Commentary

Nihilism: Refuge of Those Without Hope

  1. 22nd February 2018
  2. Brian Pomicter

Years ago, a television ad posed the question “If you’re going nowhere today, where will you be tomorrow?” I was impressed by its message since, as a young teen, I was at that age where the mind starts to mature and focus more on the future. As we grow up, we inevitably look beyond the current day and develop a "game plan" for life.

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The Origin and Future of Suffering

  1. 20th February 2018
  2. Wyatt Ciesielka

War. Terrorism. Kidnappings and killings. Disease epidemics. Increasing atrocities around the world are causing more people to ask, why suffering? Why would a loving God allow kidnapping, rape, torture, murder and war? Why would He allow death and damage from earthquakes, tsunamis and other weather disasters? Why the ravages of disease? How could He allow...

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The Ultimate Loss

  1. 17th February 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

Profound sadness is the deep emotion one feels when we learn of the death of a child of tender years. It is an emotion that once gripped me strongly, when I learned of the death of two children, ages nine and twelve, a little boy and a girl having fun in the snow, sledding and doing what kids do until—they fell through the ice in a pond and drowned. One was...

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The Faith of Children

  1. 15th February 2018
  2. Mike DeSimone

The night was black and stormy and the wind was furious. To my twelve-year-old eyes there was only one hope. I had just discovered I had lost an overvalued $20 bill earlier in the day as I was strolling home from a neighborhood friend’s house. I had worked hard to earn the money, and had a burning desire to get it back. So I prayed to God, asking Him to allow me...

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God Did NOT Say "Be My Valentine!"

  1. 13th February 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

The sign in a church yard caught my eye as I drove by: “XOXOXOXO Be my Valentine. Love, God.” X’s and O’s are commonly used to represent “kisses” and “hugs” when writing romantic notes. Valentine’s Day is a religious holiday for some, but to most it is secular—a day of romance, exchanging cards expressing love, and giving gifts of chocolates and flowers.

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How to Redeem the Time

  1. 10th February 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

The older we get, the truer is the statement “Time flies!” It is 2018, and we still get 24 hours every day to use as we see fit. How can we best use the time we have? Those of us who are older may feel more urgency as we wonder: “How much time do I have left? And what should I do with that time?” I remember going back to my parent’s home for a visit, 35 to 40...

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Of Grace and Obedience

  1. 08th February 2018
  2. Wyatt Ciesielka

Can we obtain salvation by our own efforts? If we obtain salvation, is it true that we are “once saved, always saved”? Many people are confused about the truth behind these doctrines. Scripture tells us that a Christian is justified by grace (Titus 3:7). So, what does it mean that we must not lose what we have worked for (2 John 1:8)? If justification is by...

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For Want of a Nail

  1. 06th February 2018
  2. Roger Meyer (guest columnist)

One proverb I read early in life was titled, “For Want of a Nail.” It shows the difference a little thing can make. A little thing can make the difference between life and death! Numerous stories, proverbs and wise sayings teach that small things can bring serious consequences. There are various versions of the proverb titled “For Want of a Nail,” but a basic...

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Jailbirds

  1. 03rd February 2018
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

Most people have not actually been inside a jail. It’s not a place that anyone wants to be. Yet, jails are filling up and new ones can’t be built fast enough. Local, state and federal penal systems are strained beyond capacity, and they struggle for increases in their budgets to meet the demands placed upon their institutions.

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Judas' Death and Biblical Inerrancy

  1. 01st February 2018
  2. Wyatt Ciesielka

Critics sometimes point to supposed "Bible contradictions" to assert that Christianity is based on a flawed and untrustworthy canon, and that Scripture is not inspired. One such "contradiction" involves the accounts of Judas’ death in Matthew 27:5 and Acts 1:18. Do these passages actually contradict each other? Is the Bible really trustworthy in all points?

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