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Immense potential lurks within each of us waiting to be used for the glory of God and the good of others. Unfortunately, much of this vast reservoir of talent and energy remains unused because of the fear of failure. Perhaps you’re one of these reluctant ones.

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Mandy and Shane Fugate are central Florida missionaries with The Few Days Here, a ministry working in Guatemala. Mandy is from Fort Ogden, Shane from Lake Placid. This is the first of a two-part interview. (thefewdayshere.com)

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We live in a culture in decay, losing faith in God and discarding His ways. This faith has been the force behind our American character! We inherited a national tradition that is ultimately spiritual in origin — faith in God, in ourselves, in our nation, and in our future. (Stuart Miller, “U…

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While in my mid-twenties (longer ago than I like to acknowledge), I received a call from my father-in-law, a pastor, asking if I would be willing to head the daily summer vacation Bible school at his church. How could I refuse? After all, this good man had given his beautiful daughter to me …

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Most of us start longing for spring shortly after Christmas. And for many good reasons: the anticipation of returning songbirds, signs of new life bringing their annual previews of resurrection, flowers pushing up green hands through the still cold soil announcing brighter days ahead and wea…

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First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden on Sunday celebrated the first worship service in its new church at U.S. Highway 17 and Senate in south DeSoto County. Every seat in the sanctuary was filled, and a nearly equal number occupied the overflow — a total of more than 800 church members and gues…

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Not a week goes by that we don’t see Christianity and its values under attack. Recently it was Karen Pence, wife of our vice president, and Brian C. Buescher, an Omaha-based lawyer nominated to the U.S. District Court.

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Nothing makes headlines like the weather. And this has been a headline already in this new year. Storms have ripped through this country and the world, causing floods, creating lakes in normally arid areas, igniting wildfires where protecting rain once fell predictably, birthing new deserts.

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Now that the message of peace on earth and good will toward men is neatly packed away with the Christmas decorations, we’re in danger of entering our annual relapse into business as usual. Though totally inconsistent with the message of the season we’ve been celebrating, this too often happens.

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“No hope” may be the saddest words in any language. When I hear them, memory often transports me to my childhood and I’m listening to my grandmother tell us about the accident that ended my grandfather’s life.

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An email from a longtime friend puzzled me. He’s convinced that during a mid-’60s sermon he heard me say that, according to the Bible, we would never reach the moon. While pleased he remembered the sermon, I was concerned about his memory of a statement that wasn’t in it, especially since he…

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We’re all familiar with the Magi who came from the east (probably from Iraq), bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. These famous travelers have become the subjects of songs, sermons and pageants every year during this season. But few…

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Recently I dreamed the lights on my Christmas tree suddenly went out. Alarmed, I called out for help. As I awakened, I immediately understood the meaning of my dream. I knew what God was trying to show me.

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