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    Made New

    EAT HEALTHIER               EXERCISE MORE                SAVE MORE MONEYThese are obviously very common New Year’s Resolutions that are made every year as people strive to look, feel, be, and do better – “A new year, a new you” as the saying goes. But does it really take a new year to make a new us? Does there need to be a new us?   Read More...

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    The Rest of the Story…

    On Sunday January 7th, I shared the story about how I overslept when I was supposed to meet Erin’s dad to ask his blessing to marry his daughter. After receiving several questions about the rest of the story, I’ve decided to tell it publicly. But first, let’s review…It was the winter of 2014.   Read More...

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    Symbols of Victory

    “When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then God has made you an heir.” —Galatians 4:4-7It always strikes me how many people are so eager to put up Christmas decorations, and crank up the Christ...  Read More...

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    The First Time that you opened your Eyes…

    What was it like when Jesus was born? This is what we wonder year after year. This is the mystery we try to picture by using movie scenes combined with our own imagination.   Read More...

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    Shepherds

    The shepherds don’t always get a lot of spot light in the Jesus nativity narrative, yet I find their encounter and response applicable to our own Christmas preparation.Luke 2:8-20 (NIV):“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.   Read More...

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    End Comes

    During the last days of the old church year and these days of the Advent Season we hear and read about the “Last Days” as we anticipate the return of Christ. A familiar Bible phrase is "Then the end will come...." Whoa! That's a loaded statement, isn't it!  How would you react to that statement in various situations?Scenario # 1 > Your personal TV psychic informs you that you will win a $50 million dollar power ball lottery while driving through west Texas, then ...  Read More...

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    BE CONTENT

    I rushed down the stairs quickly but quietly. The Christmas tree was lit, and the whole room was crowded with piles of presents. Christmas Day.   Read More...

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    Titanic

    Milton Snavely Hershey is the man behind Hershey, Pennsylvania and the industry that would pursue and change chocolate candy for decades to come. His rags to riches story surpasses defeating odds and even an early death. Hershey was born in 1857 to an unstable family due to countless moves as a result from his father’s excessive business failures.   Read More...

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    Autumn Thanks

    The crisp, cold air… the overcast days, the silence of the air conditioner, the lower electric bill, the aromatic smells of the Purina Plant wafting through the air ranging from fried chicken to fried chicken feathers, the browning Bermuda grass, the emerging beauty of golden trees, the more chaotic church schedules, the growing fanaticism of football fans, the growing interest in turkey prices: ALL ARE MARKINGS OF AUTUMN IN OKLAHOMA! How we, with autumnal nostalgia, prepare ourselve...  Read More...

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    For All The Saints

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. —Hebrews 12:1-2Rev. William W.   Read More...

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