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Fractured Plans by Theresa Jennings

I  think everyone is a "planner" to some degree. When I first awaken in the morning and ascertain what day it is, I mentally run through my tentative plans for the day. Next, I have a quiet devotional time with prayer in which I commit my day to God and ask him to...

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Living in the Mystery, Part II by John N. Avis

She knew it was time to send them back. The caterpillars softly wriggled in her hand, spelling out "Goodbye."  from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick So much of life is a mystery: so little time and so many questions. Through time spent with my grandson, I’m...

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Trust – Further Exploration by Carmen Anderson

 Trust is defined in the dictionary as the “assured reliance of the character, ability, strength or truth of someone.” If we look around locally and globally today, it seems that trust is a commodity that’s in short supply. Not to attempt to glorify the past, for it...

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An Inclusive Community by Neil Boggan

One of the most interesting topics in our world today is the role the Internet and mobile communications play in creating community.  Much of the world is connected through these two means.  We can talk with, text, and message people around the world 24-hours a day...

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Trust by Dr. Jim Lewis

It had been a frustrating morning.  My physician team at the VA was taking care of a 97-year-old man who had suffered debilitating strokes.  I was meeting with the family and the patient to discuss end-of-life issues.  The discussion was not going well.  I tried to...

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Small Miracle by Theresa Jennings

I began my review on the subject of miracles by looking in the concordance of the NIV Bible.  I found two mentions of "miracles" or "miraculous" in the Old Testament and 14 listed in the New Testament.  I was surprised at how few there were.  Anyone who believes in...

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Living in the Mystery by John N. Avis

  from The Stranger  by Chris Van Allsburg “But faith . . . taught me the lesson: to live in the mystery, even to love it.”        from Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood   This summer has allowed me to do things that I have not done in awhile: one is to read – just...

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Kindness by Carmen Anderson

Kindness. The dictionary simply defines the word “kindness” as treating people with respect. Although some might say that kindness has become a rarity in everyday life, being kind has always been a goal of good people everywhere.  It’s no surprise that from childhood...

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Saving the World by Kate Jenkins

  My name is Kate, and I am a senior at the University of Memphis. I am studying anthropology and international studies and will hopefully be going to law school in the fall. You may be thinking, “Wow, this little adult is going to go save the world (or at least she...

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WALLS By Joe Livesay

BUILDING WALLS             Walls have been in the news a lot lately.  Walls have many different uses.  Some walls are used for privacy, some are decorative, and some are used for security to keep people out of one's property.  Walls can be physical, and walls can be...

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Are We Still Evangelicals? By Dr. Jim Lewis

"When I use a word," said Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."  Alas, if only that maxim could be applied to the word "evangelical."  My dilemma is whether or not I'm still...

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God and Mathematics

God and Mathematics By Theresa Jennings Vern Poythress holds six academic degrees including a PhD in mathematics and a ThD. In his book, Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach, he argues in favor of an inexorable connection between God and mathematics, based...

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Poverty By Carmen Anderson

    As part of our on-going relationship with The Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church, our congregation was invited to spend three Wednesday nights at their church in April. The focus of our time together, besides the wonderful opportunity to continue building...

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Returning to God by Neil Boggan

The one is the way to the many. The specific is the way to the spacious. The now is the way to always. The here is the way to the everywhere. The material is the way to the spiritual. The visible is the way to the invisible. We liberate ourselves from illusions and,...

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Memorable Moments from Aging Gracefully by Dr. Jim Lewis

Second Baptist Church hosted Dr. Linda Nichols, Dr. Robert Burns, and Rev. Dennis McDuffie in a seminar Saturday, April 21,  on Aging Gracefully.  Dr. Nichols is a nationally known caregiver researcher based at the Memphis VA Medical Center.  Dr. Burns, the...

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A Piece of Peace by Theresa Jennings

God Gives Peace When we commit our heart and lives to Jesus and accept with great gratitude His sacrifice that frees us from the punishment for our sins, God gives us peace.  We have peace given from God and peace with God. Col.3:15a (NIV) says,  "Let the peace of...

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God is Shining Through, Always Here by Burt Waller

   “Life is this simple.  We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through all the time.  This is not just a fable or a nice story.  It is true.  If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometimes, and we see it...

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“What more in the name of Love?” by John N. Avis

“What more in the name of Love?” by John N. Avis   “The length of life . . . is the inward concern for one’s own welfare. The breadth of life is the outward concern for the welfare of others. The height of life is the upward reach for God. So these are the three...

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Memories of Way of the Cross by Andrew Smith

In 2000 the directors of The Way of the Cross at Second Baptist asked me to play the role of Jesus in the Temple Scene one more time.  I insisted that they needed to get a young man, 33 - 35 years old, to play Jesus.  In 2000 I was 67 years old.   There were only two...

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Fear Not by Carmen Anderson

As a child, my parents would occasionally leave Becky and me at home when they needed to go somewhere. My sister was old enough to “be in charge," so it was fine. I remember one time, however, that she wanted to watch a scary movie. I protested and retreated to our...

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The Reality of Interrelatedness by Neil Boggan

“When you love something, you grant it soul, you see its soul, and you let its soul touch yours. …In fact, until you can appreciate and even delight in the soul of other things…I doubt if you have discovered your own soul either.” - Richard...

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Half Truths Some Christians Believe by Dr. Jim Lewis

The title of Adam Hamilton's new book Half Truths seems appropriate in this fake news era.  Hamilton explores these infamous half truths: "Everything happens for a reason," "God helps those who help themselves," "God won't give you more than you can handle," "God said...

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Too Blessed to Be Stressed by Kate Jenkins

LOL. I’m always stressed. At all times. I’m a full-time college student. I am involved heavily on campus. I am an officer in my sorority. I am a deacon. I work almost 30 hours a week. I got a lot going on.   I want to be a super woman. I want...

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God’s Attention Span by Theresa Jennings

It seems the older I get, the shorter my attention span and the less I remember.  Sometimes I need my telephone landline to locate where I absentmindedly left my mobile phone!  Twenty -three years ago when I found myself to be a widowed, single...

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Entitlement in Sports by Tommy Sexton

I’ve been involved with athletics for most of my adult life, at least from the administrative side of the athletic industry. I have no shame in admitting that I do not have much talent for playing any sports. As a matter of fact, I may have been one of the few people...

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