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  • 5 ways to deal with persecution as a Christian
    5 ways to deal with persecution as a Christian
    Christian persecution is a topic that is in the headlines on almost a daily basis as of late. The terrorist group Isis has targeted Christians, beheading them, burning them alive, and committing horrible atrocities all because they believe in...
  • Joy
    Encouraging pastors and authors to self-publish
    A few months ago, my wife recommended that I read Tim Keller’s “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” from Amazon/Kindle. It cost $2.99 (presently it is $.99) and was 48 pages long. I didn’t mind its brevity or its cost...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Wednesday, March 4
    Lenten meditations: Wednesday, March 4
    As we continue our annual journey throughLent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the...
  • Fish for God
    What are you catching?
    A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, March 4, 2015“‘Follow me,’ Jesus told them, ‘and I will make you fishers of people’" – Matthew 4:19About eight months ago, the Lord gave me a dream where I was...
  • Old Scar New Skin - A Devotion
    Old Scar, New Skin - A Devotion
    Matthew 9:17 (NLT)“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”As the winds of...
  • In Christ alone
    In Christ
    Sometimes the smallest words and shortest phrases contain the most profound truths. Such is the case with the prepositional phrase, "in Christ." When a person confesses their sin, believes and accepts God's substitutionary payment...
  • Spiritual reset
    Spiritual reset
    As we go through the year, a thousand distractions take us away from God. Early Christians recognized this and began to take time before the most important season of the Christian year to fast and pray. We call it lent from an old English word for...
  • A matter of time
    Just a matter of time
    The subject of "time" is an enigma to many people. Everyone seems to know what is meant by time, but no one can define it. People complain about time going too fast or too slow, but time does not go anywhere. But neither does it "...
  • When we ask if it's constitutional instead of if it's moral something is wrong
    When we ask if it's constitutional instead of if it's moral something is wrong
    The Bible is quite clear on how we should treat foreigners, From the Old to the New Testament are many instructions on treating foreigners fairly, not oppressing them and our treatment of them even being a deciding factor between heaven and hell....
  • Cult leader finally brought to justice for sexual abuse
    Cult leader finally brought to justice for sexual abuse
    The New York Daily News reported on March 1 that 53 year old cult leader, Victor Arden Barnard of Minnesota’s River Road Fellowship has finally been arrested for sexual abuse charges against young girls in his congregation. Barnard has been...
  • Twisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock
    Blackstock's New Thriller Filled With Twists, Turns and a Lot of Heart
    It’s difficult enough to live with the consequences of your own decisions, but what do you do when those choices endanger the ones you love? In Twisted Innocence (Zondervan/ February 3, 2015/ISBN: 978-0310332367/ $15.99) beloved suspense...
  • Journey in Heaven offers a look beyond this world
    Take a walk through Heaven with author Bob Northey
    When 27-year-old Jamie finds himself walking alone and barefooted through the fog, he wonders where he is and how he got there. The discoveries he makes along the way reveal him to be en route to heaven, approaching city walls of jasper.So begins...
  • 'But I'm NOT a Wicked Stepmother!’ by Kathi Lip & Carol Boley
    'but, I'm not a Wicked Stepmother, the go-to book for step parenting success...'
    "Blended," formerly a word more associated with recipes than families, today describes ex-mom and dads with children who remarry with the expectation of “becoming one big happy family.” They often don't understand their...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Tuesday, March 3
    Lenten meditations: Tuesday, March 3
    As we continue our annual journey throughLent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the...
  • Rest in God's comfort
    Are you allowing God to comfort you?
    A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, March 3, 2015“Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.” – Isaiah 52:9 What do you do with your...