10 Nov 2015

Come Just As You Are?0

In modern worship, it sometimes appears that we have confused the call to the contrite sinner to come to Christ with the call to the grateful believer to worship Him. “Come just as you are” is a beautiful invitation to lost souls needing forgiveness, healing, and restoration. We come to Christ with empty hands. We [...]

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14 Oct 2015

Who Are They?0

Two words often begin sentences in our everyday speech culture: “They say . . . “ Who are “they” exactly? Is there some secret committee out there that forms opinions and feels superior enough in their wisdom to impart it upon all mankind?
“They say you shouldn’t go outside with a wet head.”
“They say not [...]

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12 Sep 2015


A few weeks ago my last living grandparent passed on from this earthly life. Ethelyn Ricks Branson took her final breath and is now at eternal peace. “Nana” was a beautiful woman. She loved jewelry and fine clothing. She always had her hair done perfectly, smelled like expensive perfume, and carried herself with poise and [...]

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6 Aug 2015

Laying It All Down0

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about laying down our burdens. The phraseology makes this sound effortless. It is the “Christian” thing to do. We are simply to lay our trials, our sins, our worries, and our fears at the Lord’s feet, then stand up in confidence and move on. The power of [...]

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9 Jul 2015

Emu or Llama?0

While riding in the country with me, my eight-year-old daughter believed she saw an emu in someone’s backyard. I said, “Are you sure it was an emu? I know people have pet llamas.” She matter-of-factly asked me the following questions:
“Does a llama have a blue head?” “No,” I confessed.
“Does a llama have feathers?” “No.”
“Does a [...]

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