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Tony Elder

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TONY ELDER: If God seems outdated, it's our fault, not His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

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TONY ELDER: Christian music can be a wonderful, effective means by which God speaks to us

On a couple of occasions recently, I found myself at places where '70s music was being played.

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TONY ELDER: Jesus intends for us to be trees bearing good fruit to the glory of God

Last weekend we celebrated my wife's birthday. More emphasis than usual was placed on this event due to it being one of those milestones in which she turned an age which ends in zero.

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TONY ELDER: The Bible promotes health, growth in the lives of those who follow it

It seems that we're constantly receiving warnings about foods and other items that could pose a threat to our health.. One of the more recent scares has to do with orange juice. We're being told that some of that product being brought in from other countries contains a degree of

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TONY ELDER: God's timing is always in our best interest

Sometimes timing can make all the difference. And often that factor is the very thing that is beyond our control. I was reminded of that truth when I heard about the fiery multi-vehicle accident that took place last Sunday on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Fla. Early reports were that at least 10 people lost their lives.

TONY ELDER: God uses difficulties to bring good things into your life

"It could be worse," so I was told recently by the young man from the clean-up service that was sent out to our church by the insurance company. His comment came over the noise of commercial fans and dehumidifiers which were working tirelessly to try to erase the effects of an incident with the plumbing that had left our building virtually flooded.

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TONY ELDER: Let the Holy Spirit flow into your life and take you where you need to go

Did you hear the strange bit of news coming from the big boat show in Atlanta last weekend? It seems that the event had to delay its opening by a few hours. Why? It was because of water.

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TONY ELDER: God should be our candidate of choice as the ruler of our lives

One of the questions we will be answering before the end of this election year is who will be leading our country as its president for the next four years. It's been interesting to see the various candidates rise and fall in the polls, often in conjunction with either accusations about their personal lives or their performances in debates.

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TONY ELDER: Appreciate objects helpful to our faith, but don't worship them as we do God

A couple of months ago I pursued my penchant for old books by picking up a few interesting looking volumes at the annual big sale at the local library.

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TONY ELDER: Yield to the work of God's spirit to transform yourself in the coming year

I saw that one of the morning TV news programs was running a special feature this week entitled "A New Year, A New You." From the glimpse I got of it, this series of reports seemed to be focusing on some of those areas of change that we often resolve to make in ourselves as we replace our old calendars with new ones.

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TONY ELDER: Yield to the work of God's spirit to transform yourself in the coming year

I saw that one of the morning TV news programs was running a special feature this week entitled "A New Year, A New You." From the glimpse I got of it, this series of reports seemed to be focusing on some of those areas of change that we often resolve to make in ourselves as we replace our old calendars with new ones.

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TONY ELDER: What would Jesus want for Christmas?

One of the local nursing homes has a Christmas tree in its lobby. I understand that there were some tags hanging on that tree, each one listing the name of a resident along with one gift that person would like to receive. Family, friends, or other visitors could pick one of those names and bring that gift for the appropriate person.

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TONY ELDER: Don't let the bright lights of Christmas outshine the light of Christ

One of my daughters and her family has adorned the outside of their house and front yard with a varied assortment of brightly lit Christmas decorations. It's not one of these homes that exhibits so many lights that it almost forces you to wear sunglasses as you drive by.But they do have enough of an array of holiday illumination to garner the attention of passersby, hopefully bringing joy and excitement to some children's hearts as they point and say, "Ooh, look at those Christmas lights!"