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When God answers prayer, ‘not yet’

A pastor thought God gave Him an idea, and he presented it at the church board meeting. After giving his most impassioned plea and really “selling” the idea, the board voted and voted down the pastor’s proposed changes 12-1. The head elder looked at the pastor and said, “Well pastor, its 12 votes to 1. It looks like you’ve been out voted, and it is time to go home. Will you please close in prayer.” The pastor, not wanting to give up yet on what he felt God ...

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Fight like a Butterfly

Decades ago, while speaking of an upcoming championship bout, Muhammad Ali constructed a poetic couplet of epic proportions. With glitzy words corresponding to his style both in and out of the ring, “The Greatest” claimed he would “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” because his opponent’s “hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”

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Should the 4th of July be a world holiday?

I’m not one to go for all this “A United World” stuff, but I do think the entire planet should celebrate the 4th of July. Here is why.For thousands of years, the human race trudged along pretty much the same way as it always had and then along came America. Since the founding of America think of how far we’ve come.Medicine: When American independence was declared, doctors believed that “bleeding” someone was the best way to cure what a...

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God deserves this exaltation

America is the country of great men like:*Patrick Henry who said “Give me liberty or give me death.”*George Washington, whose army of farmers defeated the greatest military power in the world to earn the independence of a fledgling country.*Abraham Lincoln, who fought a civil war to free those bound by the oppression of slavery*Teddy Roosevelt, who walked softly and carried a big stick.*Franklin Roosevelt, who said, “We ...

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Hearing God’s quiet voice in man’s noisy world

…after the strong wind and earthquake…after the earthquake a fire…after the fire a still small voice… 1 Kings 19:11-12It was a fun evening and a fairly common one around our house. Our oldest was home from her first year of college. Our youngest was out his admissions application and would leave for college at the end of the summer. But for that moment they were home.

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Woodland owners: Got questions? Get answers

Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property should think about attending one of three Woodland Owners Short Courses being offered around the state this summer, said Billy Thomas, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension forester.When woodlands are managed properly, their health improves and they can produce a cash crop of valuable timber, as well as attract more wildlife and provide a place for family recreation. The 2014 Woodland Owners Short Cour...

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Mesmerized by the hummingbird

The hummingbird needs no introduction, since everyone at one time or other has been mesmerized by its bright color, tiny size and amazing aerial abilities.There are several hundred species of hummingbirds in the world, but the only one found in the eastern United States is the Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). It is around 3 inches long and weighs only one half ounce (hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world). Both sexes have metallic green feathers and a lo...

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Women must know what to expect from Social Security

Everyone needs to be aware of the financial resources they will have available in retirement. But if you’re a woman, you must be particularly diligent, for a variety of reasons. And that means you’ll need to know just what to expect from Social Security.Why should you, as a woman, pay extra attention to Social Security? For one thing, women often take time off from their careers to care for children and older parents, so they may accumulate less money in employer-sponso...

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What did the founders of America say about God?

Hanging over my office desk is a picture of General George Washington in humble prayer in a pine grove, with his horse, at Valley Forge. It is an inspiring picture of an inspiring man of prayer. Skeptics want to claim that all representations of our first president as a devout man of faith are false.

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A garden in the wilderness

More than a decade ago, former Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court installed a massive granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building. Two years later it was removed by court order as a violation of the separation of church and state. Shortly thereafter, Justice Moore was also removed by court order from the Alabama State Judicial Building.Not long after these events played themselves out across our cable ...

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Take credit for your own sin

When was the last time you did something wrong? If an answer doesn’t immediately pop up in your mind, think about it for a minute then continue reading.One trend I’ve seen growing recently is how people don’t take credit for their own sin. There is always some sort of excuse; usually some circumstance or another person, which is the reason a person is thrust into doing what they did. The individual explains that if it had not been for such and such, they would nev...

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The church must nurture a family atmosphere

I saw several ghosts the other night at church. Actually, I dreamed I saw them. I dreamed I was in the attic of First Christian Church and suddenly ghosts started coming out of the walls everywhere. They weren’t frightening, though. It was as though they were strangely happy. They belonged there.Now, ghosts are not real. God does not allow our souls to wander after death. This dream, though, illustrated a point; church is a place in which we should feel at home just like thos...

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Jesus and the Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Perhaps there are no more envied words in the world of political and geographic boundaries then those found in the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence. People from so many nations have so longed to experience these promises. They have left family and familiar settings to...

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Work toward your own financial Independence Day

It’s almost the Fourth of July, the day when we celebrate our independence as a nation and the many liberties we enjoy as individuals. Still, we have to keep working to earn some freedoms — such as financial freedom. But by making the right moves, you may eventually enjoy your own Financial Independence Day.Here are a few such moves to consider:

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Land of the free, home of the brave

Compared to many countries around the world, the United States of America is still free, indeed. The Fourth of July is a good opportunity to take a look at that freedom and how we got it.Our forefathers gave up everything familiar to them in the countries they left behind to make the trek across the ocean and begin a life in this new land. It cost them everything that was familiar to them. Once they left their homelands, families and friends behind, many of them never laid eyes on ...

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It’s chigger time across the state

It’s chigger time across Kentucky. Just talking about them may make you itch.Chiggers are actually the immature stage of certain mite species. You’ll find them most often in overgrown bushy areas. They also congregate in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around shade trees or in berry thickets.Only the larval (immature) stage of this family of mites causes the itching problem. After hatching, larvae crawl around until they find and attach to a su...

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We need the truth of God’s Word

I like to text, it’s easy and quick most of the time. Sometimes it’s hard to understand the new language that goes along with texting; you know, the abbreviations that people use instead of typing out actual words. It’s good because it makes texting easier but sometimes you run across a few acronyms you just don’t know.Here are a few examples:ESO means Equipment Smarter than Operator (I can relate to this one!)FMTYEWTK means Far More Th...

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