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Don’t complain – praise God instead

Don’t complain – praise God instead

Anyone who knows me knows that I hate cold weather.

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Updated: feb. 27, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Work together to honor God

Work together to honor God

Our church is in the middle of one of the biggest projects that we ever do — a two-weekend drama known as “Judgment House.”

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Updated: feb. 26, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Did you know dishonesty can affect your health?

Did you know dishonesty can affect your health?



Have you ever been lied to?
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This boxing commercial delivers an unexpected punch

This boxing commercial delivers an unexpected punch



When confronted with danger, it can be hard to see the big picture.
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Learn to take yourself less seriously — because God does

Learn to take yourself less seriously — because God does

Funny things happen in churches. People do funny things, and sometimes funny things just happen. 

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This boxing commercial delivers an unexpected punch

This boxing commercial delivers an unexpected punch



When confronted with danger, it can be hard to see the big picture.
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Book review: American Girl of the Year 'Grace' shares her adventures in Paris

Book review: American Girl of the Year 'Grace' shares her adventures in Paris

"GRACE: Girl of the Year," by Mary Casanova, American Girl, $9.99, 200 pages (f) (ages 10 and up)
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Golden Years are more like several shades of gray

Golden Years are more like several shades of gray

I have always enjoyed getting my hair cut.
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Audio Bibles reach those in remote areas of the world who can't read

The audio Bible is often an add-on in a scripture-rich place such as America, where installing a smartphone application is a matter of a few clicks. But for believers in places where even a printed copy of the Bible isn't easily available, the evolving high-tech delivery of audio Bibles has become their first and only exposure to the holy book.
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True beauty in God's sight

True beauty in God's sight

Recently, I was sitting at a counter in our kitchen and happened to look up at a bouquet of roses I gave my wife for Valentine’s Day.

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Updated: feb. 21, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Get your payday through Jesus

Get your payday through Jesus

I am writing this column on payday. I know that some think we preachers talk too much about money. Some avoid church altogether because of that.

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Updated: feb. 20, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Jesus' true love comes from forgiveness

Jesus' true love comes from forgiveness

Often times, the love of Jesus is not seen in the lives of his creation.

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Updated: feb. 19, 2015 6:00 p.m.
What happens when this man gives out 'free hugs' to strangers?

What happens when this man gives out 'free hugs' to strangers?



Have you ever needed a hug?
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Inspirational messages ... from a dog?

Inspirational messages ... from a dog?



We could all use a pick-me-up from time to time — a friendly smile, lunch with a friend or an encouraging word.
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ValueSpeak: First steps are important when you're trying to catch a queen

ValueSpeak: First steps are important when you're trying to catch a queen

I first noticed Anita — really noticed her — at a church Valentine’s Day dance.
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Kid President explains how to make Facebook happier — and it's hilarious

Kid President explains how to make Facebook happier — and it's hilarious



Do you fill your time with negativity — making negative comments to others on social media, complaining to others or focusing on your own faults?
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Hoping for one more conversation

Hoping for one more conversation

We've lost several very good friends in the past few years, along with my mother and sister. Circumstances change with each loss, but that doesn’t mean people we have loved in our lives who have died are then gone from our thoughts. The joys of those friendships and relationships are with us as long as we have memories.
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What's love go to do with it? Everything

What's love go to do with it? Everything

Michael Bolton sang that love is a wonderful thing. And it is.  

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Updated: feb. 17, 2015 7:00 p.m.
The only way to ensure your daughter grows up to be modest

The only way to ensure your daughter grows up to be modest

As caring parents, we want to protect our children from any harm. We teach our children not to touch hot burners. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. The list of ways we teach our children to protect themselves is endless. We want them to enjoy the best lives possible.
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5 ways pastors help you get closer to God

Carlos Rodriguez is a flawed pastor, and he’s happy to have you know it.
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Faith, on Valentine's Day, a delicate affair

Faith, on Valentine's Day, a delicate affair

Taking Valentine's Day seriously — or finding a partner of compatible beliefs — can be equally challenging tasks for some.
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Spring around the corner, so it God

Spring around the corner, so it God

There is one thing I know I hate: cold weather.

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Updated: feb. 14, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Practice love all the time

Practice love all the time

Only a day until Valentine’s Day. Better place those orders, gentlemen — don’t complain to me that you were not warned.    

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Updated: feb. 13, 2015 6:00 p.m.
You'll be amazed what one man did to save abandoned babies

You'll be amazed what one man did to save abandoned babies



This video is full of what the world needs more of — heart.
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A church is taking Wal-Mart to court over gun control issue

A church is taking Wal-Mart to court over gun control issue

Wal-Mart, one of America's most ubiquitous brands, will soon square off against a church in court.
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Follow the One who has all the answers

Follow the One who has all the answers

Man, it seems, has been looking for answers since the beginning of time.

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Updated: feb. 12, 2015 6:00 p.m.
This beautiful cover of 'No One Is Alone' tells a story that brings us to tears

This beautiful cover of 'No One Is Alone' tells a story that brings us to tears



We've all felt alone at one time or another. The reality is, we never are.
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Alabama pastors dance, protest as same-sex marriage rolls out

Alabama pastors dance, protest as same-sex marriage rolls out

Local judges and their staffs in Alabama weren't the only ones dealing with questions about marriage this week after the Supreme Court refused to enjoin the practice pending a ruling. Some clergy rushed to perform same-sex weddings, while others protested the granting of civil licenses for same-sex couples to wed.
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The disappearance of dominion thinking in the Christian climate change debate

The disappearance of dominion thinking in the Christian climate change debate

In the beginning, religious leaders put little energy into biblical teachings about the environment. It was enough to know that God created an earth rich in resources and formed humans in his image to enjoy it.
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ValueSpeak: Thriving is more than simply surviving

ValueSpeak: Thriving is more than simply surviving

The doctors called it “failure to thrive.”
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Receive God's gift through His Son

Receive God's gift through His Son

Is the word “propitiate” a part of your vocabulary?

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Updated: feb. 10, 2015 6:00 p.m.


Valentine's Day — according to kids



Kids are pretty honest and upfront about their feelings. So who better to ask about the meaning of Valentine's Day?
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Weatherman turns embarrassing situation into hilarious stand-up routine



We all have times in our lives when things don't go according to plan. We lose jobs, illness befalls us or family tragedies strike. But how many of us have dealt with a train wreck on live TV?
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Why "American Sniper" is not "just a movie"

Why "American Sniper" is not "just a movie"

"American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper as a patriotic sniper serving in the Iraq War, is not “just a movie." It serves as a chilling reminder of the realities of war — a war that remains an afterthought for many Americans who weren't directly involved in the action — and the hurtful feelings many Americans still hold towards Islam.
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'Religious' objections to vaccinations? There really aren't any

'Religious' objections to vaccinations? There really aren't any

In the national debate over immunizing children, much has been said about "religious objections" to vaccines claimed by parents. Finding a religion whose tenets object to the practice, however, is difficult.
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