Your Lofty 'Career'


 

Nobody really remembers Thomas Edison's job. It had not the slightest impact upon our world. And today, it is of no consequence whatsoever. But, just for your information, he was a telegraph operator; you know: "dash-dit-dash-dash  dit-dash  dash-dit-dit  dit-dash" all day long. 

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Me...Under the Lamb and Other Things




I've had so many comments on that Chinese character I mentioned a few weeks ago, that I decided to devote this issue of my article to some of the other things I've learned over the years about the ancient theism of the people of China. Yes, they were theists all right—monotheists as a matter of fact—and everything I share here will just bring glory to our awesome God —"The Most High who rules over all the kingdoms of men" (Dan 4: 17), and who "has not left Himself without witness" (Acts 14:17).

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It Takes a Storm!


 

Joseph Conrad is one of my favorite authors —I've not read a novel of his yet that I didn't like. But one of them—Typhoon—is truly unforgettable. 

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Our Children...Under Siege


I don't normally do this with my weekly article, but it can't be avoided. Our children are under siege in this State and if each and every one of us doesn't rise up as parents, grandparents, Christians, community leaders and...well...just plain human beings, we will surely be held accountable for it.  

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My 'Miss America'


 I don't normally make a big deal about it and so most folks don't realize that I am married to a 'Miss America'. For several years into our marriage, I didn't even know myself. I guess I should have: after all, she is the most beautiful person I've ever met. In fact, throughout my married life—right up to this moment—I have never even felt close to being worthy of her.   It wasn't until we got to Taiwan and moved into the little Hakka village of Hsi Hu, that she became 'Miss America'. Surprisingly, Sharilyn repeatedly asks me not to share her 'achievement' with others. I think what rubs the wrong way is the fact that it was our garbage man in Hsi Hu who gave her the title.    Mr. Lyou never did learn her real name. The first day he met her, he was standing waist-deep in the contents of the garbage truck, with clothes that looked quite like his surroundings and a pair of yellow plastic boots that were pitifully trying to keep his feet clean. The first thing he said to Sharilyn, as she handed up her pail of trash, was: "Mei-guo Syau-jye, ni hao"—"Miss America, how are you?" 

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The Man in the Black Car


 

 I once had lunch with a missionary who had lived and worked for over a decade not far from—are you ready for this?—Casablanca. 

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What Holds You Up?


 

 I love that old New York City story about the CEO and the fluorescent tube. Haven't heard that one? Well, where have you been? Not in New York City, that's for sure. 

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Preaching the Deeps


I have to admit that I'm a little nervous about starting this new series on the Gospel of John. It is definitely the deepest, most profound of all the Gospels. Just look at those opening verses! Is anyone really capable of plumbing the depths of this thing? Not I, I can assure you! So keep me in prayer as we begin, won't you? I need God's favor or I'll just end up fakin' it. 

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The Wage or the Gift?


Article was written by Pastor Rod SchorrHow staggering those words we read in Roman 6:23; one of the most frequently quoted verses in the Bible. Have you taken a serious look at it? Well, let's do so now: 

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When Things Fall Apart


Science is usually very bright and alert but, in one instance at least, science was dull and slow and very late in coming to the state of its awareness. 

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Don't Know How To Pray?


 

I heard it again just the other day and I can't count the times I've heard it before: "I don't know how to pray." 

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Dig Deeper!


...a nation of spiritual surface miners?

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Time For Hope!


 

Editor's note: CCOT generously supports the ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, including Franklin Graham's Operation Christmas Child and his recent preaching tours throughout America and around the world. Here is the latest prayer letter from Mr. Graham. It is a privilege to share the burden of this important and godly work.   Blackpool, a city in Lancashire on England's northwest coast, desperately needs a message of hope. But some in Blackpool are determined to prevent that. 

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Quite a World


I never thought I'd see the day when Americans would call the Bible a "serious threat" and banish it from public view; but that day is here, dear faithful family of Christ; and by 'here', I mean 'right here' in Southern California.

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He Remembers


Pastor Rod is away this week. We include an article he published on 10-19-2014.

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A Kingdom of Rescued Slaves


Many Christians think that the most important work a Christian can do is to argue with unbelievers and convince them to believe in Christ. Members of our church sometimes express discouragement with the fact that all they've been enabled to do, so far, is love one another and serve one another in the church,"I never 'win' anyone to Christ. I don't know how to argue like that." 

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The Man Who Hit Me



Posted on July 22, 2018, by Grace and Ivan Utomo (see: walkingwithgraceweb.com)

Pastor's note: I mentioned Grace and Ivan's powerful testimony last Sunday in my sermon. What incredible servants of Christ they are. They have endured a kind of 'martyrdom' and still, they "shine like stars". (Phi 2: 15)

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An Agent of Christ


 

In Tony Campolo's great little book—Who Switched the Price Tags—he tells the story of Teddy Stallard: a troubled kid, with a glassy look and a dull mind; who came to school every day in the same set of filthy clothes and with his hair never combed. 

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A Ragtag Navy


One of the most remarkable naval operations in history broke every naval rule in the book, followed none of the established procedures for a naval operation and wasn't even accomplished by navy personnel. And yet, few people will contest that it was the greatest naval operation that ever happened. 

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The God Who Waits


I have no idea why, and I have tried to conceal it as best I can over the years, but the truth of it is that I am easy prey to romance of almost every kind and (dare I say it?) even chick-flick stuff. Surely it can't be a 'feminine side'; Sharilyn insists that I have no such thing, and that's perfectly fine with me. 

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