Providence

The lady asked, “How did you learn to summarize large bodies of thought?” It happened not by my design, but by Another. Following is my answer, but first why I began this path. The Founders of this country believed that to learn to think like great people one had to read, reread, contemplate and discuss the thoughts of great people. The Founders read the Bible, including the law and the...
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Why not pot? Why not beer? Why not live with such good cheer?

In recent years, several young adults in churches have asked me about drinking beer. A few have asked me about smoking weed. More are asking. The answer is found in perhaps a hundred different verses, all communicating the same principles. However, since one of the books I am reading through at this time is Leviticus, why not answer them there? If dusty old Leviticus answers their question,...
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A good God and bad wealth

Luke 15:1-10 Heavenly people trump earthly wealth The tax collectors and nonreligious Jews were remaining close enough to Jesus to listen to Him speak, Luke 15:1. The religious Jews, that being those in leadership, began to grumble among themselves at the behavior of Jesus. The leaders didn’t believe it was a good thing for Jesus to spend His time with people they viewed as unconcerned about the...
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The In Between

As we are celebrating Christmas, the First Advent of Jesus, I am coming to better understand something — the connection of the First Advent to the Second Advent of Jesus. This connection is meant to impact everyone who lives in between.   The First Advent God spoke through the prophets of the Old Testament to tell us there would be a First Advent, a baby was to be born, a son was to be...
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Discipleship and Bob

Another man, like Billy, who invested much time into my life is Bob. Bob went to be with the Lord is August of 2014. A mutual friend of Bob and I asked me to the following questions in April of 2015. It finally seems that the Lord has helped me to order my thoughts in a reply to the following two questions.   Could you summarize your relationship with Bob in a way that would explain how he...
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