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Is your head spinning yet?

By Paul Bawden It’s hard to believe what is happening in the USA. We just celebrated Columbus Day, which the President has now called Indigenous People Day. The history revisionists, particularly, the far-left historian, Howard Zinn, whose book, “A People’s History of the United States,” has left a major mark on American K-12 and college…

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Is there any good in the world?

By Paul Bawden I was in conversation with some friends at a funeral luncheon recently, and the subject turned to what is happening in our world, particularly in the USA. As the conversation went along, it turned somewhat negative, as it was suggested that things are going to get worse and worse. It appeared that…

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Is human life valuable??

By Paul Bawden Recently, I read an article from Answers In Genesis (8/30/21) entitled, “Chimeras – A Frightening Future”? I’ll share below some of the thoughts in that article. What is a chimera? In science today, chimeras refer to human-animal hybrids. It’s artificially combining human and animal cells. Then the article asked the question –…

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Why is our world so messy?

By Paul Bawden I ask myself this question as I watched the recent tragic developments in Afghanistan, the ongoing chaos at the US southern border, and the push to cause us all to lose our true identity and value as individuals. Could the messes in our world be for lack of knowledge? The old master…

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Whose eyes?

By Paul Bawden My wife and I recently had our yearly eye appointments – actually two-year appointments due to the pandemic. We like to make sure we take care of our physical eyes. I’m sure you do as well. Yes, there are physical eyes but there are also spiritual eyes – how we see things…

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Should Americans celebrate the 4th of July?

By Paul Bawden This is a relevant question for all Americans to consider. For we are being led to believe by some that the 4th of July is not what we may think it is. Writing in a recent Daily Signal, Jarrett Stepmen informs us that the recently created National Archives and Records Administration Task…

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Where’s dad?

By Paul Bawden If we listen to some people today, dads or fathers aren’t a necessary part of the family. In fact, the family can be anything you want it to be. The traditional family is obsolete and is not necessary for a society to have stability. Regardless of the thinking that’s trying to influence…

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Remembering our heroes

By Paul Bawden Memorial Day is on Monday, May 31, 2021. It’s a day set aside to honor the men and women of the U. S. military who have given the ultimate sacrifice of laying down their lives to preserve our freedoms in America. Originally called Decoration Day, it originated three years following the Civil…

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The future – what the Bible says!!

By Paul Bawden That question may seem irrelevant in today’s educated world of skepticism and eclecticism. The Bible? What’s that have to do with the future? It’s interesting that Stoner in “Science Speaks” took eight prophecies in the Old Testament that refer to Jesus Christ and are fulfilled in Him in the New Testament. Stoner…

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Are we losing our minds?

By Paul Bawden CNN ran a report recently that it’s not possible to know a person’s gender at birth, and there’s no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth. Then the President of the United States included this in a statement, during an “Equal Pay Day” event that there’s not a single thing a man…

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Holy Week – really?

by Paul Bawden In the so-called Christian world, Holy Week, is a familiar term. It’s that week from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday – this year, Sunday, March 28 to Sunday, April 4, 2021. Actually, the term was first used in in the 4th century by St. Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, and St. Epiphanius of…

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Ideology or reality?

By Paul Bawden A lot of terms are thrown around today especially in the American culture. Some of these terms are white supremacy, white privilege, black lives matter, social justice, systemic racism, and critical race theory. Then there is the term, wokeness, which really summarizes the different terms, meaning a coming alive, coming to understand…

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The Equality Act – can this be true?

By Paul Bawden The US House of Representatives, as you may have heard, has passed the Equality Act, which the House passed once before. The Senate did not take it up at that time. Now the Act goes again to the Senate for consideration and a vote. Certainly, the idea of equality sounds good. We…

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What the world needs now

By Paul Bawden Is love sweet love ….. The words of this old hit tune came to mind as I observe all the tension, anger, hatred, accusations, and disagreement in Washington D.C. , in the news media, and in the United States. Then it’s Valentine’s Day on February 14 – the day designated to express…

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Truth on the scaffold?

