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Helpless to Save PDF Print E-mail
Written by Al Diestelkamp   

Most Americans, as we witnessed via television the devastation and human suffering in some off the gulf states as a result of hurricane Katrina, have experienced a feeling of helplessness.  We would like to be of aid, but are virtually helpless to know what to do – other than giving financial assistance.

How helpless we felt to see thousands of people relocated to emergency evacuation centers where they lacked adequate food and water for days.  Even worse, some who had not heeded the danger warnings were desperately crying for salvation from their rooftops.

The Contest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ronald Stringer   

It all started with a radio contest in New York City.  The contest was called, “sex for Sam” and was overseen by the “Opie and Anthony” radio show.  Apparently, viewers were encouraged to have sexual relations in risky places.  Couples would receive a certain amount of points based on where they performed the act.  For example, a church building was worth 25 points, the Rockefeller Center was worth 30 points, etc.  Whoever received the most points would be given a prize.

Being Naive About Evil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rick Liggin   

It’s really kind of funny when we run into someone who is genuinely naïve about certain things.  We sort of chuckle at this innocence, and may even poke a little fun at such a person.  But even though being naïve may be somewhat foolish at times, it’s not always bad.  There are some things that we need to be naïve about, especially if we are Christians.

Defeating Temptation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kris Brewer   

Unfortunately, it has become common practice to give in to almost every temptation that Satan is capable of throwing at mankind. Too many people have decided that giving in to temptation is not very significant...after all, everyone is doing it! However, that is not what God wants from us. He wants for us to stand and fight against the wiles of the Devil, and has provided everything that we need to be successful. Consider just a few suggestions to help in the task of defeating temptations:

Remember that you are spiritual in nature. The apostle Paul wrote that we are to put off the old man of sin, and raise up a new man that will be a spiritual man (Romans 6:1-14). This means that we must make the choice to not allow the physical, carnal side to have more influence over our actions than our spiritual side. There is a constant battle that will rage between the two, but we must see to it that the spiritual side is successful (Romans 7:15-8:11). It is possible for us to be successful, but we must be dedicated to our spiritual life, rather than being so focused on worldliness and sinful pleasures that distract us. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

Why Am I A Nail? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kent E. Heaton, Sr.   

The only thing the nail knows is what it is like to be pounded, pulled, bent and abused by something much larger than him.  His whole design is submission to the will and desires of something else.  He has no choice in where he is placed and no choice about his destiny.

Some nails are pounded into beautiful pieces of wood and great attention is given to their appearance.  Other nails are spent in rough timber to be supporting pieces of a greater frame.  The unlucky nails are bent from the careless efforts of the master, pulled and discarded.  If the master chooses, he will leave the bent nail in the wood as a misshapen piece of metal.

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