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Have you ever had anyone try to control you through guilt or shame? They may attempt to make you feel guilty for not attending a function they’re hosting. Or shame you for associating with certain individuals.

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I read recently a chilling account of a young woman who plunged to her death from the edge of a rocky cliff. She was attempting to get a picture of herself against the backdrop of a deep ravine.

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There is an old hymn of whose chorus offers these blissful words: “How beautiful heaven must be. Sweet home of the happy and free; Fair haven of rest for the weary, How beautiful heaven must be.”

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In an effort to put the year 1870 (150 years ago) in perspective, consider the following: Just three years prior (1863), President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1 as the nation approached its third year of a bloody civil war.

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Last week, our state received news that the governor had decided to reopen Tennessee businesses. Some people let out a sigh of relief and some were left shaking their heads as if to say “too soon.”

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I recall seeing a humorous skit on a country music program years ago called “Hee-Haw.” Several young ladies were washing clothes on an old-fashion rub board and singing about gossip.

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I was a sophomore in high school when the dastardly terrorist attacks on the twin towers took place on 9/11. I remember that being the first time I was really self-aware of the world beyond Monroe County and America. My life was utterly changed forever.

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The factor that separates Christianity from the world’s religions is the empty tomb. The cornerstone of the Gospel and the hope of every believer lie squarely on the fact that Jesus died to pay our sin debt then rose for our justification.

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It’s astounding to drive through Athens now and to see the places that were once overflowing with people now reduced to only a trickle. Our whole way of life has changed thanks to COVID-19, including our church meetings.

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Martha, Mary and Lazarus were close friends to Jesus. Their home in Bethany was a place where He would come to visit and rest. It was in this home where Mary broke the alabaster box and anointed Jesus with the ointment (Matthew 26:6). This was the site of the miracle of the resurrection of L…

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Before the tornado that ravaged our Fairview community in the early morning hours of Nov. 30, 2016, a large cedar tree stood on the east side of our bedroom window.

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The way of life for Americans in the last week has felt like a bad dream or something out of a horror movie. The stock market dropped significantly, supplies and food are flying off the shelves, school and events have been cancelled, social distancing is being practiced along with some self-…

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I imagine some people think the opposite of faith is fear, like they think the opposite of love is hatred. But just like love and hate can both be extreme emotions, faith and fear both represent a belief.

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Recently, I have been intrigued listening to political pundits talk about a segment of voters called the “undecided.” Being a simple country preacher, I have had a difficult time wrapping my mind around the term.

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If, as a Christian, you’re going to be successful in this life, sooner or later you’re going to have to realize you are something more than a mere mortal man. You were made in the God class of beings, created in His likeness.

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