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Quotes From Spiritual Athletes Between The 4th & 7th Centuries

Here are some quotations written between the Fourth and Seventh Centuries by some powerful spiritual athletes.  They are from an amazing collection of writings — The Philokalia — Volume One.  Enjoy the quotes: “When a man has an exact knowledge … Continue reading

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The Last Thought Principle

You park your car at night; turn off the ignition; lock the door. And your car just sits there –idle–doing absolutely nothing until you’re ready to crank it up and drive it again the next day! Not so with your … Continue reading

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Blind Belief? Or Spiritual Conversion

In some Arab countries it is against the law for a person to convert to another religion than the religion of her/his birth and upbringing. However, having been raised in a particular religion is no indication of its truth or … Continue reading

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Are Sermons Effective?

Have you ever tested the effectiveness of sermons? I did. I was a brand new pastor in my first church — Mayfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky. After finishing three years of seminary, I had been preaching for about … Continue reading

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A Name For The Sunday After Thanksgiving (And Words In The Night)

Someone is naming all the days after the day set aside to give thanks to God.  Let’s see, there’s Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.  But what about the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day? I have a name … Continue reading

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I Grew Up In Church Without God

My parents tell me that when I was a toddler, I used to talk to them about God.  They didn’t go to church or have much interest in spiritual things, so they were quite surprised by my interest in God and … Continue reading

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No Intent To Repent

As I was driving recently, four words came through my mind that I had never thought in that order before.  The words were:  no intent to repent.  Those words got me started thinking.  If you look about our society, you … Continue reading

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An Alter Call

Perhaps we need an alter call.  Maybe it is time to change and make some alterations.  * Alter the way you think.  Most people never think much about their thought choices.  They tend to just go with whatever thoughts come … Continue reading

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Nashville’s Flood, Fire, & Ferocious Winds

Nashville has had a flood and it brought out the best in people.  It was so exciting to see so many people volunteer their time and give their money to help their friends, neighbors, and even strangers. After the Nashville … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Spiritual Condition

Perhaps the most dangerous spiritual condition is to sincerely believe that you are saved (right with God) when you are not.  Let me give you an example. Suppose I ship you all the tickets you need to a great event … Continue reading

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