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The High Road

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Isaiah 35:8 “A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, Shall not go astray.”

How many times do we dig maps out on a trip? Or grab our phone or GPS to search for the best possible route? What kind of criteria do you use? Which ones determine the “best” way? Shortest, fastest, most convenient? Cheapest or less-traffic? What motives drive your decisions? What is your goal?
Not hard questions but to reach your destination, they must be addressed, unless you already know the way.
The Christian walk is reflected in much the same way. How do you prepare for the journey? What do you use to judge the best possible way to execute your life? How do your motivations impact your life and is the goal really that important? After all, Jesus already died for all of our sins, right?
Well, let’s look at it…
How does a person …

Pardon Me, O Lord

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http://www.stockfreeimages.com/  Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” What is forsaking the wicked one’s way? Or an unrighteous thought? Why would I need mercy? Or God forbid, a pardon? Surely, I’m not that bad. I mean, really…I don’t even drink alcohol or smoke. Isaiah? This is OLD TESTAMENT stuff. The Old Testament doesn’t apply anymore, right? I’m a born-again Christian, so isn’t the New Testament more important? Questions, questions, questions… Where, oh where, are the answers? Don’t worry. God may have high expectations from His children but He’ll never fail us. Our manual is His Word. Here is a quick guide to the above questions and where to find the answers in the Manual (NKJV).
1: The Wicked Way: Ezekiel 33:19 Ezekiel 3:18
2: Unrighteousness: John 7:18 Romans 1:18 1 Corinthians 6:9
3: Mercy: Psalm 37:21 Psalm 85:7 James 2:13 4: Pardon: J…

The Veteran: Our Nation's Hero

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http://www.stockfreeimages.com/ He stands alone, his green jacket blowing in the wind. The crowd mills around him and he wonders if he will ever fit in again. He hasn’t slept since his return and his body aches with buried pain. Remembering his wife’s desperate expression the night before, he throws his shoulders back and moves toward the clinic entrance. How many soldiers live through this same scenario upon their return from service? What about the ones that don’t make it this far? World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan are just some areas of conflict that our men and women in uniform have served and sacrificed to preserve our liberty. Many others exist. When the call of duty is sounded, the response is immediate. They leave to serve, and return, so many times, broken. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines: the force of the nation arises when needed. National Guard, Reserves, Coast Guard, and PHS Commissioned Corps stand ready to assist. This is the …

Power in the Pen

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http://www.stockfreeimages.com/ The political season rages across the nation. After all, Election Day is tomorrow. You can’t turn on the television without being waylaid with a commentary or a poll. What does it all mean? In the end, does it even matter if you vote? I mean, if you DON’T live in Ohio? What does all this have to do with your Christian walk anyway? For some, this year will be the first time they ever cast a ballot. For others, it may be the last. For many, 2012 is just another year of bickering politicians who fill their airwaves with rhetoric. Tomorrow, the citizens of this great nation wield a great power. They walk into the voting booths across this nation. They don’t carry swords or guns but instead they’re armed with a pen. The voter decides the next President and Vice-President. He keeps or replaces Congressional leaders with a mark. She selects her law enforcement, her judges, and impacts her children’s future. It all starts with the stroke of a pen. As a Christian,…

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