By Paul Bawden Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne . . . . These words from the pen of James Russell Lowell came to mind as I have watched the different events unfold in the USA over the past several months. For it appears that somewhere in the midst of all…

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What do we really desire in 2021?

By Paul Bawden The year 2020 has been called the annus horribilis – “the horrible year.” Certainly, it has been a horrible year world-wide. Even though we look forward to 2021, hoping for new beginnings, we know this pandemic will take time to come to an end, even with the vaccine. At the same time,…

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Born in conflict for victory

By Paul Bawden As we think about the birth of Christ, it was a time when there was peace in the Roman Empire. However, when Herod, the ruler of Galilee, found out that the wisemen didn’t return to Jerusalem to tell him about the King of the Jews, the Christ-child, he immediately had all the…

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Miracle or myth?

By Paul Bawden This was the title of an article in the December AFA Journal written by Alex McFarland. It caught my attention for it was talking about the season of the year in which we find ourselves, the Christmas season. Certainly, all religions don’t celebrate Christmas. Regardless, Christmas is celebrated around the world. This…

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Give thanks, really?

By Paul Bawden My wife and I were listening to a television program recently where the hosts were talking about thanksgiving. With their special guest, they spent some time considering what one could be thankful for during this thanksgiving season. As I listened to their conversation, I begin to ask myself this question, “Why give…

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Am I believing the biggest lie?

By Paul Bawden You may be familiar with the term, the big lie. It’s the name of a propaganda technique coined by Adolf Hitler. The big lie was that a lie told over and over again, and treated as true, would eventually be believed as truth. Hitler, in his hatred of the Jewish people, used…

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Winners and losers in the USA election

By Paul Bawden Both parties in the USA election are stating that the 2020 election is one of the most important in the history of America. Such is true when one considers the two different platforms that are apparent in each of the political parties. One must choose wisely. So, what will be one’s attitude…

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Voting in the U.S.A. election

By Paul Bawden Election day in the USA is Tuesday, November 3. Already voting has started through the mail. So, who should one vote for? Here are some questions to think about before one votes. A recent Breakpoint provided some thoughts for the following consideration. (1) How does the candidate value life? Is one just…

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Life or death?

By Paul Bawden Recently my sister passed away after a two year battle with ovarian cancer. She lost the battle but won the war. I say that because my sister had a living faith, faith that was placed not in the changing ideas of men, but in the unchanging person of the Lord Jesus Christ,…

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Is America losing its soul?

By Paul Bawden The happenings in America can only cause one to ask this question. For the foundation of any country, of any civilization, is that which keeps a people grounded in that which lasts. And what is that which lasts? That which promotes righteousness – that which upholds the integrity and value of each…

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Freedom at risk??

By Paul Bawden The wake-up call, have you heard it? It’s a loud cry to every American to wake up to the reality that individual freedom is being directly challenged – challenged by those causing uprisings, destruction, with certain demands – that if their changes are not met, the place will be burned down. Such…

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Peace – really???

By Paul Bawden The happenings in the United States right now are telling us that there is a desperate need for peace – peace among individuals, peace in all of our relationships, and ultimately peace with God. Of course, saying that there is a need for peace in the USA at this time almost seems…

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Something of ‘hell’ breaks loose

By Paul Bawden The lethal Coronavirus stopped the world in its tracks. Now the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd has caused protests along with riots and vandalism in major cities in the United States, with such spreading world-wide. Our prayers for God’s strength, peace, and comfort are for those who have lost loved…

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Who has the last Word?

By Paul Bawden Has God said?Famous words that have been around a long time. More like infamous words, for they tell us that there is another who thinks that he is the last word. Who is that? It’s the old deceiver who caused Adam and Eve to think that they were the last word in…

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Reason only??

By Paul Bawden I read an article recently by Mark Tapson, a Shillman Fellow on Popular Culture for the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He was quoting from Sophie Lewis who, in a recent opinion piece at Open Democracy, wrote that, “We deserve better than the family. And the time of corona is an excellent time…

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Eternal hope In one’s crisis!!

By Paul Bawden In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, we are in the Good Friday Easter season. So what does that have to do with what is happening in our country and the world, as all of us are affected in different ways, some suffering from the virus, and others have lost loved ones…

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Where is God?

