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Without Wax

Do a google search for the word sincere and you will find a debate regarding the origins of the word. One story, most likely arising from folk lore, states that sincere is derived from two Latin words: sine (without) and cera (wax). I am no expert in etymology, but I can state emphatically, that as…

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Biblical Photoshopping

Jesus used stories and parables to paint lasting mental images.  Today, images are frequently photoshopped. Things are not always what they seem to be. Photoshopping refers to altering a digital image in a way that distorts reality often for deliberately deceptive purposes. Has the true meaning of one of the most beloved stories in the…

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Eight Years of Evangelical Outreach

Eight years ago, on September 22, 2011, I felt a nudge from God to write an inspirational email to 15 of my friends. Little did I know then, that it was the beginning of what would become 4th Day Letters. After eight years, these weekly messages are being read around the world. Today, I want…

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Those Were The Days

In 1968 Mary Hopkin sang, THOSE WERE THE DAYS. Included in the song were these lyrics, “Those were the days my friend. We thought they’d never end. We’d sing and dance forever and a day.” People tend to romanticize the past, choosing to only remember the good.  Christians can get caught up in this too.…

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Polytheism

Greek Mythology had a god or goddess for just about everything. The Romans also had many gods and although their names were different, their deities had much in common with the Greek gods. The early Jews frequently fell into the practice of worshiping false gods too. The sad reality is that most Christians also worship…

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The Epiousios Diet

There are too many diets to keep track of. Most become passing fads. Some are supported by medical data. Others are not. Each unique diet puts forth its own unique claim. One promises to reduce cholesterol levels. Another says it lowers blood pressure. Yet another one purports to reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s disease. Only…

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What Is Your Butterfly Effect?

“We were like two ships passing in the night.” This is a metaphoric expression, often used when two people have a short, chance, passing encounter. Often only a few words are exchanged. The two individuals separate, continue on their way, and often never see each other again. As Christians, should we be concerned about the…

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One Small Step For Man

I am writing this message on Saturday morning, July 20, 2019. Fifty years ago today, it was July 20, 1969. I was just 12 years old. Like everyone else, I was glued to the television screen and listening to Walter Cronkite on CBS news. The events of that first lunar landing are etched in my…

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In Love Or Just Friends?

Has anyone ever asked you if you have a “personal relationship” with Jesus? I believe that Jesus is calling Christians to something much deeper than a “personal” relationship with Him. He is calling us to an intimate relationship with Him.  I believe the Bible is clear on this fact. Are we in love with Jesus…

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The Folly Of Self-Reliance

Not one of us chose to be born. None of us knows the date and manner of our death.  We did not choose our hair color, eye color or skin color. We did not choose our nationality. In order to live, we are completely dependent on air and water, and clearly we did not create…

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