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Tony W. Elder

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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: Don't get frustrated with your progress as a Christian, appreciate how far you've come

The repairs on our church building were completed this week following the flooding incident I wrote about a few weeks ago. We're thankful for how God has provided and worked in such a way as to make our facilities look better than they did before the water damaged the place

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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: 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: Let a sinful past remind you to be thankful for the grace of God

The recognition of our past sinful lives should also give us a greater appreciation for God's mercy and grace. It reminds us of how unworthy we are to receive the wonderful gift of eternal life. It stirs up a greater love in our hearts for the God who would love us and save us in spite of who we were and what we had done.

TONY ELDER: Pay attention when God sends a wake-up call

In the account recorded in the New Testament, it's Jesus who is found napping while His disciples are terrified that they are about to drown. In the Old Testament story, it's Jonah who is snoozing away in the bottom of the ship.. Regardless of all the common factors on the

TONY ELDER: If God calls it a sin, then we'd best believe it

One of our daughters teaches second-graders at a Christian school. During a recent class session, they were discussing a combination of nutrition and creation. They talked about how God made good foods for us to eat.. The class delved into such subjects as the benefits of natural sugars versus

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TONY ELDER: God's plan includes following His will for our own good

I watched a movie recently in which God and angels played a significant role. While the film was interesting, it's theology was way out of kilter.

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TONY ELDER: Our faith is meant to be a fully functioning part of our daily lives

Not long ago I was watching and listening to my young grandsons playing, pretending as if they were shooting cannons. I was somewhat surprised that they were imagining using that kind of weaponry as opposed to more modern or even futuristic instruments of battle that many kids have become familiar with through TV and movies.

TONY ELDER: Unclutter your life

There is a certain store I've seen advertised, but have not yet visited.

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TONY ELDER: Enjoy spending time seeking God and hearing from Him

During our recent vacation at the beach, I noticed the differences in the way various species of birds went about the task of finding food.

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TONY ELDER: God wants us to draw our wisdom, strength and life from him

Last week we were able to enjoy a little vacation time at the beach with our grandchildren. On one occasion as we ventured out into the ocean the waves were a little rough for my five-year-old grandson. At first, he held tightly to either his daddy or me as the swells of water passed by. Nevertheless, as time went on, he got a little braver. he would let go for a moment, wanting to stand on his own. But as soon as he saw a big wave heading toward him, he would look to grab one of us to help support him or to lift him up high enough so that it wouldn't splash over his head.

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TONY ELDER: Always remember that our lives are in God's hands

If you have read my writings or heard my sermons over any length of time, you are familiar with our basset hound, Dorothy.