Author Archives: russellmckinney

Limburger Cheese, Traffic, & Roses

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4, N.K.J.V.) R.T. Kendall tells the story of some youngsters who played a prank on a man who had … Continue reading

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The Importance of Context

“For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20, N.K.J.V.). Countless pastors, leading sparsely attended church services, have justified continuing on with those meetings by quoting this verse. As … Continue reading

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For the Furtherance of the Gospel

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel. (Philippians 1:12, N.K.J.V.) The traditional view is that Paul wrote the books of Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, … Continue reading

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7 Don’ts For Social Media

Facebook. YouTube. Instagram. Twitter. TikTok. Snapchat. Pinterest. Twenty years ago, who could have dreamed that these names would become as much a part of the younger generation’s world as Woolworth’s, Sears, Texaco, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Pan Am, Kodak, and Polaroid were … Continue reading

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Sin in the Multitude of Words

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19, N.K.J.V.) I read about a cheapskate woman who walked into the office of her local newspaper to make sure that her … Continue reading

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Beware of the Dead Snake

Forty-year-old Jeremy Sutcliffe of Corpus Christi, Texas, made national news a couple of years ago when he almost died from a rattlesnake bite. Even more than being featured on the news, the story also received mention on the channels Animal … Continue reading

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The Cursed Crown

Crowns have historically been the ultimate sign of power and authority. Only kings and queens get to legitimately wear legitimate crowns. The most valuable crown in the world these days is St. Edward’s Crown, which is the centerpiece of the … Continue reading

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Truly Experiencing Easter

Pastor Richard Kapfer once suggested that churches should conduct a completely different type of Easter Sunday service than the one we usually do. For starters, he said that we should make our sanctuaries as bland and as barren of color … Continue reading

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So-So

In Jones county, Mississippi, there is a little town called Soso. There are different stories regarding how the town got its name. One says that an early settler of the area used to always reply, “So-so” whenever someone asked him … Continue reading

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No Faith for the Present

Every true Christian has faith in Jesus in regards to what happened in the past. That list includes: His virgin birth, sinless life, teachings, miracles, substitutionary death, resurrection, and ascension. By faith, we accept these scriptural facts about who Jesus … Continue reading

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