Courtney's Pharmacy


Several years ago, when the story finally hit the front pages, there was a great deal of moral outrage against...

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Kneeling in the Snow


I love the story of Isaac Potts, the Quaker gentleman who witnessed that legendary scene of George Washington, on his knees in the snow and praying at Valley Forge. And—no—the story behind the painting is not a myth; there was an eye-witness to it: Isaac Potts. 

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The Crossroad


 

Back in my proud, atheist college days, my favorite retort to any Christian, trying to share the Gospel with me, was: "That is bondage! I don't want that! I want to be free". 

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Give me the Puritans


 

I'll just be frank about this: I cannot stand it when people—and Americans especially—speak disparagingly of the Puritans. I'm sure you've heard it yourself: the word 'Puritan' used to describe someone pompous, someone boring, someone judgmental, someone fanatical. 

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Things We Need to 'Do'



Last week I wrote about the importance of not just the 'hearing' God's Word, but—oh!—the 'doing'! Remember. Kupferschmid's landing? 

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Kupferschmid's Landing


I absolutely love the story of Robert Kupferschmid. I wonder if you've heard it. On June 17, 1998, not too far from Muncie, Indiana, the 81-year-old man, who was not a pilot and who did not know the first thing about flying, suddenly found himself alone in a Cessna at 3,000 feet and going into a dive!  

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The Fort on the Hill


 

One thing shocked me about our experience on the mission field: our kids saw America only four times during their childhood. We never really intended it that way; it- just sort of happened. Which is what every parent says, I believe when childhood years just vanish away! When we first went out, James and David were 3 years old and 1½ respectively. Seventeen years later, the kids were grown, they were going to college, and I was shocked! How could it all be over so fast? 

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What 'Nails in the Coffin'?


William Mitchell Ramsay learned to doubt the Bible in his late teens. He was an Oxford student, who later became an Oxford professor and eventually one of history's greatest archaeologists. 

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This Miracle: America


Since I only touched upon it briefly that Easter Sunday morning, I thought I might fill you all in on some details. I'm talking about the overwhelming "proof" of God's love for this nation. If you live in this country, you are surrounded by proof dear ones! Proof that there is a God above; proof that you're loved; proof that we have lived by His blessing for centuries. From the very beginning, America has been so miraculously blessed by God. True Americans have always acknowledged that. May you do so too! 

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Dragons at the Door


One thing I will never forget, from our experiences on the mission field, is the annual task we always had of standing at the church door to keep the dragons away. 

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Remember Your Ransom


Editor's Note: Pastor Rod is on vacation this week. We include an article from a previous issue of the Messenger.  

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Peace with Sin?


Not all peace is good peace. I suppose you already know that, but would you like the very greatest example of it? September 30, 1938.

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Greater With the Wreckage


In one of my Christian publications, a pastor tells the very moving story of an alcoholic friend who cried out to him for help. His marriage was falling apart; the home was in chaos, his children were scared and anxious, and he was starting to falter at work. 

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Burying Toxic Things


I know it sounds like a very 'romantic' place, but the 'Love Canal' in Niagara Falls, New York...well...just isn't! In fact, 'romance' is the very last thing you'll ever find in the place; and 'love' is not part of the equation either.

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You Who Know the Way


One of my favorite stories from the Lewis and Clark Expedition took place when they tried to cross the Bitterroot Mountains on the return part of their journey. It was 1806 and it was late June but, incredibly enough, there were ten feet of snow covering everything in sight. The Bitterroot Range is a terrible barrier to be crossing at any time, but with ten feet of snow, it was next to impossible. 

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A 'Sceptre' From the King


There is a wonderful episode in the life of the great missionary explorer, David Livingstone. He started hiking all over Africa back in 1840, ministering to the sick and preaching the Gospel wherever he went. He did that for 33 years until he died in 1873. 

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Smarter than Einstein


I admit it sounds a little 'legendary', but I sure do hope it is true. Billy Graham once spoke of it. Does that help? I'm referring to that delightful story about Einstein riding the train back to his residence from Princeton. It was his very first day of classes at Princeton; he had just moved into a brand new residence, and it was his very first ride back to it. 

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Men...Wanted


Speaking of men and the whole masculine race (oh, we weren't? Well, it's time we did then), I love that episode in Garrison Keillor's book, We Are Still Marriedabout the Lake Wobegon Schroeders. 

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The Gang at Kosmophilos State Prison


The gang at Kosmophilos State Prison is a strange group of people. Their very presence in the place is the ultimate proof of that there's not a single one there that couldn't have gone free at one time, and yet, there they all sit, still doin' their time!

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Himalayan Center For Missions


Greetings from India! I am so excited to give you an update on the Himalayan Center For Missions here in India. The class started a week before we arrived and studied through the Gospel of Luke. Since we have arrived we have studied through the book of Daniel and are now studying Revelation! 

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