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Be the Church

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Since I’m not fond of Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels has lately been my favorite “office.” Three days ago I felt led to make a morning bike ride there. Shortly after getting my bagel and coffee, I struck up a conversation with a man sitting at the table next to me. I was surprised to find out Bill is in his 40s.  He looked so much younger.

Eventually I asked Bill questions concerning his eternal destiny. He first responded by saying different churches had given him conflicting definitions of how one is saved. I soon determined Bill is a Christian for he professed knowing Jesus as Lord. However, Bill hasn’t gone to church for a while because of the bickering he’s seen amongst congregations. That reminded me of what Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Bill then said he often spends his Sundays feeding the homeless. Certainly that is commendable. More Christians need to “be the church” and serve others instead of j…

A New Name

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This past week two lawmakers, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), sent a letter to the NFL insisting the Washington Redskins change their name. Debates over “offensive” nicknames for sports teams have increased in recent years. Other professional teams that experienced protests include baseball’s Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians.
High school and college teams haven’t been exempt from this controversy. Until June 2012, the University of North Dakota teams were called “Fighting Sioux”, but then dropped that name due to pressure from the NCAA. No new nickname has been chosen yet. Still most UND students and alumni call their teams “Fighting Sioux.” 
In this age of political correctness, the controversy over team names has gotten a bit ridiculous. Surveys have determined most Native Americans don’t mind the use of Indian names for sports teams. One long-time Redskins fan of American Indian descent emailed the team saying, “I am very proud of the name and o…

Practice What You Preach

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This past Tuesday morning I had a dream in which I was witnessing to actress Alison Arngrim who played Nellie Oleson in the TV series “Little House on the Prairie.” In the dream I started quoting a Scripture to Alison. She then requested I read it directly from my Bible. Later I asked Alison if she knew where she will spend eternity when her life ends. Alison was reluctant to answer my question. Hours after I woke up from my dream, I found out actor Richard Bull (who played Nellie’s father Nels Oleson) had died the day before.
I was in third grade when I first heard about the original “Little House on the Prairie” book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My teacher read a few pages from it during class after we went through one of Laura’s previous books “Little House in the Big Woods.” The “Little House on the Prairie” television program debuted on national television just over a year later in September 1974.  
During its run on NBC, I often watched “Little House on the Prairie” along with…

Back to the Future

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Today millions of people will gather around TV sets to see the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.  Despite the fact I enjoy watching NFL games, I plan to avoid certain parts of the telecast.  One of them is Queen Latifah singing “God Bless America” before the kickoff.  This is the same woman who at last Sunday’s Grammy Awards officiated a mass wedding that included homosexual couples.  The Super Bowl halftime shows also had a couple profane incidents by its performers.  Although the commercials are often clever and entertaining, I’d rather just watch the actual football game.
Prior to previous Super Bowls, my mom and dad often asked me to make a prediction.  Usually I haven’t come close to the final score but there have been exceptions.  Prior to Super Bowl XXXVI, I picked the St. Louis Rams to beat the New England Patriots 20-17.  However, I also told my parents that the game could go into overtime with the New England Patriots pulling off an upset.  As …