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What Is Religion?

“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.  Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:26-27).

What is religion?  Men measure it by creeds, doctrine, and by conduct.  Religion is man’s master passion.  It is what we will stand firm on whether we are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist or anything else.


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“I’ll Be A Friend”

 “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ (Luke 7:34).

We recently lost a highly esteemed lady who touched thousands, if not millions, of lives through her life and life’s work.  Maya Angelou has left us her wisdom and insights that will bless generations to come.


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A Used Up Allotment

“The years of our life are seventy, even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away” (Ps. 90:10).

Having reached the limits set forth in Moses’ words, time seems to be winging its way.  Though my watch seems to keep a regular beat, the days have shortened and those yearly celebrations of birth have rapidly increased.  Even the song leader keeps checking the time and announcing that due to the lateness of the hour we will sing only one verse of the closing song.  And the hymn?  “Take Time To Be Holy”!  which is the best of ideas but an imperfect announced title!


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