All In

Observing how people enter a swimming pool offers some good entertainment. The cautious will enter one small part at a time. The toenail, the big toe, the foot, the ankle, the calf . . . it can almost be painful. Then, the “all in” types plunge in and surface gasping...
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Declarations

Declarations play an important part of life in the system of justice. Making false declarations often proves costly. Such was the case for businessman Samuel Duru. He declared to airport officials $10k of the $96k in his possession. As a result, he received a six-month prison...
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Responding to God’s Discipline

God’s grace spares us from more heartache and pain than any of us deserve. God in grace also disciplines His children because He loves them (Hebrews 12). This concept makes us feel very uncomfortable. But reflecting on the hell we all deserve because of our egregious sin...
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Finding Profound in Common

Ugly and unfixable marks puncture boards struck randomly by a hammer. Words rendered without thought leave permanent wounds. A spider web backlit by the sun offers a beautiful picture of design – and the danger can be seen. So the Word of God lights the path to illuminate...
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832 Weekends

This week a clip of young athletes (approximately 1-5 years old) made its rounds in cyberspace. Focusing on the 2032 Olympics, it reminded parents that only 832 weekends remain to prepare their children for those games. Use your time wisely! But some face far fewer than 832...
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Building with Infinite Wealth

Tourist attractions normally lose their appeal for me after a visit or two. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt (or, in my case, hat). Except for one. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina stands a remarkable monument of the Gilded Age – the Biltmore...
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“How long, O Lord?”

A quick internet search of “captive in a box” yields disturbing results. Evil men do evil things. Unspeakably evil things. Insanely evil things. Harmful evil things. The same search yields incredible stories of courage, endurance, resourcefulness, and commitment to...
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Not Being Heard Hurts

“I feel like I’m talking to a brick wall.” “Nothing I say registers.” “Everything I say falls on deaf ears.” “My words are misinterpreted.” These statements reflect the frustrations of real-life relationships. Fallen,...
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Ruth Didn’t Clean Her Plate!

Being satisfied with enough often yields blessings to others. “She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied.” – Ruth 2:18 Many of us enjoy great abundance. And indulgence. Ruth ate what she needed during the day but did not...
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A Prepared Heart

Tomorrow at ECBC we will remember Jesus’ death for us on the cross and the salvation He purchased on our behalf. This time each month is one of the most important in the life our local assembly. Let me illustrate. This week, I finally pulled up the weeds in our garden. We...
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