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The High Cost of Freedom

This past weekend our country celebrated Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. That declaration declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to King George III, and were now “united, free, and independent states.” The freedoms we enjoy in this country came at a great...

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My Happy Place

Most of us have a place in mind, a memory, an event, or an activity that we have very fond memories of, often referred to as “My Happy Place.” As a boy and into my teen years, “my happy place” was my Uncle Bill’s farm in the state of New York. The memory of visiting...

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You Are A Masterpiece

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).piece The word workmanship is “the art or skill of a workman.” The same word can also be translated as “masterpiece”. For centuries the “Mona Lisa” has been recognized as the...

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Don’t Delay

The Jordan River is approximately 156 miles long, flowing north to south thru the Sea of Galilee, eventually draining into the Dead Sea. The river is mentioned some 200 times in the Bible. Many of those references are connected with miracles and healings. John the Baptist taught on the banks of this river and baptized...

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No Pain No Gain

The term “no pain, no gain” came into prominence during the exercise boom of the 1980’s. Numerous fitness instructors repeated that phrase often in exercise videos. The original author of that phrase was actually Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in his autobiography, “there are no gains without pains.” The exercise message behind that phrase was to...

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The Encouraging Word

My wife and I went to the Atlanta airport this past week. I was surprised and saddened as it was desolate. The vast majority of shops/restaurants were closed and the tarmac, which is usually bustling with activity, was totally empty. It was a very weird experience. I thought of the multitude of people without work...

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I Don’t Understand

In 1 Corinthians 13:11, the apostle Paul writes: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:  but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  During our childhood, most of us took great pleasure in opening a coloring book and a box...

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The Seasons

I love the different seasons God has created. However, the seasons Georgia has to offer us tend to be a little different than those in several other locations. Take the season of pollen, or maybe the rainy season. These seasons are less desirable to me than others.All joking aside, isn’t it wonderful to watch the...

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ARE YOU A CHANNEL OR A RESERVOIR?

Lake Hartwell is one of the largest, most popular, and most picturesque lakes in the Southeast. It comprises some 56,000 acres and borders both Georgia and South Carolina. The lake is a reservoir, created in the early 1950’s by Hartwell Dam, located on the Savannah River. A reservoir is simply a collection place of water...

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The Greatest Response Is Love

Corrie Ten Boom and her family helped many Jews escape the holocaust, and even hid Jews in their own home. When they were discovered, they were arrested, and Corrie and her sister were sent to a concentration camp where they faced great suffering. Corrie’s sister died at age 59 in the camp. Some would say...