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The Right Place at the Right Time

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Last November I took a trip to Boston, Massachusetts.I perceived the Lord wanted me there since I was getting all kinds of “Boston” signs (such as this paper cutter used at a church in Florida).To save on lodging expenses, I stayed at a hostel for two nights but didn’t sleep well due to other guests walking in our bedroom at various times.The next night I stayed at a house church in Haverhill, Massachusetts.My hosts would have let me stay longer except they already had too many guests.Not wanting to return to the hostel, I decided to leave the Boston area and travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where I have friends I can stay and minister with.
During my time in Bean Town I did some sightseeing but not much evangelizing mainly because I wanted someone ministering with me.Now I wish I had done more after hearing about the Boston Marathon bombings this past Monday that left three people dead and at least 170 people injured.This tragedy reminded me of when I was in Madrid, Spain six month…

Suicide Is Not A Solution

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Comedian Rodney Dangerfield often joked that he got no respect.One of his famous one-liners was, “I called suicide prevention…they put me on hold.”
In real life, suicide is no laughing matter.According to the National Institute of Mental Health, each year more than 32,000 Americans take their own lives.Just a few days ago, megachurch pastor and “Purpose Driven Life” author Rick Warren suffered a terrible tragedy.His 27-year-old son Matthew died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a lifelong struggle with mental illness.
I can relate to people who contemplate ending their lives. When I was in eighth grade, I experienced much name-calling and physical abuse from my classmates.Going to school had become so traumatic I wanted to die.If my father had a gun, I probably would have shot myself.I considered swallowing poison but fortunately was too scared to follow through with that.
A couple months before giving my life to the Lord in 1991, I was driving on the freeway one night when sudde…

Unchangeable

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Nonbelievers will often attempt to discredit God’s word.While street evangelizing, I occasionally run into individuals who claim the Bible is full of contradictions.When I ask them to name one, many times they cannot do so.They simply believe what somebody else told them.
Recently in the Fargo Forum (my hometown newspaper), a man supportive of same-sex marriage wrote a letter to the editor claiming, “God’s laws change all the time” without citing an example.He went on to write, “Just go to any bookstore and see all the different Bibles, each one a different interpretation.”What does he mean by “different Bibles?”Was he comparing the Holy Bible to non-Christian books such as the Koran?That’s like comparing apples to oranges.Muslims believe Jesus was only a prophet and not God’s Son.John 3:16 says otherwise.
This letter writer might have referred to different Bible translations you find at Christian bookstores.The English language has changed over the years but God’s word hasn’t.Legitimat…