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TONY ELDER: The more time you spend with Jesus, the better life gets

One day last week I received a gift one of my daughters had promised me for my birthday a couple of months ago.

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TONY ELDER: Take time to say thanks to God, willingly and sincerely

One of the most common prayers of thankfulness some of us offer up is that of "saying grace", or the blessing, or the giving of thanks before we eat our meals. It has been a joy at times to hear my grandchildren recite such a prayer as the family has prepared to eat together.

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TONY ELDER: Acts of goodness should be inspired by our personal relationship with Christ

One day last week as I left a local business, I noticed an elderly gentleman standing in the parking lot next to his car. As I got closer, someone in another vehicle said something to the first man, indicating that they knew each other and were meeting at this location for some purpose.

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TONY ELDER: Baptizing a grandchild provides unrivaled joy

This Sunday will be a special day of celebration.

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TONY ELDER: Avoid depicting God as either wrathful or tame, to suit your needs

This October I'm doing something I haven't done in years. I've purchased and am putting up a Halloween decoration.

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TONY ELDER: Growing old can be comforting because we are closer to an eternity with God

As I was recently returning from a meeting in middle Tennessee, I came upon a familiar stretch of interstate. It's a beautiful few miles of road that includes traveling over part of Nickajack Lake, maneuvering between high walls of rock, and going under a large railroad trestle.

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TONY ELDER: Though we may doubt the politicians, we know we can trust Jesus

I saw a political ad on TV recently that suggested that we can't trust one of the candidates for president.

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TONY ELDER: Take time to ponder the miracles of Christ

During our recent trip to the beach, I saw many of the usual sights as I looked out over the ocean.

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TONY ELDER: Rely on the Lord for peace, whether at work or play

Although I've enjoyed a few mini-breaks from my regular work routine here and there, I recently took my first official week of vacation for this year.

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TONY ELDER: God is interested in shaping us all as unique individuals to serve Him

Recently, someone introduced me to a new world -- the world of electric trains.

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TONY ELDER: Our hope for a good future is based on the promises of God

Following a recent Sunday worship service, our family headed to a local Chinese restaurant to enjoy the lunch buffet. After filling ourselves with the tasty cuisine, our server left us the check along with the traditional treat of a fortune cookie for each patron.

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TONY ELDER: Dare to let Jesus do great things in your life

It was Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw who is credited with originally saying these inspirational words: "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?'".

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TONY ELDER: Remind yourself, others about the Good News of Jesus

Hola, y'all. No, I'm not writing this from some exotic location where they speak Spanish. It might be nice to be vacationing in Madrid or Rio, but about the closest I usually get to such a place is eating lunch at Frontera.

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TONY ELDER: Embark on a campaign to vote 'yes' for Jesus

Last weekend, one of the top news stories was the revealing of the Republican presidential candidate's choice for his running mate.

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TONY ELDER: Inspire others to be Christian through your own compassion, love

Last week I was driving through a neighborhood when I noticed a couple of kids playing outdoors.

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TONY ELDER: Let the Lord clothe you in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience

It seems that every set of Olympic Games has its controversies or scandals.

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TONY ELDER: God will see you through the storms in life

I've found myself uncomfortably close to some of the powerful storms that have recently come through our area.

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TONY ELDER: Put your requests on hold: take a few moments to thank God

Recently, a road maintenance crew came through the stretch of state highway in front of our church. I have to say they did one of the most thorough jobs of clearing off the right of way that I've witnessed in the 19 years we've been in that location.

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TONY ELDER: God allows us to endure life's painful experiences

Ow! Sorry, but I just sat back in my desk chair again and felt another prick of pain.

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TONY ELDER: No one is exempt from God's laws of right and wrong

In recent weeks there have been a couple of interesting road projects in the Atlanta area which have been prominent in the local news.

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