Author Archives: russellmckinney

The Forgotten Word

Consider the following handful of verses (all from the New King James Version, with emphasis added on my part): “I listened and heard, but they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turned to … Continue reading

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The Native American Chief & Jesus

A Christian missionary preached to a tribe of Native Americans, telling them that Jesus Christ, who was God in human flesh, had voluntarily died for their sins. The tribe’s elderly Chief was very moved by Christ’s sacrifice and decided to … Continue reading

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Power Shortage

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3, N.K.J.V.) The organist was trying to play the call-to-worship song to begin the church service, but no sound … Continue reading

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Feeling Kind of Small?

You’ve probably heard of Solomon’s temple, that beautiful, majestic house of worship that served as the centerpiece of worship in Israel. That temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonians in 587 B.C. To make that destruction even worse, Nebuchadnezzar deported the … Continue reading

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Bear Hunting

A big man and a little man were talking as they sat on a porch. The little man leaned over, felt the big man’s biceps, and said, “If I was as big as you and had muscles like that, I’d … Continue reading

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God’s Delays Are Not His Denials

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5, N.K.J.V.) A little boy asked his father to buy him a gold watch. When the father didn’t seem to acknowledge the request, the … Continue reading

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Is God Judging America?

The question is often asked, “Is God judging America?” My answer is an emphatic, “YES.” You say, “I haven’t seen any fire and brimstone raining from the sky.” Well, neither have I, but fire and brimstone are not how God … Continue reading

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Putting Out a Fire

Proverbs 26:20 has rung true since the days of Solomon, the man who wrote it under the inspiration of God. As a matter of fact, it has rung true since the days of Adam and Eve. It says: Where there … Continue reading

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The Unpardonable Sin

Will God forgive any sin or is there one sin that He considers unpardonable? That’s a good question. In Matthew 12:22-32, the Bible gives us the record of an incident in which a group of Jewish Pharisees attributed Christ’s miracle-working power to the … Continue reading

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Could You Pass Review?

One night a British soldier was caught creeping back into his quarters from some nearby woods. Under suspicion of being a spy, he was immediately brought before his commanding officer and ordered to explain his actions. The soldier answered that … Continue reading

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