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What's In A Name?

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." These words from Shakespeare's play,Romeo and Juliet not only ask an important question, but also imply an interesting answer. The answer which Shakespeare assumed is probably the same answer you would find prevalent today. Most people would say that there is really not much in a name. Aft...

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The Interrupted Life

We interrupt this article before it even begins to communicate this vitally important message Interruptions happen.Last weekend we were hit with a snowstorm that blanketed the earth with about seven inches of the white stuff. The snowstorm interrupted our plans. Cameron and Casey Fisher were scheduled to be baptized. But the snow made travel inadvisable for Cameron and Cas...

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Why Be Baptized

Why be Baptized? In our culture, we engage in some significant ceremonies to declare that a significant change is taking place in our lives. Graduation is one of those ceremonies. It signifies that a young person is stepping out of adolescence into adulthood. A wedding ceremony is another public declaration that something in your life is changing. Baptism is also such a c...

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Epiphany Sunday

Epiphany is the holiday that Wise Men remember, but the church forgot. Epiphany falls on January 6, 12 days after Christmasthe day you're supposed to get 12 drummers drummingand the day we commonly remember the arrival of the Wise Men in Bethlehem. For those few who might have heard of Epiphany, chances are that you will know it as the day the Wise Men came. And that is ri...

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Hard to Accept

Some time ago a man whose name I do not knowwent to China to be a missionary. He was what youmight call an agricultural missionary. As a gardener,he taught people how to raise different kinds ofvegetables, how to feed their children better, howto raise a cow and have milk. He also told storiesabout Jesus, and he translated some of them intoChinese. He was perfectly at home...

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