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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
What kind of faith?
Posted Wednesday, August 24, at 9:17 AM
Faith is certainly an essential element in the Christian life. The Bible tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God; that the Christian is saved by faith; and that whatever we do apart from faith is sin. We must realize, however, that there are different kinds of faith, and that only one can "save" us. In the second chapter of the book of James we find a discussion about the different kinds of faith, with an emphasis upon that faith which works to the saving of the soul...

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Our Citizenship
Posted Wednesday, August 17, at 10:56 AM

I recently spent a couple of days in a town considered one of our nation's biggest tourist attractions. As I walked around observing the sights, I was struck, once again, at how many of the folks milling about were from other countries. It would be fair to say there were people visiting from all over the world. ...

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Now what?
Posted Friday, August 5, at 8:54 AM

Well, the primaries have concluded and now we look forward to the general election in November. Throughout the past couple of years we have heard a couple of words thrown around from all sides of the political realm. They are "cronyism" and "rigged."...

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A might have been
Posted Friday, July 29, at 10:41 AM

by Bob Stewart The Shepherd's Heart I might have been a carpenter With a hammer and some nails Or maybe a southbound engineer With my eye upon the rails I might have been a teacher Working for a noble cause Or maybe an officer of the peace Enforcing the nation's laws...

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Just about 'over it'
Posted Wednesday, July 20, at 10:18 AM

This week, we get to "enjoy" the Republican Party's celebration/slug-fest/nominating process played out on our television screens and mobile devices 24-hours a day. And then (say it isn't so) next week we get to see the Democrats do the same thing. Promises will be made. ...

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Big shoes to fill
Posted Wednesday, June 22, at 9:59 AM

I know Father's Day has already come and gone, but I just had to give a shout out to the man who brought me up. He was a hard working man as far back as I can remember. He worked for 42 years at a steel mill in Kansas City, changing shifts every week and sometimes working double shifts several times a week. ...

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Collections
Posted Wednesday, May 11, at 11:40 AM

I remember that long line of tea pots lining the wall atop the "sideboard" in my grandmother's dining room. There were pots that looked like chickens and milk cows and all different types of farm animals. Some were beautifully floral in design; some had gold trim and a shiny surface that looked polished and refined. Others, like the corn teapot, had salt and pepper shakers and a corn cob shaped butter dish to go along with them...

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Collections
Posted Monday, May 9, at 11:15 AM

I remember that long line of tea pots lining the wall atop the "sideboard" in my grandmother's dining room. There were pots that looked like chickens and milk cows and all different types of farm animals. Some were beautifully floral in design; some had gold trim and a shiny surface that looked polished and refined. Others - like the corn teapot - had salt and pepper shakers and a corn cob shaped butter dish to go along with them...

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Peace ... Be Still
Posted Wednesday, April 27, at 7:51 AM

Last night I was watching and listening to reports of storms, tornadoes, flooding and large hail in a variety of locations across the country and, later, listening to the storm blow through here at home. It always leaves me with a feeling that tends to be hard to describe...

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Every Now and Again
Posted Wednesday, April 27, at 7:44 AM

Every now and again, I get a little frustrated with everything going on in the world - the election mess, the terrorists, the wars, the earthquakes - and I take a little break by going to what is known in the modern day vernacular as my "happy place" in the hills of north-central Arkansas...

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Blood and Carnage ... and Vigilance
Posted Wednesday, March 30, at 9:56 AM

Twenty-four hours after the morning called a "time of blood and carnage" by several television correspondents reporting from Brussels, I find myself compelled once again to remind everyone that those actions which have taken place - and that are taking place -- can - and probably will - happen on American soil any time...

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Cleansing the Temple
Posted Wednesday, March 30, at 9:34 AM

After Jesus made his way into Jerusalem at the beginning of what we call "Holy Week" - after the throngs welcomed him with palm branches and hosannas and "Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord" - he went to the temple, his Father's house. What He found there caused him great concern - so much so that he became what some might call enraged...

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A Stirring
Posted Thursday, March 3, at 11:50 AM

There are times when you stand outside and begin to look around. Off in the distance you see dark clouds gathering, ominous and threatening and moving quickly. You might take time to size up how far you think the storm might be from your own location; who or what might be in the storm's path; the intensity of the storm; how long you have to prepare; and what the best course of action might be...

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I'd Hammer Out Danger ...
Posted Friday, February 19, at 12:05 PM

I'd Hammer Out Danger ... The Bible warns of "wars and rumors of war" and "earthquakes in divers places" as sign of the beginning of the end. Men and women have taught for years that we are at the very threshold of the "end times" and that we should all be preparing for the coming season of woes. I'm not sure where I stand on all that...

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The Troubadour
Posted Wednesday, January 20, at 9:59 AM

I am one of those folks who remember things that happened 40 years ago like it was yesterday but somehow can't remember where I put my car keys this morning. But I can remember when I first heard that song. It was early summer 1972. I had been at my grandparent's place outside of Mountain View with my uncle and we were headed back to Kansas City. ...

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Fifty-Eight in Forty-One
Posted Tuesday, November 3, at 9:05 AM

I recently awoke in the "middle of the night" and glanced at the clock to see what time it was. Through the grogginess I saw the red digital numbers staring back at me and couldn't believe my eyes. The clock read 1941 -- or so it appeared. I spent the rest of the night thinking about what it would have been like to be 58 years old in 1941. What would the world have looked like? What would I have witnessed in my lifetime leading up to 1941?...

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West of the Mississippi
Posted Thursday, October 1, at 4:01 PM

West of the Mississippi Spent some time on the Pigeon River And on the banks of the Cumberland Walked the hills of Appalachia With my lady - my best friend Saw the view from Lookout Mountain Across the Cumberland Plateau But when my wandering days are over...

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What a Party
Posted Wednesday, September 23, at 10:56 AM

Well, I promised you a follow-up about our Nashville trip, so I will try. To put it simply, the trip was amazing. We went to visit the Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ol' Opry, and to be a part of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 50th Anniversary Celebration. But we got so much more than we thought possible. Suffice it to say I will run out of (and repeat) many superlatives during the course of this column...

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Back to the "Mother Church"
Posted Thursday, September 17, at 3:44 PM

When I was younger -- a kid probably -- my parents used to gather us up every other Sunday afternoon and take us to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in the "other" Kansas City- the one across the viaduct in Kansas. On those afternoons I was introduced to a world I would learn to appreciate more than I could have imagined way back then...

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Waiting ... Maybe Not So Patiently
Posted Friday, September 4, at 3:13 PM

I know it's just a tease ... so I'm trying not to get too excited. Those of you that read this column on a regular basis should know I am generally a pretty loving guy. In fact, you probably know I particularly love three things: my heavenly father; my family; and ... wait for it ... (drum roll please) ... autumn. (There are probably more -- and I apologize if I left someone or something out of my list)...

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Bob Stewart is pastor of Union Baptist Church. His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.
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