Confessions of a Pacifist

As a teenager, I never thought very much about the taking of a life. I had a pretty peaceful childhood and teen life and, with the exception of an occasional bully, karate, and football, violence was not part of my life. I believed in the Ten Commandments, including the one saying, “Thou shalt not kill,” but never envisioned a time when even thinking about it would be necessary. And then came the Marine Corps.
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Billy Graham - Protestant Saint

Billy Graham died last week. Up until now, there has never been a time when Billy Graham was far from my life. He began his crusade ministry before I was born. When I was a small child, I remember watching, along with my parents, his massive crusades broadcasts on black and white television. I didn’t really know who he was but he had an ability to capture one’s attention and keep it.
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Facts About Fasting

One of the practices in Christian churches during the season of Lent, which began last week, is fasting. Fasting is seen by most as, basically, the abstaining from food for a period of time. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, for example, are designated fast days. But Lent is also considered a season for fasting, as well as for repentance, almsgiving, study of the scriptures, prayer, and the like. Lent is 40 days long.
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Lent Begins

The vast majority of the Christian world is entering the season of Lent. Lent is a solemn season in the liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes just before Easter. It is a time of reflection, self-examination, prayer, fasting, and repentance. It is a time of ‘laying aside” unproductive habits, attitudes, practices, and sins and a time of “taking up” spiritual disciplines, prayer, scripture reading, and holy living. This “laying down” and “taking up” is not restricted to Lent (but something that Christians should be doing continually) but Lent, it seems, is when these issues are addressed seriously.
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An SEC Church

Sometimes people will ask what our church or denomination is all about. After giving it considerable thought, I have decided to answer future inquiries thusly: “We are an SEC Church.” No, it’s not what you think, even though quite a number of the folks in our local congregation strongly support one of the universities of the Southeastern Conference, known in athletic circles, as the SEC. Here’s a brief answer to the question:
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