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Independence Day 2015

In a few days, we will again celebrate the birthday of our nation. The United States of America will be 239 years old. As you might expect, our great country has experienced many ups and downs. As soon as we solve one problem, another one rises. That’s life. It happens to nations and individuals alike. Repetitive national crises cause some to lose hope. As we prepare to celebrate our national

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Our Father

Orey Steinman was just “messing around” with his computer when he typed his unusual name into an internet search engine. What he learned was shocking. He saw a childhood picture of himself on a website for missing children. The 17 year old learned that his mother had taken him from Canada 14 years ago in the midst of a custody battle.

ShepherdCalls_WPThe whole experience conjures up many thoughts. Was the

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The Convenience of Unbelief

Stories abound about confrontations between Christians and unbelievers. The most common setting for these accounts is the university campus. Usually, an atheist professor is presented as taunting young believers in class. That scenario of young learners and authoritarian instructors conjures up deep emotions among the saints.

ShepherdCalls_WPNo doubt, some of those stories are true; but I suspect many of them are fiction, products of fearful faithful who want desperately for

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Is the Grass Greener?

Originally, the proverb said, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” The observation likely stems from watching cattle stretch across the fence to nibble a blade of grass while standing in a lush green pasture. Today, the axiom is often shortened simply to, “The grass is always greener…” and can refer to any assumed better opportunity somewhere else.

ShepherdCalls_WPWhat brought this adage to mind was

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The Sky is Not Falling

The most recent Reader’s Digest contains a report of a study done by Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack on slate.com. According to their conclusions based on analysis of current available data, the sky is not falling or to use their words, “The world is not falling apart.”

ShepherdCalls_WPIt is easy to become paranoid by reading the headlines. “News is about things that happen, not things that don’t happen.” For example,

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To Be or Not to be a Church

by Dr. H. Wade Paris

The Associated Press recently reported a story about a swingers club converting into a church. A group in downtown Nashville, reportedly a swingers group, known as the Social Club sold its building and purchased a new one several miles away. In some ways, the new location is suitable; it is isolated at the end of a dead end street. However, it is near Good Pasture

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Democracy’s Dues

ShepherdCalls_WPThere must surely be a better way. Having no better way to propose, I grow tense thinking about the months of political wrangling ahead – the speeches, the innuendo, the half-truths, untruths, the debates, and the spin makes my head ache.

Like I said, I have no better way to propose; however, I do have an observation that might improve our perspective. Make the campaign window smaller, briefer. The presidential

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The PRNDL on my vehicle is broken. You may not know what an automotive PRNDL is but almost every car has one. It’s that little gauge just over your steering wheel, usually a slightly arched shape, that plainly reads PRNDL. It could easily be a Hebrew word for the Hebrew language usually omits the vowels. This is very confusing to the reader who must select his/her own vowels. However, it

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Bark If You Love Life

He was a community dog. Many communities have them. They make the rounds of the residences to visit with neighbor dogs and their owners. Residents pet and sometimes feed community dogs so they keep coming around. Our community dog was a beagle. I called him, “Snoopy,” and other folk followed suit.

ShepherdCalls_WPNo one seemed to know “who Snoopy belonged to.” The usual answer to that query was “He belongs to

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