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Tony Elder

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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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TONY ELDER: Evidence of the Resurrection lives as love in our hearts

"It just can't be.". "What can't be?". "Well, you can't be. You're gone."

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TONY ELDER: Jesus suffered, died on the cross out of love for us

Some stories always touch our hearts no matter how often we hear them. For example, can anybody watch the movie "Old Yeller" without being moved by it?

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TONY ELDER: It's wise, not weak, to seek help from God

Recently, I was out and about with two of my grandsons when we stopped for lunch at a fast food restaurant.

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TONY ELDER: Be grateful to God for the path He's chosen for you

Talk about a rude awakening. I guess you heard about the poor guy in Florida who was asleep in bed when a sinkhole opened up, swallowing him, his bed and practically the whole room.

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TONY ELDER: Be like Jesus in your Christianity -- fierce as a lion, gentle as a lamb

Be like a lion and a lamb. Can you believe that the month of March is here already?

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TONY ELDER: Keep a steady pace with Jesus in the race of life

It's a big weekend for NASCAR fans as the Daytona 500 will be run. Danica Patrick made history by driving the fastest qualifying lap, making her the first woman to have the pole position for the race.

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TONY ELDER: If God seems outdated, it's our fault, not His

One of the top stories in the religious world this week has been the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month.

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TONY ELDER: The only way to heaven is through faith in Jesus

In the north Georgia town in which I was born, one of the main thoroughfares was known as Atlanta Highway.

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TONY ELDER: Listen to God's word, allow Him to change you

Listen to God's word and allow Him to change you. I understand that a new television show premiered recently.

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TONY ELDER: If we stumble, it's because we didn't rely on God to uphold us

You never know what you might hear when you receive public prayer requests during a church service.

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TONY ELDER: We can depend on God to love us, fulfill His promises

Recently some of the female members of our family took a little trip up to Cleveland, Ga. to Babyland General Hospital.

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TONY ELDER: God is working for our best interest, no matter the challenges that face us

I know someone who recently revealed the good news that she is expecting her first child.

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TONY ELDER: God loves us more than we can imagine

God loves us more than we know. Have you started taking down your Christmas tree yet?

TONY ELDER: The greatest gift we can give to one another at Christmas is love

A good friend of mine at a local nursing home passed from this life to be with the Lord last week.

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TONY ELDER: Don't fall short of being in God's end zone

"So close! So close!" That was the anguished cry of many of us in this area last weekend as one of our college football teams fell just short of achieving a significant victory.

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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: Baptizing a grandchild provides unrivaled joy

This Sunday will be a special day of celebration.

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TONY ELDER: Follow God's standards, even if they make you feel uncomfortable

I met someone recently who was telling me about the church he attends.

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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: 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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TONY ELDER: God encourages us to listen to our conscience when choosing right from wrong

Do any of you remember Larry Mondello, a friend of Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver on the old TV show, "Leave It to Beaver"?

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TONY ELDER: Get right with God now, before it's too late

"It is appointed for men to die once, but after this, the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Did you ever watch that long-running game show, "The Price Is Right"?

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TONY ELDER: Try prayer before getting caught in emotion-driven rashness

As I pulled my car into a parking spot at an assisted living home, I noticed a cat sitting on the rail of the porch.

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TONY ELDER: Life may not be fair on earth, but it will be on our day of reckoning

A current TV commercial depicts a variety of situations in which people are treated unjustly.