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When God Told Garth Brooks No!

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People say that God answers our prayers in 3 different ways. Sometimes God says, “yes,”  sometimes God says, ”not yet,” and then sometimes God says, “no” for our best in life. Garth Brooks wrote a song years ago, called “Unanswered...

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The Empty Chair

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In the next several weeks, I’m going to be teaching each Sunday on the topic of prayer, leading up to May 3rd, the National Day of Prayer. I think you’ll enjoy this story. A man's daughter had asked the local pastor to come and pray with her father. When the pastor arrived, he...

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GRATEFUL FOR THE SPRING

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I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of this weather.  Only in Ohio can you wake up to snow the day after Easter, then have tornado warnings, torrential rains, winds up to 40 miles an hour….I’m ready for spring, are you? But don’t forget to say thank you to...

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Good Friday, Way of the Cross

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Tomorrow is Good Friday, and all around the world, people will be observing the day that Christ was crucified.  Here in Hamilton, hundreds of people in different denominations will be gathering at the old courthouse steps at 12:00 noon to walk the Way of the Cross. We’ll have...

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WHAT IS HOLDING YOU TOGETHER?

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In about a week and a half it will be Good Friday, and here in Hamilton we observe Good Friday with the “Way of the Cross” with hundreds of people and churches coming together. Years ago, there was a doctor on a treadmill watching television, and he was listening to a minister...

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HOW MUCH FARTHER? WAIT FOR IT.

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 This time of year, people are talking about Spring Break, warmer weather, maybe even getting away and going to Florida.  Years ago, I had a church back in Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley, and a little 5 yr. old boy, named Robert, had a great sense of humor.  For the first...

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We Are All Under Construction

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This is the time of year when there’s lots of road construction going on everywhere. Years ago Billy and Ruth Graham were driving along a highway, where there was lots of construction and lots of orange barrels. They were crawling along at 10 mph, when they finally came to the end there...

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Storms and Floods in the Midwest

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Here in the Midwest, we are in the season of flooding, thunderstorms, and even tornadoes. Back in 1999, in a small town in Oklahoma, a Baptist preacher moved there to take a church.  He and his wife unpacked their belongings all day in the parsonage, and then decided to shower and get...

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A Funny and True Billy Graham Story....Wait for it

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“This last week, we lost one of the great preachers of all time, Dr. Billy Graham. But, I have to tell you a great story: Years ago, one of my classmates took a small church in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  It was summertime, in fact it was August, and he figured a lot of...

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