By Paul Bawden The outbreak of the coronavirus is certainly devastating and heartbreaking, and hopefully it can be curbed soon. Our prayers are with those who have lost loved ones, and that those who have the virus will respond quickly to treatment. When something awful like this happens with the loss of valuable human life,…

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Love everlasting???

By Paul Bawden A man and his friend were talking about marriage. The one fellow asked his friend what the success was in his many years of marriage to his wife. “Oh,” he replied. “That’s easy. She goes out to eat on Tuesday evenings, and I go out to eat on Thursday evenings. Not exactly…

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Revolution or resolve?

By Paul Bawden At the beginning of the New Year, many make New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you have made a resolution for the New Year. I trust you are keeping your resolution. However, keeping a New Year’s resolution is not easy. Failure usually sets in because the resolution is made in one’s self, in one’s…

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The night of miracles

By Paul Bawden As we celebrate Christ’s birth, it’s always a time to reflect back, to see again how involved the loving biblical God was in the night Christ was born. Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, the house of bread, where Jesus, the Bread of Life, the true Shepherd of the sheep, was born…

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Eternity and time

By Paul Bawden Time slips through our fingers like sands through the hourglass. Indeed, we can do nothing to stop the passing of time. It bears all its sons away. We are born, grow to adulthood, live some years on planet earth, and we are gone. So the popular philosophy seems to be to eat,…

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Giving thanks!

By Paul Bawden Thanksgiving Day had its origin in November 1621. After the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native Americans, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the…

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Have you heard?

By Paul Bawden Math—it’s oppressive! This was the first sentence in an article from Answers In Genesis. Evidently there is a new proposed curriculum, in Seattle, Washington, that would teach young people such, if approved in June. As reported, this new curriculum will integrate math with social justice, while focusing on “power and oppression.” Students…

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The day that changed church history

By Paul Bawden As the month of October winds down, I believe it’s always well for us to stop and remember a day that changed the course of church history. I’m referring to Reformation Day, October 31, 1517, which is commemorated this year on Sunday, October 27, called Reformation Sunday. Reformation Sunday takes its name…

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Robots in the pulpit

By Paul Bawden I read an interesting article the other day entitled, “Robots In The Pulpit.” It was from Breakpoint Daily published by the Colson Center. The article pointed out that one of the Buddhist temples in Kyoto, Japan, is now featuring a new robotic “priest” known as Mandar. Designed to look like Kannon, the…

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Words mean what they say?

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Seminary, recently wrote an article entitled, “Humpty Dumpty, Alice in Wonderland, and the Masters Who Control the Language.” Humpty Dumpty once said to Alice, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean. Neither more or less.” Alice responded to Humpty Dumpty,…

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Life – it’s all about relationships

By Paul Bawden Recently, my wife and I attended a conference where Ken Sande was the main speaker. Ken is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom – RW 360. He is trained as an engineer, lawyer, and mediator, having conciliated hundreds of family, business, church and legal conflicts. What was Ken’s message? Life…

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Only a Sunday God??

By Paul Bawden I’m sure you have noticed that there are those who like to keep the biblical God out of the public arena, out of our schools, out of the work place, and out of our government. It is well to keep in mind that since the biblical God (Psalm 139) is able to…

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Giving honor!

By Paul Bawden Time has gone by quickly and Memorial Day weekend is here. Since Memorial Day is Monday, I thought a brief history of the Day might be helpful, as the Day is set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Known originally as Decoration Day,…

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Mom, you’re the greatest!

By Paul Bawden A cartoon portrayed a little fellow talking to a clerk as he stood next to the Mother’s Day cards. Some of the cards said, “Awesome Mother,” “To A Great Mother,” Perfect Mother,” “Wonderful Mother,” “The Best Mother,” Wonderful Mother,” “The Best Mom.” Evidently, the little fellow couldn’t read yet, and he told…

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Deconstruction – what’s that?

