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Handling the Challenges of Life

August 17, 2019

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Can stress and anxiety ever be good for you? Surely not! Stress is one of the killers in modern society. Anxiety is another symptom we all know about. We tend to call it worry. We all are afflicted at one time or another, or sometimes at a constant, destructive rate, by stress, worry, the challenges […]

The Good Old Days

August 17, 2019

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Occasionally, like so many people my age—I’d say older than fifty or sixty—I revisit the “good old days” and remember nostalgically how much better life was in the good old days. The President even was elected in 2016 with his version of the good old days with his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” He’s running […]

My Hispanic Friend and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2019

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While in jail a few weeks ago I ran into a couple of friends, one new and one old. Let me hasten to add that I was in jail to teach the Bible with a group of Christian men and women who go into the Tuscaloosa County Jail every Tuesday night. So, I go into […]

The Art of Work

May 26, 2019

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The Art of Work Two words thrown together that many find antithetical, or at least a bit contradictory, are “art” and “work.” We all know that artists have to “work” to make their art. And we also know a guy going into the coal mines of Walker or Tuscaloosa County is also engaged in “work.” […]

G.I. Joe and Other Josephs

May 26, 2019

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G.I. Joe and Other Josephs G.I. Joe was the nickname of soldiers in World War II. It came from “government issue” associated with all the uniforms and stuff issued to guys in service. And “Joe” of course is short for Joseph, one of the most popular names in American life. I’m sorry girls, but while […]

Compassion

May 26, 2019

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Compassion Today I want to take up a  common word in our wonderful English language: compassion. I was prompted to think about it when someone shared an image that almost broke my heart. It was of a derelict man, a classic street person, asleep somewhere on a cold winter day, wrapped up in rags, his […]

Easter, 2019

May 26, 2019

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Easter, 2019 I’ve often wondered how pastors, ministers, priests, etc.—prepare their Easter addresses. For all of us who make public addresses, from the President on down to my level, perhaps talking to the local Rotarians or the ladies of the DAR, you have to identify your audience pretty carefully. The Rotarians like to hear things […]