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 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    July 17, 2019 

Faith: I wonder what Jesus would say to Israel Folau

There’s a big problem brewing down under. Free speech. Religious liberty. Political correctness. Employees’ rights. Employers’ rights. Contract law. If those are just a few of the spokes on the...

 

Faith: Any generation should seek God's wisdom

My younger friend laughed after worship a few years ago. “Preaching with you in the congregation made me nervous,” he said. Completely surprised, I laughed back: “Are you kidding?” It was a...

 

Genuine freedom must be cherished - or lost

Freedom. It is not a gift any government benevolently bestows upon its citizens; freedom is the gift of God to everyone created in his image. It is the responsibility of governments to recognize and...

 

Riches of God's grace still absolutely free

I still miss Andy Rooney. Where’s the old curmudgeon when you need him? Rooney’s commentary at the end of “60 Minutes” was always the cream of the show. (Speaking of dairy, I still thank him...

 

Faith: Our children deserve better than world of selfishness

Believe me, I write this column as no sort of spiritual giant; I don’t know my own weakness as well as I should, but I surely know it enough to see warning signs pop up everywhere when I’m...

 

Faith: A world where the meek rule is better

To be truly meek is to be truly strong. The Bible says regarding one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known that the man Moses was the meekest of all the men on the earth. But in the Hall...

 

Remember God is in control and make sure to get sleep

Everybody dreams. Or so the sleep experts say. I feel most refreshed when I wake up with no memory of dreaming during the night. I feel most exhausted when I had a bad or intensely frustrating dream,...

 

Faith: We shouldn't wish to get 'what we deserve'

A strange story it is, and enough to make a math or accounting major bite nails. I’m talking about Jesus’ “Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16). Here’s the story in a nu...

 

Happiness isn't found in money, power or prestige

“Happiness is worth a lot to me,” a good friend, colleague, and mentor once told his boss as he made a decision that would lead to his leaving the company. “Well, so what? Isn’t happiness...

 

Moments of knowing God can't be captured, only savored

Some moments in life are golden. And some of the best of all are precious precisely because they must be savored immediately or forever lost. Oh, as long as God is our Father, and that’s forever,...

 
 By Curtis Shelburne    Voices    May 8, 2019

Faith: Thank you, Mom, for birth and love

Sunday is Mother’s Day. May I hasten to say that having a Mother’s Day is a good thing. I am sincerely pro-Mother’s Day and pro-moms. Good ones deserve far and away more honor than they...

 

Jesus can quench our thirst forever

You should probably drink a lot more water. It’s our age’s most oft-recited quasi-medical mantra. Never mind that most of us have long thought that the human body came equipped with an “idiot...

 

Pay taxes, but don't fall for con

Tax Day 2019 has come and gone. It’s actually just Tax Filing Day since every day is a tax day and, if you somehow still manage to own a business or be self-employed, you’ll have several more...

 

Faith: Author gave us word for where joy and sorrow meet

More than a few writers have talked about the place where joy and sorrow meet. In a moment of deep contentment, someone may say, “I’m so happy I could cry!” And in the moments of deepest and...

 

Too often we forget to give God thanks

Have you noticed? When something bad, sad, and tragic happens, we agonize, “Dear God, how could you allow this?” But, too often, when we see something bad, sad, tragic avoided, we fail to give...

 

Two betrayers wept two very different tears

Here’s a riddle for you. It’s one that intrigues and gives me pause about this same time every year. Two men, two mouths, both tongues betray, almost but not quite on the same day. One fails and...

 

Real 'main event' can be asking God for help

Sometimes the main event is not the main event. A couple of times a year I usually receive article requests, three at a time, from a great little daily devotional magazine. As with all of their...

 

Faith: Seeing dead people warms my heart

“I see dead people.” So said the cute little boy in the memorable line and creepy “confession” from the 1999 movie “The Sixth Sense.” I hope you don’t find it disturbing when I affirm th...

 

Praising God only makes us more joyful

“Come,” invites the Psalmist of old, “let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and...

 

Faith: Too much 'religion' disregards God's power

“Just try harder!” urged the ladybug. “I am trying,” protested the stressed-out caterpillar. “And I’ve been trying for hours! So far the only thing that’s happened is that I got so...

 

Faith: God's love will never change, even in grief

It’s very nearly as weird-feeling as it is heart-rending — a day when you wake up and realize it’s just another ordinary day for most of the world around you, but your whole world has tilted in...

 

Faith: Trust Christ and follow him even into deep waters

In Luke 5 we find the story of the calling of the first apostles. To get a little space from the crowd, Jesus has turned Simon Peter’s fishing boat into a pulpit, pushed out from the shore, teaching...

 

Faith: Gifts should come from genuine, unselfish love

Uh oh. It seems that the date for this column should probably indicate its content. Rats! If the whole thing reads like it was written by a Valentine’s Day grinch, I should just plead guilty....

 

Faith: Church lost an irreplaceable lady

You probably didn’t notice a wobble in the Earth’s rotation, a split-second tilt in its axis, a brief cosmic stutter last Wednesday. Neither did I. But when I learned later that a sweet lady in...

 

Faith: God's 'mercies are new every morning'

What a sweet morning I’ve just experienced. And this from a person not in the habit of gushing about mornings. A “morning person,” I am not. The preceding sentence is just a fact. No moral...

 

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