Author Archives: russellmckinney

You Do Not Have Because You Do Not Ask

…you do not have because you do not ask… (James 4:2, N.K.J.V.) One of my favorite memories from raising two boys took place in a fast-food restaurant following a baseball game. My oldest son, Ryan, was a freshman in high … Continue reading

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Why Linus Dropped His Blanket

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is … Continue reading

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The Sound of the Scrape

The renowned pastor Harry Ironside once told the story of a Christian widow who lived in Scotland. Her husband’s untimely death had left her with several small children to raise, and money was forevermore tight. Through it all, though, she … Continue reading

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The Best Present

Since Christmas happens in December, I try to weave in some Christmas posts here and there throughout the month. Today I thought I’d share a story that I picked up somewhere along the way a few years ago. It was … Continue reading

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Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday?

According to the Bible, the Sabbath day is the day we call Saturday. Ask any Jewish person about that if you don’t believe me. Technically, the Jews observe the Sabbath from sundown Friday evening to sundown Saturday evening. That goes … Continue reading

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Do You Really Trust God?

My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge. … Continue reading

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Thankful for the Flu

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, N.K.J.V.) Rhonda Reece and her husband Glenn were having a miserable Thanksgiving Day. When circumstances had … Continue reading

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Dragons in the Bible

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet (Psalm 91:13, K.J.V.) I’ve been doing some preaching recently on Genesis chapter 1. That led me to study up on what … Continue reading

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Stopping Short (post #3 of 3)

So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran. (Genesis 11:32, N.K.J.V.) The Bible doesn’t tell us how long Abram, Sarai, Terah, and Lot lived in the city of Haran. It does, however, … Continue reading

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Stopping Short (post #2 of 3)

And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; … Continue reading

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