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When most people refer to the Bible as a puzzle they are talking about its mystery and difficulty, but I like to refer to it as a puzzle to illustrate how we come to understand it.

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Wouldn’t it be exciting to win a shopping spree at your favorite store? I remember years ago watching one take place on TV. The winners were only given a few minutes to accumulate as much merchandise as possible. Whatever they were able to get in that amount of time was theirs to keep. It wa…

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Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals, of which 23 are gold medals. This is the most of any Olympian in any sport. Americans watched his Olympic races with excitement pulling for his victory.

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As we said our prayers, turned out the lights and crawled into bed Tuesday night, we wrapped up the first half of the year of our Lord 2020.

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Mankind longs to be free. For a lot of people, that means they will be able to do whatever they want. However, for many, its pursuit actually leads to greater oppression.

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As I begin this essay, the date is June 22, 2020. Somewhat humid on this Monday, with rain expected later. Another day in which we will do the best we can, and tonight, when we turn out the lights, this day will be filed in the annals of history, never to be repeated.

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Paul understood we would have worries and anxieties in this life. Paul himself dealt with many (2 Corinthians 11:16-29). We certainly have reasons to worry today.

Lori Renee Dublin, 55, died on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield.

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Mayfield’s Ice House Gallery is showcasing religious artists’ and authors’ works at the second annual Religious Art Show.

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Hebrews 5 was addressed to Christians who should have been mature enough to teach others but they were still babes in Christ. They were like infants, lacking spiritual growth and in danger of discipline from the Lord. They were urged to get with it and grow up!

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Amid the turbulent times in which we’re living, there is a consistency to what we’re hearing, regardless of the issue being addressed.

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Companies that compete with others for customer dollars know the significance of protecting their name and reputation. Poor quality or rude service can cause profits to plunge.

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What is the latest debate going through social media? 2020 has had so many they seem to change daily.

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We’re being watched, you and I. Our actions, our words, our preferences and dislikes are under the microscope. We’re being watched closely.

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The Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” was highly successful and introduced younger fans to Michael Jordan. It reignited on sports talk shows the discussion of who is the greatest basketball player of all-time. ESPN even produced a list of the top players of all-time.

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Many today think of God only in terms of His love and goodness but not many think about His holiness. Fewer still consider how that should impact them. Why is this?

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This is a topic I didn’t expect to be addressing this week, but after several days of protests and rioting across the nation, it is necessary to examine a virus plaguing the country.

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People often have a tendency to want to “help” God when He seems slow to do what they want or what He has promised.

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Every child learns the annoying game “Repeat” or “Copy Cat” at some point. They will repeat everything you say right after you say it.

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All of us can look at our lives, point to particular events, and say “things were different after that.” We can look at a new baby, the death of a loved one, a job change, any number of things.

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Daniel made up his mind to pray regularly. It resulted in him being thrown into the lions’ den (Daniel 6). Consider though how God answered his prayers.

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Back in the Louisville days, goodness me something like 30 years ago, I began teaching religious education classes for adults seeking to learn more about Catholicism. From time to time I would make the point, referring to various moments in mankind’s development, that world history and relig…

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We drive by them daily, maybe thousands of times, but don’t even know what they say or why they are there.

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A fairly recent device in the scheme of history that has really made a difference is the GPS. It has greatly changed the way many people do things in all areas of life; whether in work, travel or in play.

Too often people look in the wrong places when they’re searching for role models. We look for someone who is a good athlete, one who makes a lot of money, or one who commands respect because of their leadership.

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I enjoy giving my dogs special treats. It might be a meat bone or a dog treat. Our two dogs have always reacted differently to food you give them.

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Evil is often like a virus; if we are around it much, it is very contagious. I think we’ve all heard an awful lot about viruses lately, but evil seems to spread among a group.

On Friday, we participated in a forum of pastors across Kentucky to discuss the church’s response to the pandemic and how to honor Gov. Beshear, even when we may disagree on policy directives. The participants, all conservative, mostly praised Gov. Beshear for his handling of the pandemic. H…

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Jesus, our savior, ended His work and suffering on the cross of Calvary with the words “It is finished!” (John 19:30). In the original language in which John wrote these words, only one word is actually spoken by the Lord — “tetelestai.” Not three words but one— “finished.”

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I have been working on my tiller this week. We have mowed the yard a couple of times already. Spring is here! Trees and flowers are bursting forth with new life. Gardens are being turned. Farmers are preparing fields. It is that time of year!

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There is great need to be careful in our spiritual walks. We must be dedicated to putting the Lord first and relying upon His wisdom and strength. In doing so, we grow closer to Him and in our relationship.

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Good Friday. At first glance, that seems a strange description for this day, doesn’t it? What is “good,” after all, about commemorating the death of Jesus of Nazareth? And not just a death, but a grisly, torturous, humiliating death at the hands of bloodthirsty local authorities.

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We have returned to wartime eras where the evening news offers grim death counts. The coronavirus pandemic has brought death to the forefront of our nations conscious. The virus has halted our nation because of its power to cause death; it is not the fever or cough that frightens us — it is …

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This crisis has shown me the fragility of the world. A small microscopic bug has torn down many permanent fixtures. In a short amount of time businesses are threatened, sports has been put on hold, and fear has swept across our nation.

We live in anxious times. We live in depressing times. We need social interaction and encouragement, yet many are confined to isolation. Fear is thriving.

Most people like to keep up with what’s going on around them: The latest news in the world, the latest local headlines, current trends, etc. More important than this, however, is that we need to be knowledgeable with spiritual guidelines for our daily lives. If we are not careful, we can fin…

Last Sunday morning, when I normally would have been in church, I looked down at a book of Lenten spiritual reflections and saw this quote:

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This is not the article I had intended to do this week, but as we all are experiencing, life doesn’t always go according to man-made plans, does it?

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Fear! The uncertainty of the unknown is causing hysteria across our nation in response to the coronavirus. We are canceling annual sporting events that involve millions of dollars because of fear related to public safety.

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Isn’t it interesting that two people can see the same thing and come away with two different conclusions? The same thing can be said concerning what we hear or what we read.

We are programmed to need an appropriate challenge. We need a habit, skill, or knowledge to be just a little more challenging than our current abilities to inspire us.

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How are you at remembering things? It seems some people have a talent for remembering things — names, events, times, dates, etc. I’ve pretty much decided I don’t have that gift! Often, the harder one tries to remember something, the bigger “blank” it draws.

Earlier this year, I wrote about the need to get back to behavioral fundamentals as a way of helping modern society fix its many ills. Such a project can certainly involve a variety of topics, but a foundational matter that should be considered is a proper conception of God.

I love the biblical short, romance story found in the book of Ruth. The way this story is often told is that the wealthy Boaz falls for the beautiful, young widow who is destitute, virtuous, and caring. They fall in love and live happily ever after. This is not really the Bible story, just h…

Have you ever tried to remove a tree or stump from your yard? How about something as simple as a big bush?

As I begin this piece, looking out on West Broadway, it is striking to me how serene things look. Skies are clear, the wind is down; all seems well on this Tuesday morning.

There is always some kind of deadline we are facing: Bills must be paid, licenses renewed, tax returns filed, projects at work, etc. The list goes on and on.

Most people have heard of the gospel of Luke, it is one of the four gospels which tells the story of Jesus in the New Testament. Its author, Luke, also wrote the New Testament book of Acts of the Apostles which tells the early history of the church.

With opening night on Friday, April 3, Trace Creek Baptist Church will begin the 21st season and showcase its 124th presentation of "The Promise - A Pageant on the Life of Jesus Christ."