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Author: Gary V Carter

The Answer Is Yes

We are all by nature “No” people. And that is understandable. USA Today, 2006: “The average 1970s city dweller was exposed to 500 to 2,000 ad messages a day. Now, it’s 3,000 to 5,000.” (J.Walker Smith) And that was before Facebook ads! Imagine how many ads we see today. Now imagine if we said “YES” to them all. We have to say “No” much more often than we say “Yes.” Add to that the fact that much of that advertising appeals to our lower nature — greed, lust etc. We had better learn to say, “No.” That is not...

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I Love New York!

Well the smaller towns of New York State at least. While traveling through the State I enjoy the majestic trees and stately old houses. Often there are American flags hung out that remind me I am not in Canada. I respect the patriotism. Small Town Church I know that while the north east side of the United States is not known as a Bible belt there are proportionately at least 50% more evangelicals than in Canada as a whole with an even greater disparity to the cities of Ontario where I have lived most of my life. Therefore, there...

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“For years it has made me queasy to hear someone say, “I guess it just wasn’t God’s will.” Usually, it is said about an enterprise attempted with faith and obedience to Jesus that didn’t appear to work. When something fails, attributing the failure to God is not the only option. We ought to place the responsibility where it belongs. As I see it there are five possible stop signs. The God Stop It is certain that God does stop some things because they are not his will or at least his timing. But that is no time to lay...

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Where Are the Preachers?

I got something off my bucket list. One of my “Timothy’s” finally got to the place where his call to ministry was officially recognized in his church having been previously examined by a council of his peers. I had been prodding for this event for years because there was never a doubt in my mind that God has his hand on this man in a special way. However, that is not what I want to write about today. The preacher yesterday was a very long time friend and associate who said something in his message that got my attention....

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It Happened Again

Last week Wendy and I visited another church. It was the same thing we have experienced dozens of times before. We arrived about 10 minutes before the stated service time. The parking lot was mostly empty. If we hadn’t had known better we probably would have driven away thinking we had the wrong time. We entered the back non-descript door. It looked like we were entering the backstage door and not the entrance for the parishioners. But again we knew better; this wasn’t new. Really, think about that. Big solid steel door. No sign to tell us we were...

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