At various times when different athletes have ended up in trouble and the question arises about whether their careers can recover from the incident—almost regardless of the offense—sports journalists emphasize: Americans are a forgiving people. Considering the level of immorality associated with the world of sports and the declining interest in Christianity in society, this […]

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Prayer today has taken on a great variety of forms. Some maintain a formality in prayer that trusts in proper grammar and outdated English to convey basic thoughts. Others view prayer as a casual conversation between a Father and child. However, both of these offer a rather shallow view of prayer. While there are most…

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Despite the later respect David gained as the prototypical king of Israel, distrust, danger, and civil war marked the early days of his reign. While reigning in Hebron following the death of Saul, the rise of Saul’s son, Ishbosheth, kept Israel divided during a time when other enemies still sought an opportunity to renew their…

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Offering a prayer for someone else’s safety occurs regularly in our family. Indeed, such a request often comes before the throne of God at the close of an assembly of the saints. Sometimes we make this request in passing when we have taken that safety for granted. At other times, when the weather threatens or…

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The world’s march toward darkness has quickened its pace in recent years, trampling over long recognized standards of decency and right to impose its ungodliness on the whole of our society. Satan’s wish list of years ago has become the prevailing dogma of today. In a world gone mad, we increasingly hear people call evil…

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Most people have been there at some time in their lives—a combination of feeling out of control, frightened, nervous, and worried, all rolled up into one. It leaves us feeling either paralyzed by fear or acting irrationally. Panic is part of our natural, God-given defense system, alerting us to some kind of imminent danger. It…

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David was on the run. Absalom’s political conspiracy against his father had reached the level of a full-fledged coup de tat, winning the hearts of much of Israel through promises made and carefully planned demonstrations of authority (2 Sam. 15:1-12). The outlook for the much-revered king was bleak indeed, for “The heats of the men…

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When Solomon reigned as king in Israel, he inherited a time of peace that David, his father, never enjoyed. As a result, he had the providential opportunity to focus on building projects—a focus shared by all ancient rulers during times of peace and plenty. However, while Solomon did erect a palace for himself, his main…

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