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OUR CHURCH IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!

I know. The title sounds harsh and, perhaps, un-Christ like. But please hear me out. The Oldham Lane Church of Christ, where I am blessed to serve, has experienced tremendous…
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A LIFE WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS

Virtually every time you turn on the T.V. you see a drug commercial. Whether it be Abilify, Humira, Xeljanz, Eliquis, etc., the drug companies are saturating the television advertising market.…
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SOME FRIENDLY SUGGESTIONS FOR THE CHURCH VISITOR

I am blessed to serve at a church that is very loving and welcoming. We have had many visitors to our assembly who have raved about the reception they received.…
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No! God Didn’t Need Another Angel in Heaven…And Other Ridiculous Things We Need to Stop Saying to Those Who Are Grieving!

I see it far too often. Sincere, well-meaning individuals who, in an effort to comfort the grieving, end up saying something that causes further damage. Things like: "What a blessing…
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The Most Misinterpreted Verse in the Bible?

We see it on bumper stickers, inspirational posters, and graduation cards. We see it embroidered on pillows or tattooed on a person’s body. It’s the words of the Lord as…
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Ruined By Hope

The photo above was taken by Kevin Carter. It won a Pulitzer Prize and was awarded Picture of the Year by The American Magazine. Disturbing, isn’t it? It depicts a Sudanese…
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Be Careful Using Proverbs 22:6 to Judge One’s Parenting!

"Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6 Here’s what many think Proverbs 22:6 is…
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Why “Just Be Yourself” is Terrible Advice!

Somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of a closet in my home, there’s a high school yearbook. In that yearbook are little notes of encouragement that were written to me…
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NO. MONEY IS NOT THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!

How many times have you seen it on a church sign, or tattooed on someone’s body? Perhaps you’ve heard a preacher or a Bible class teacher say the words. MONEY…
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I AM WHAT I DESPISE; THEREFORE, I MUST FORGIVE!

Do you ever watch action movies where, in the beginning of the film, the hero’s wife was killed by the bad guy, or his daughter was kidnapped (that’s pretty much…
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STOP HITTING THE BALL INTO THE NET!

About five years ago, my son picked up the game of tennis. Although he had never played, he fell in love with the sport. I knew very little about tennis,…
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WHAT YOUR PREACHER NEEDS FROM YOU

Who ministers to the minister? Many times the preacher can feel like he’s all alone on a deserted island, left to deal with the stresses and strains of ministry in…
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Don’t Miss the Headline!

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. On their fifth attempt, the plane embarked on a 12-second flight. Wilbur rushed to…
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THE CHURCH WAS MEANT TO MOVE!

Change is not easy. Change usually requires one to step out, sometimes way out, of their comfort zone. Change typically means working harder. Change demands that one set aside personal…
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Be Careful Giving God ALL the Credit

Many well-intended Christians struggle to find the right words to say to one who is hurting. They see their brother or sister-in-Christ dealing with grief and they feel compelled to…
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Being Good Isn’t Good Enough

Former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, once stated in an interview that he has little doubt about what awaits him in eternity. Citing his work on gun control,…
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What Your Preacher Needs from You

Who ministers to the minister? Many times the preacher can feel like he’s all alone on a deserted island, left to deal with the stresses and strains of ministry in…
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Money is NOT the Root of All Evil

How many times have you seen it on a church sign, or tattooed on someone’s body? Perhaps you’ve heard a preacher or a Bible class teacher say the words. MONEY…
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Will God Never Give You More Than You Can Handle?

There are certain phrases that have seeped into our consciousness. Trite little sayings. Pithy clichés that have been repeated with such regularity that we just assume they are true, even Biblical.…
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God is Watching You…And That’s A Good Thing!

I’ve never been a fan of the song "There’s An All-Seeing Eye Watching You." I’m not one who believes that the song book is sacred and, therefore, we have to…
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Watch Your Mouth

Karen Carpenter was an amazing vocalist who made up one-half of the popular singing duo, The Carpenters, along with her brother Richard. Sadly, Karen’s life was cut short as she…
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How to Listen to a Sermon

Listening is a skill that requires one to actively participate with the one who is doing the talking. The listener must pay attention. The listener must concentrate on what the…
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My Problem with the Phrase, “Everything Happens for a Reason”

Many well-intended Christians struggle to find the right words to say to one who is hurting. They see their brother or sister-in-Christ dealing with grief and they feel compelled to…
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How Do You Respond to the “Check Engine” Light?

One of the most frustrating sights on my vehicle dashboard is the “Check Engine” light. The problem is not necessarily the light itself. It’s the fact that the light can…
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Our Church is Not for Everyone

I know. The title sounds harsh and, perhaps, un-Christ like. But please hear me out. The Oldham Lane Church of Christ, where I am blessed to serve, has experienced tremendous…
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Everything in Moderation?

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. I’m sure you have heard this statement before. Many well-intentioned folks, even Christians, have used this statement as a mantra for living. But what message is being…
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To Be Continued…

Since 1986, Bill Buckner’s name has been linked to, perhaps, the most disappointing moment in the storied history of the Boston Red Sox. Facing a formidable New York Mets squad,…
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Runaway Plane

Payne Stewart was a professional golfer known for his signature knickerbockers and ivy cap. He was very popular with the spectators who loved his attire and appreciated his beautiful swing.…
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