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“Oh, it’s Friday. But Sunday’s coming!”

Several years ago, S.M. Lockridge, pastor of a prominent African-American congregation in San Diego, preached the iconic sermon that is still a popular item on YouTube. It’s a message that reminds us of what our Lord suffered for us, and, that when we are going through suffering He knows how we feel. Suffering will be…

The Story: Chapter 26

The Hour of Darkness Doug Cole: Senior Minister Song list for 10/13/13 #63 – I Will Call upon the Lord #103 – He Has Made Me Glad #83 – God Is So Good #22– Our God, He Is Alive #113 – His Grace Reaches Me #484 – You Are My All in All #449 –…

Life’s Biggest “Gimme”

Golfers know that a “gimme” is a term used to tell a player that the other players are “giving” him the putt. The player can pick up his ball and count one stroke (the remaining putt) as his final stroke on the hole. The expression to the player is “That’s a gimme.” The player given…

The Greatest Question of All Time

A BBC magazine answered the “101 greatest questions of all time.” What did they include? Well, questions like “What is OK short for?” Answer? “OK comes from ‘oll korrect’, a deliberately misspelled writing of ‘all correct.’ It was popularized in Boston newspapers around the 1840s when it was fashionable to go around spelling things incorrectly…

Breaking Free from the Kingdom of Me

Less than 10 acres in total land mass, it is a small kingdom unto itself. Located in different areas in the United States—part in Nevada  and Northern California—you can leave the United States and enter the Republic of Molossia. It is considered to be a micro-nation . . . a “nation within” our nation. Molossia…

When Jesus Comes Knocking

The knock came at the door of the inn. It was late. We can imagine the innkeeper had been burning both ends of the candle. The census crowd had packed Bethlehem and he had finally locked the doors for the night…until the knock. He shuffled his feet through the dark and made his way to…

Hearing the Voice of God

Many of us were familiar with the film critic duo Siskel and Ebert. Gene Siskel died in 1999. Then, in 2006, Robert Ebert lost his lower jaw and his voice to complications from cancer. He has since relied on Post-it notes, his writing, and various automated voices, the kind you find on your computer. He…