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Throughout America’s history, many presidents have designated certain days to be set aside for the purpose of prayer.

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The old saying “seeing is believing” is turned around by the risen Lord in his resurrection appearance to Thomas and the other disciples to “believing is seeing.”

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Have you ever watched a 2-year-old struggle to lift something that is much too heavy? If you offer to help, she might yell, “No! I can do it myself!”

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One needs only listen to a day’s news and you’d be reminded of many of the things we humans have to worry about: global warming, suicide bombers, Russia, cyberterrorism, North Korea, tornadoes, fires and floods, identity theft, ZIKA, and the list goes on.

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The Killeen carnival left this week, coincidentally just in time for Ash Wednesday. So, what does the carnival and Ash Wednesday have in common?

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Isaiah 58:1-9 is a challenging text about people who go through the motions of religion so that they don’t actually have to do what religion calls for. If you act like you’re doing what God wants, maybe you won’t have to do what God wants.

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With Valentine’s Day in the rear-view mirror, we have heard many wonderful love stories, spent millions on Special Cards for Special People; kept the florist in business for another year and had enough chocolate covered strawberries to stuff a pig!

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Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is next week (just a heads-up, guys!) The Apostle Paul celebrated love in his letter to the believers at Corinth. He began with the clarification that “love is very patient” (1 Corinthians 13:4).

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When was the last time someone really stopped and listened to you? How about you? Be honest — when was the last time you stopped, set aside your own agenda, and really listened? I mean without trying to figure out how you were going to respond and what you were going to say next or thinking …

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If I ask you all the question, “Who is Jesus?” many of you would correctly tell me, “He is the Son of God” or “the Messiah” or “the savior of the world.”

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Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be …

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New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. As people make plans to quit a bad habit, lose weight or stabilize their budget, Crossroads churches in Killeen and Belton, are eliminating food — at least on a limited basis — from their diet to build a stronger more intimate relationship with God.

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Christianity without the cross is unconscionable, but is not undoable. Many who profess the faith have become quite capable of practicing a cross-less Christianity.

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Have you ever witnessed overwhelming force? My senior year in high school, I watched multinational coalition forces liberate Kuwait on TV. The military operation was rapid, dominant, and overpowering.

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“Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.”

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On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all people, the veil that is spread over all nations. H…

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It was Sept. 22, 2005, when my husband and I received a phone call we won’t soon forget. It was from our dear, dear friends in Webster, Texas. They were calling us to ask if they could stay with us for a ... while.

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We have a great capacity to worry and be anxious. There seems to be heightened anxiety in our world today.

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First United Methodist Church in Killeen will present “A Walk Through Bethlehem” and “A Living Nativity” at Methodist Park off Cunningham Road, adjacent to the church.

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Jesus entered Jericho. ... A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree… When Jesus came to the place, he …

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One of my all-time favorite quotes from a movie comes from the lips of Ricardo Montalban, playing the genetic super-human Khan in the Star Trek franchise.

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Sometimes (often times?) the church gets a bad rap because it does not operate perfectly. But can you point to any entity that is operated by humans that functions perfectly?

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COPPERAS COVE — Trinity Lutheran Church will host its annual German Sausage Fest on Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1206 W. Avenue B (in City Park).

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When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get le…