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Praying For Rain

I love an old story that circulates in my family about my great-great grandfather, a fiery circuit-riding preacher named John Martin McBrayer. “The Reverend,” or just “Preacher,” as he was known, traversed the Southern Appalachians on horseback, going church to church, camp meeting to camp meeting, and revival to revival preaching anywhere he was given…
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Fighting Sleep

Have you noticed how children never want to go to sleep? If you have been the parent of such a little creature you know I am telling the truth. Youngsters “fight sleep,” to the point of face-planting into their lunchtime bowl of soup or literally passing out while standing. Why? Because there is so much…
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smil

The “Good News” Is Really Good

Sharing faith, in Christian terms, is known as “evangelism.” This is the English rendering of a Greek word meaning “to proclaim the good news.” That’s a problem, because the news isn’t always good. There was a subtext to the evangelization method I was taught that went something like this: “God is really ticked off with…
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Surviving Guilt

As I passed by a woman at a church dinner recently, I reached out to gently touch her on her shoulder to let her know I was there (I didn’t want all those well-prepared potluck casseroles I was carrying on my plate to get spilled down my shirt). Upon being touched, the lady jumped as…
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Out Of Our Minds

A circuit riding minister came upon a farmer and joyfully called out, “It’s a fine day the Lord has given us!” The farmer called back to the minister: “It might be a fine day for you, riding around on that horse thinking about God all day. Me? I have to work from dawn to dusk…
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