I have seen the Lord hold fast on to me, when dangers, toils, and snares were within me and all...

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The Joy & Challenge of Community

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"Let's go to church!" When we say something like that, we usually mean that we are going to a church building for a worship service. However, the "church" is not a building; and it is not only a worship service. Jesus Christ’s church is a living, vibrant expression of Jesus Christ that the...

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Refining the Focus of Our Church

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I once had a friend explain to me how he became lost while driving. He said that he did not know how to get to where he was going. He noticed that there was a car ahead of him that "looked like it knew where it was going." So, he followed it! Needless to say, following that car caused my friend...

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