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The Logic of Freedom

by Gene Stansel Today is July 4, 2018, Independence Day! I have my flag out, and I am proud thankful to God that we live in this country at this particular time in history. Jere and I are home today, not celebrating, although we normally do on the 4th. We are resting up following a two-week tour of France with our grandson Joshua. While in France we also had the privilege...

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December 2017 Mission of the Month: Palmer Home for Children

by Gene Stansel On November 6, 2017, Walter and Stevie Pillow and Gene and Jere Stansel visited Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, Mississippi. The folks at Palmer rolled out their "big welcome mat" and gave us the royal treatment as we visited the administration building, Love Cottage, and the Palmer Home School. We ate lunch with the President (Drake Bassett), the ...

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The Unspeakable Gift

by Gene Stansel On Christmas Eve, we attended a special candlelight service at a church in Philadelphia, PA, which was founded by the Reverend Jack Miller, a Presbyterian minister who taught practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and who also founded World Harvest Missions. Although Rev. Miller died several years ago, his warm evangelical spirit pervaded t...

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Star Wars and "The Hero's Journey"

Block buster films, such as the latest Star Wars saga, Star Wars; The Force Awakens, have produced a unique influence on our culture by transporting an entire generation of movie goers into unknown worlds with larger-than-life heroes and strange creatures with weird names. Star Wars; The Force Awakens, the seventh in the Star War series, smashed all box office records in i...

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More Students Off To School

They are going away to school. They are our young people, the youth of Westminster Presbyterian Church. But, they are not the same ones we have already said "good-bye" to. Those were our three graduating seniors, Mary Dudley Pillow, Madeleine Coleman, and Sara Butler Makamson, who will be entering college this fall. Now, two other young people in the church are going away...

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What Would Jesus Do?

For some time now I have been fascinated by the bracelets that kids wear bearing the simple inscription, "WWJD." I haven't seen one of these bracelets in quite a while, but the suggestion they make encourages us to consider Jesus as an example for daily living. Not a bad thought. In the 1990's the slogan, "WWJD," although not original to our generation, quickly caught on ...

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