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Tony Elder

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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!"

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TONY ELDER: It's time to prioritize getting your heart right with God

Have you been able to get out and enjoy any of the various Christmas activities in your community this year?. Last week my wife and I ventured out with our daughter and grandkids to the Olde Town Christmas Party in Conyers. It turned out to be one of those quaint

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TONY ELDER: It's time to prioritize getting your heart right with God

Have you been able to get out and enjoy any of the various Christmas activities in your community this year?

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TONY ELDER: God won't force us to bend to His will, but there's no doubt His way is best

We have a set of toy building blocks at our house that the grandkids often enjoy when they come over.. On such an occasion a few weeks ago one of our grandsons asked me to build a robot out of those interlocking pieces. I gladly complied, having constructed a variety

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TONY ELDER: God won't force us to bend to His will, but there's no doubt His way is best

We have a set of toy building blocks at our house that the grandkids often enjoy when they come over.

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TONY ELDER: Don't doze through an opportunity to share God's Word with others

I don't know about you, but I'm still having problems adjusting to the recent time change. It's affecting me at both ends of the day. I'm waking up an hour sooner than necessary each morning. And due to the earlier onset of darkness, I find myself getting sleepy before my

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TONY ELDER: Uphold the traditional values that keep families strong

Every so often my mom's birthday will fall on Thanksgiving, as is the case this year. When that happens, it always serves as a good reminder that one of the biggest blessings for which I have to be grateful is our family. It's not just my mother, but my dad, my sister and her husband, my wife, our children and grandchildren, and yes, even my in-laws.

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TONY ELDER: Don't doze through an opportunity to share God's Word with others

I don't know about you, but I'm still having problems adjusting to the recent time change. It's affecting me at both ends of the day. I'm waking up an hour sooner than necessary each morning. And due to the earlier onset of darkness, I find myself getting sleepy before my usual bedtime at night.

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TONY ELDER: Strive to be an ambassador for Christ: enlighten others about God

Recently, I saw the premiere of a new TV show with an interesting premise. It is set in a modern town where all the residents are actually characters from a storybook. They were put under a curse by an evil queen and were relegated to an existence in which there

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TONY ELDER: Are we reflecting God's glory to the rest of creation?

For my birthday my wife gave me a choice of presents. She said that I could either choose the practical gift of a new suit or something more pleasurable. Although I tend to be a practical person, on this occasion I selected the pleasurable option. Therefore, one day last week

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TONY ELDER: We should look forward to Jesus' return

Were you keeping an eye on the sky recently as a satellite fell out of its orbit and re-entered the earth's atmosphere?. It would have been hard not to have known about it with all the news coverage given to this event in the days preceding its occurrence. The

TONY ELDER: Reach a high standard of holiness with help from God

At our recent church picnic a game of horseshoes was being set up. You can tell that some of us are getting older when we prefer the competition of tossing horseshoes at a stake over running around playing a game of baseball or kickball, as was common in past years

TONY ELDER: Praying for others does make a difference

Recently, a longtime member of our church was facing the prospect of being without a job. She works for a company similar to a temp agency, although some of her positions have turned out to be far from temporary.

TONY ELDER: God instructs us to believe, trust, love

My daughter's former bedroom in our house is slowly being transformed into a study for my wife. It provides a quiet space for Cheryl to work as she pursues her further education by taking some on-line classes.. Part of that room makeover recently involved the purchase of a desk

TONY ELDER: The Bible reminds us that our Heavenly Father can carry us

I babysat our three grandkids one recent evening while my daughter and son-in-law attended a school curriculum meeting for parents.. As usual, I enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with those children, but by the time their van pulled back into our driveway, I let out that

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TONY ELDER: You are never alone; God is always with you

I wasn't looking forward to my wife going out of town last week. Over the past few months, our house had become increasingly empty.

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TONY ELDER: Immoral behavior in our lives does carry consequences

This week my wife has been out of town for an annual national convention in connection with her work. This year's gathering has taken Cheryl to a city that neither she nor I have visited before -- Las Vegas.

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