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Tony Elder

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TONY ELDER: Satan can creep into your life when you least expect it

TONY ELDER: Satan can creep into your life when you least expect it

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TONY ELDER: Jesus saves us from our sinful selves

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TONY ELDER: Salvation is God's free gift to us

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TONY ELDER: Do good works to honor God, not yourself

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TONY ELDER: Keep trusting in God, even in the midst of tragedy

Did you hear the comment made by the mayor of one of the cities hit hard by the recent typhoon in the Philippines? Concerning this devastating event, he suggested, “God must have been someplace else.”

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TONY ELDER: We have a responsibility to stand up for our faith

Last weekend, I attended a Christian Apologetics Conference. That doesn’t mean that I came back having learned a hundred different ways to say “I’m sorry” or “forgive me” with a more sincere, Christlike spirit. As many of you know, apologetics has to do with defending the faith.

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TONY ELDER: We can only receive redemption from sin through Jesus

We can testify to the same truth about Jesus. Our being delivered from spiritual and eternal death is due completely to Him and what He did for us. It’s all about Him and His sacrificial act of love on our behalf.

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TONY ELDER: Life's purpose can only be found in Jesus

There are many good things we can do with our lives, some of which will give us a sense of meaning and usefulness. But we aren’t going to discover the true and greatest purposes of our lives apart from Jesus. We aren’t going to discover what we were made to do until we get our lives in line with the One who made us.

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TONY ELDER: Use God’s keys to open the door to joy, meaning

Recently, a couple of spare keys were made for the lock on the door of our church building. But when those new keys were tested, they didn’t open the door. Blame for this failure was naturally ascribed to the keys and to the individual who had cut them out.

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TONY ELDER: Avoid behavior that might endanger our relationship with God

I’ll admit that I’m not someone who often pays close attention to what people wear or their accessories. But recently I couldn’t help but notice the distinctive purse and shoulder strap of a lady I encountered. The strap was deep red with big black letters which repeatedly spelled the word “danger.”

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TONY ELDER: Superstition and Christianity are incompatible

Did you notice the date on today’s newspaper? It’s one of those occasional calendar occurrences some people emphasize – a Friday the 13th.

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TONY ELDER: Our actions should lead others to Jesus

At its recent annual meeting, the association to which our church belongs did a rather strange thing — they elected me as their executive director. Some people have suggested that I did an even crazier thing by accepting that role in addition to my current pastoral responsibilities.

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TONY ELDER: Take a road trip with Jesus and discover limitless joy

Road trip! What kind of a picture does that phrase bring to mind? Maybe you think of a family heading out for a week of fun at the beach. Or if you’re single, you might think of a wild and crazy adventure with several of your best friends.

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TONY ELDER: Prayerfully consider denomination change

A couple of years ago my church decided to leave the denomination with which it had been affiliated since its founding. I had also been part of that organization for most of my life. Therefore, it was not an easy decision for any of us.

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TONY ELDER: When the road of life gets bumpy, hold on to the Lord

“Papaw, can we ride on a bumpy road?” Such was the strange request coming from the backseat of my car. It originated from my 3-year-old granddaughter whom we were babysitting one Saturday. She asked that question as we were going to pick up a pizza for our lunch.

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TONY ELDER: If you feel your spiritual life withering, reach out for the hand of God

The first indication of a problem was after one of our recent rainstorms. A small branch had fallen on my driveway. As I picked it up I noticed that all the pine needles on it were already brown. When I looked up at the nearby large tree I was surprised to see other limbs beginning to have a similar unhealthy appearance.

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TONY ELDER: Rejoice in knowing we are all a part of God's family

Recently, I was reading an engagement announcement in this newspaper, primarily due to some familiarity I had with the local family of the bride-to-be.

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TONY ELDER: God strengthens us to accomplish His plan

Right foot blue. Left hand green. Left foot red. No, I’m not describing the appearance of my grandchildren after they’ve been allowed to use paint or markers, although such a portrayal is not out of the realm of possibility. Those aforementioned phrases are actually a few of the instructions which could be given to players in the game of Twister.

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TONY ELDER: Our actions, words, character should exert Christian influence on others

Several times recently I've happened upon a particular type of small creature. It seemed like it had been a long time since I had seen one, so I especially took note of these various recurring encounters.

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TONY ELDER: We're free to do good works, not because we must, but because we want to

As we celebrate the concept of liberty this week in relation to our nation, let's also take a moment to rejoice in the liberty that we possess through Christ.

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TONY ELDER: Christian mannerisms should reflect honest devotion to God

Recently, I was sitting in a park observing Alice and the White Rabbit.

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TONY ELDER: Cultivate good in your heart to overcome hatred

Cultivate good in your heart to overcome hatred. Did you hear about the special deal offered last weekend by a well-known chain of nurseries? I'm referring to the type of place that raises and sells plants, not the kind that takes care of small children.

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TONY ELDER: Take time each day to savor nuggets of wisdom in Bible

Recently I thought of Jesus' words to His disciples when He told them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old" (Matthew 13:52).

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TONY ELDER: We can all improve our skills as students of God

We should allseek to improve our skills as students of God. It wasn't referred to as a graduation.

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TONY ELDER: Christ should be our most important focus

If you had driven by our church one morning recently, you might have seen the unusual sight of myself and another member of our congregation perched on the roof of our building.

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TONY ELDER: If we work together, we can aspire to greater spiritual heights

Did you hear about the fight that broke out on Mount Everest a couple of weeks ago?

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TONY ELDER: Let Jesus shoulder your spiritual burdens

Recently, one of our daughters used our home for the purpose of holding a two-day garage sale. She considered it to be a better location for such an event than her residence.

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TONY ELDER: Don't let beauty distract you from God

Don't let external beauty distract you from God.

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TONY ELDER: When we think we know better than God, moral chaos ensues

Ditching. the Lord's way leads to chaos. I've been enjoying watching Little League baseball games again this spring, as two of my grandsons participate in that pastime.

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TONY ELDER: Following Jesus may not be the popular pathway, but it's the best one

Last weekend I made it a point to steer clear of downtown Atlanta.

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TONY ELDER: Bible promises us new, transformed bodies when our earthly forms finally quit

Bible promises transformation when earthly form quits.

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