Archive for October 2018

The Grim Reaper

There’s far less crying during the wake that precedes a funeral, at least in the cases I’ve experienced. I guess it’s at the funeral that the finality of death really sinks in, but even at the wake you know the person has exited this life. That wasn’t always the case before modern medical knowledge, when…

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Punishing Evil

Now in custody, an anti-Semitic man entered a Pittsburgh synagogue this morning with an assault rifle and three handguns before opening fire. As with so many mass murderers before him, our current criminal justice system won’t give him a punishment that fits the crime. While every decent person can agree they deserve punishment, how much…

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Fabricated Doctrines

Jesus is usually depicted as a man with long hair and a beard, but no one today knows what He looked like. He may have discouraged a portrait being made of Him so that people wouldn’t decide to “worship the work of their own hands” (Isa. 2:8). Since Jesus was God manifested in the flesh…

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The Unknown

I’ve adjusted very well after having spent most of my adult life in prison. I still think back to my fateful decision in 2005 to go to my victim’s house when he saw me in a store and asked me to come over. He was someone from my past who I knew would be a…

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Overcoming Addiction

I once heard about a McDonald’s employee hiding marijuana in a Happy Meal bag and mistakenly giving it to a customer who unhappily returned it. I would’ve had a much different reaction had I been the customer several years in the past, because no traditional Happy Meal would have made me happier. But come to…

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Bad Company

Have you ever been speeding downward on a roller coaster and had that uneasy feeling in your stomach as your internal organs take time to catch up with the rest of your body? To me that’s enjoyable excitement, but it’s different when that feeling comes from worry. Sometimes my worry was almost that bad in…

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Baptism of the Holy Ghost

After so many years of wanting to experience what was experienced on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), I finally did. Saturday night I was baptized with the Holy Ghost while praying at a revival. That is, God took control of my tongue as I was praying and I spoke in a language unknown to…

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Misconceptions

People who say Christopher Columbus was the first European to reach the Americas are unaware that the Vikings had been there centuries earlier, and Columbus himself never claimed to discover new lands not because he knew this, but because he insisted his whole life that they were Asia’s Indies. Thinking he’d reached these lands that…

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Poisoned Souls

If good intentions could pose no danger, most countries wouldn’t have banned leaded gasoline. Sure, engine knock was eliminated when lead was added to gas, but it was also a poisonous impurity that polluted the air. Fortunately, most vehicles are back to using unleaded gas. I wish the same could be said for unaltered doctrine…

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