By Paul Bawden We live in an environment where truth is no longer truth. Such a situation is described by the term, deconstruction. It’s the philosophical movement and theory of literary criticism that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth. It asserts that words can only refer to other words, and attempts to demonstrate…

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The week that changed the world

By Paul Bawden A lot of different weeks have left their imprint on the pages of history. But there is one week that changed the world. It’s the week that started on Palm Sunday, called Passion Week. Jesus Christ came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey symbolizing His humility. He came fulfilling prophetic Scripture (Zechariah…

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What’s happened to our minds?

By Paul Bawden I can only ask this question as I hear and see what is happening in the United States. It has nothing to do about which political party you are part of or not a part of, although some like to think so. It has nothing to do about what education you have…

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Life priceless??

By Paul Bawden Recently a new law expanding abortion rights was passed in New York. In Virginia a similar bill has been proposed as well. Such news should cause each of us to be aroused to righteous indignation as we hear how far politicians will go to make decisions about life that is created in…

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Never give up

By Paul Bawden One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He…

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Grand miracle or man’s magic?

By Paul Bawden Visiting our grandchildren some time ago, the library in the town was offering a free evening to come and watch a magician. We decided to attend, and it was a most enjoyable evening as he entertained us with his magical skills. At the same time, we understood that he was just a…

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Christmas – did He come?

By Paul Bawden Did Jesus Christ really come into the world? The way to answer that question is to look at where Christ is talked about. There is only one place to go and that is to the Bible. When we do that, we find in the Old Testament many prophecies that talk about Christ’s…

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Have an attitude of gratitude!

By  Paul Bawden Betsie and Corrie Ten Boom discovered while in Ravensbruck, one of the worst concentration camps in Germany, the guards wouldn’t come into the bunkroom because of the fleas, allowing them to have a Bible study without fear of execution. Betsie exclaimed, “Thank God for the fleas!” What an amazing response in the…

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After the election, now what?

By Paul Bawden Yes, the elections in the United States are now history. One of the most exciting things that has happened is that the many ads have ceased. And regardless of who was elected, the sun is still coming up and going down. People are still getting up and going to work. Life is…

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Is freedom free?

By Paul Bawden July 4th is always a day of great celebration in the United States of America. It’s a time of celebrating the freedoms we have in this great county, freedoms, which were set forth in the publication of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Declaration of Independence encapsulated those freedoms when it…

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Dads, are we needed?

By Paul Bawden A son at college wrote his dad, “No mon, no fun, your son.” The dad wrote back, “Too bad, so sad, your dad.” Being a dad is not always easy, but it is one of the highest privileges that a man can have. In fact, the title that dad has, father, means…

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70th anniversary

By Paul Bawden May 14, 2018, is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern nation of Israel. The existence of the nation of Israel today is truly the biblical God’s doing. Israel, through Abram, whose name was changed to Abraham, was promised to have a land, a seed, and be a blessing. Those…

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National Day Of Prayer

By Paul Bawden The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3, 2018. Although created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on…

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Death conquered?!

By Paul Bawden “Impossible!” “How can you know?” “It can only be a spiritual happening, if it occurred.” “Yes!” Are some of the responses. In spite of the responses, credible eyewitnesses tell us that the God-man, who was crucified and buried, has come forth from the grave bodily. What does that mean for you and…

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Life sacred?

By Paul Bawden Sunday, January 21, 2018, is designated as Sanctity of Life Sunday. This Sunday is set aside, the third Sunday of every year, to promote the sacredness of life, and to raise the public awareness of the immoral decision of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 to legalize abortion in…

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Foolish?

By Paul Bawden On January 8, 2018, is the 62th anniversary of the five missionaries who were martyred in Ecuador on January 8, 1956. Jim Elliot along with Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian had committed their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ to take His gospel to the unreached Auca Indians,…

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Back to 1517

By Paul Bawden What is the significance of 1517? October 31, 2017, is the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On that day, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Why did Martin Luther do that? He became concerned about the practices…

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Charlottesville/Barcelona – the heart of the matter

By Paul Bawden The evil happenings in Charlottesville and the terrorist attack in Barcelona remind us sadly of the hatred in men’s hearts. Our society and world cannot accept racism and the killing of human life created by the biblical God in His image. But why this flagrant display of evil in these settings? And…

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