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So, What’s the Good News?

December 15, 2022 by

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MARK ALEXANDER ~ So, What’s the Good News? You are among a very large and formidable body of Americans who rise to the exigencies of the times, those who stand fast and firm in the face of adversity. “The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of […]

Who’s to Blame for Columbus Setting Sail Anyway?

October 10, 2022 by

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WILLIAM FEDERER  ~ Why did he travel West to go East? Columbus set sail on his first voyage AUGUST 3, 1492, with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. He explained how the Spanish monarchs approved his plan: “… And ordained that I should not go by land (the usual way) to the Orient (East), […]

Inconvenient

October 10, 2022 by

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RON HELLE  ~ Through suffering I learn endurance, which produces hope. I have hope because Jesus has said that He has overcome the world. “Your house is flooded,” said my friend over the cellphone. Graphic images flooded my mind given that Houston, Texas, had devastating flood damage from Tropical Storm Harvey, dumping up to 52″ […]

Shipwreck

October 2, 2022 by

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RON HELLE  ~ How do we as men stand against the cultural tide? Let me offer two thoughts. It was a long-ago boat excursion somewhere along the Florida coast. We were navigating through a coastal waterway when I observed a sailboat lying on its side, the now faded hull facing the sky. I overheard a […]

Gate Crashers

September 5, 2022 by

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RON HELLE  ~ Have any of you been attacked by a gate lately? Inquiring minds want to know. The night sound of insects and the crackle of a small fire were suddenly shattered by the sound of the explosion. Operating in the lowland rice paddies of the An Hoa Valley, we had determined that the […]

Made for Battle

August 28, 2022 by

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RON HELLE  ~ The reality is that we were made for battle. In the Old Testament many of God’s chosen men were warriors. Some years ago, our men’s group did a video series based on John Eldridge’s book, Wild at Heart. It was an exceptional study. Session five is titled “A Battle to Fight.” Now think […]

Not Ashamed!

August 7, 2022 by

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RON HELLE / AUGUST 5, 2022 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” I could feel the blood rush to my face. We have a term for this in the Marine Corps: “Good initiative, bad judgement!” In this case it wasn’t even good […]

Run to Obtain

July 17, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ Marathon runners don’t wear overcoats and boots to run the race — they shed all extraneous items that would hinder their movement. “Are you a fast runner?” my fellow candidate asked. At 68, I was the oldest guy in the group. “Do I look like a fast runner?” I was in the […]

The Common Denominator of Violence in America

June 19, 2022 by

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Mark Alexander  ~ The result of fatherlessness becomes even more tragically evident when the data connecting that absence to violence is irrefutable.  ~   “The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. … In vain are schools, academies, and universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their […]

Memorial Day Reminiscing

May 29, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ While age does not necessarily guarantee wisdom, coming to saving faith in Christ has given me a new sense of “duty.” ~    Years ago, on a Memorial Day weekend, my pastor asked all of us to pause for a moment of silence to honor those who gave their life for our […]

Eye Problems

May 22, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ What we focus on is going to have an impact on our heart and soul.  ~     I was on vacation in Aruba a few years ago. If you’ve ever been there, you know that the beaches are the best part of the island. Once you get away from the beaches, it’s […]

Empty Nets

May 15, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ It’s when we get off course that God will bring about some empty nets into our lives. ~   “In Jesus’ name, I take dominion over the fish in the sea!” I’m embarrassed now, but as a new believer I used that prayer every time I went fishing. Apparently, I “lacked faith,” or […]

Oil Change — A Parable

May 8, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ God wants us to run on His oil. And with this oil, we get the extended warranty — eternal life! ~   A long time ago (1964) in a land far away (Toledo, Ohio) lived two teenage boys who shared ownership of a car. For some unknown reason, my twin brother Roger and […]

Up-Armored

April 24, 2022 by

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Ron Helle ~ It’s when we turn our back on the enemy that we tend to get “struck down,” because our armor is for offense, not defense. There’s no armor on our back.“ ~   If my insurance agent ever saw me driving like this, my rates would go through the roof!” I thought to myself. […]

‘Pointman’

April 16, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ Some of us want to follow Jesus from afar. Like Peter, we don’t want to get so close to Him that people think we’re His disciples. ~   Although he had covered this ground many times, he still maintained a heightened sense of alertness. If several years in Vietnam had taught him anything, […]

Lamb of God Sacrificed on Passover, Resurrected on Feast of First Fruits

April 15, 2022 by

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[See also Psalms (Tehillim) 118:22-26; Zechariah (Z’kharyah) 12:10-13:1 + 13:7-9; Isaiah (Yesha ‘Yahu) 8:14 + 54:1-12; Daniel (Dani ‘ El) 9:25; Matthew (Mattityahu) 21:9; Mark 11:9; Luke 13:34-35; John (Yochanan) 3:16-21; 1 Peter (1 Kefa) 2:4-10, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.   Sources: NIV, CJB.]   William Federer  ~ Lamb of God Sacrificed on Passover, Resurrected on Feast […]

Mission Impossible

April 10, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ Maybe it’s time to let God do some “Mission Impossible” work in your life? Admit it: Watching Tom Cruise hanging off the side of an aircraft taking off from an airstrip was exciting to watch. Impossible, of course, but that’s the whole gist of the genre. Just like climbing Burj Khalifa, a […]

Hatred Sells

April 7, 2022 by

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Roger Helle ~ Choose to love your enemies rather than hate them. Their hatred blinds them while our love can help them see. ~ I believe many of us in America are exhausted by the leftists’ constant bombardment upon those they disagree with as haters, racists, bigots, or whatever pops into their mind. It’s endless […]

A Feisty Finn Wins on Faith and Free Speech

April 3, 2022 by

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Emmy Griffin  ~ Tweeting Bible verses on the scriptural view of sex and marriage is officially not hate speech in Finland. ~   Former MP Päivi Räsänen and Lutheran Bishop Juhana Pohjola were facing trial for three counts of “hate speech.” This so-called hate speech was the publishing of a pamphlet on the biblical view of […]

Pages

April 2, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ A good mystery novel used to be called a page-turner. I don’t want my story to be a slow, plodding, and boring one. I want it to be a mystery action novel. ~    Let’s say that I’m watching a Hallmark mystery movie with my bride (strictly hypothetical, of course). A number […]

Ears to Hear

March 20, 2022 by

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Ron Helle ~ God gets a bad rap these days. I have had people tell me the Bible is too hard to understand. ~   Some time back I made a trip to our local VA clinic about getting an upgrade to my hearing aids. I don’t go to the VA for much, but its audiology […]

The Master’s Voice

February 20, 2022 by

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Ron Helle  ~ We live in a world that mistreats us all and as a result we are distrustful of people and their intentions. Just before Thanksgiving in 2005, I left the country, embarking on a new adventure. My life philosophy is that “the only thing you can plan on is that nothing goes according […]

John F. Kennedy Shot. What Did He and Others Warn America?

January 18, 2021 by

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William Federer  ~ “We are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.” John F. Kennedy stated in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 28, 1961: “The Pilgrims, after a year of hardship and peril, humbly and reverently set aside a special day upon which to give thanks […]

As One Small Candle May Light a Thousand…

November 26, 2020 by

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“To … the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” ~ Mark Alexander ~ “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” […]