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    One of the most popular tourist attractions in England is the giant stone pillars of Stonehenge. These massive pieces of granite are also a great source of mystery. Every year, people travel to Stonehenge with questions such as: Why were they erected? Who accomplished this extraordinary engineering marvel? And perhaps we wonder most of all how they did it. But visitors leave having received no answers from the silent stones. The mystery remains.

    Author: Bill Crowder
    Posted: March 6, 2015, 1:00 am

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    One of the most popular tourist attractions in England is the giant stone pillars of Stonehenge. These massive pieces of granite are also a great source of mystery. Every year,…

    Posted: March 6, 2015, 5:00 am


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    Mar 4, 2015 - Mar 6, 2015

    Matthew 15:10-20; James 3:1-10

    Honestly, do you talk too much? Do you find yourself saying, “I shouldn't say this…” and then going right ahead and spilling it out? Do you promise to keep information shared in confidence, only to leak it a few days (or even a few hours) later? Do you spend too much time filling the air with words yet saying very little worth hearing? Worse, do you speak against others behind their backs and then say something completely different to their faces?

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    We have to be utterly convinced of this: that being a Christian is not just a little part of my life that is isolated from the workplace and isolated from where I live and isolated from the politics of our city and our country and the economics of our country and our world, but rather the deepest need of the human heart is a spiritual one.
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    Howard discusses how to best set up a family business.
    Author: Howard Dayton
    Posted: March 6, 2015, 12:00 pm


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    Cork Hutson - Part 2: (Marijuana, New Age) A stranger witnesses to Cork at his garage sale. Cork starts his bus ride, gets off in Omaha where another stranger gives him a pamphlet on the street. Cork reads the pamphlet and is saved in his hotel room. He goes home, joins a Bible study and meets Susan, the pastor's daughter. They marry and continue in ministry.
  • The Story Teller

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  • Keys For Kids

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    Olivia sighed as she put down the last of the envelopes she was stuffing. "They're

    all done, Mom--215 invitations for the neighborhood reunion ready to go."

    "Thanks, honey," replied Mom. "You've been a big help!"

    Olivia grinned. "I think it's a great idea--throwing a party and inviting everyone

    who used to live in the neighborhood but moved away," she said. "I'm sure a lot of

    people will come. I hope lots of kids come, too. It's been a long time since I've seen

    some of the kids I used to play with."

    When the reunion day arrived, Olivia and the rest of the family joined the crowds

    at the neighborhood park where the festivities were being held. "There's Mr. and Mrs.

    Wood!" exclaimed Olivia. "And Jill's with them!" They all hurried over to greet the

    Woods, who used to live next door to them.

    Then Dad saw Mr. Burns, who used to be the school principal, Mom headed for

    Mrs. Smith, who had gone to her Bible study many years before, and Olivia spied a

    girl who'd been in her Sunday school class before moving away.

    That night, Olivia and her parents talked about seeing so many old friends. "I was

    hoping the York family would come," said Olivia. "I wanted to see the twins again."

    She frowned. "I wonder why they didn't come. Maybe they didn't get the invitation."

    "I'm sure there are good reasons why some who got invitations couldn't come," said

    Mom, patting her daughter's hand.

    "I guess so," agreed Olivia. "I can't see why they'd just ignore an invitation for such

    a fun event."

    "I suppose some might," said Dad. "But right now you need to get to bed or you'll

    be sleepy in church tomorrow." As Olivia got up to leave, Dad shook his head. "You

    know, we wonder how anyone could ignore the invitation for today's special event,

    but there's a much more important invitation that many people ignore. Jesus invites

    everyone to come to Him for forgiveness of sins and new life, and those who do will

    take part in a much bigger reunion someday--a gathering of all God's children in

    heaven. How could anyone ignore that invitation?"

    How About You?
    Have you accepted Jesus' invitation to trust in Him as your Savior? All who
    do will be with Him--and with all other Christians--in heaven someday. What a
    celebration that will be! This invitation is not one you can afford to turn down. See the
    ABCs of Salvation in the column to the right and accept it today!

    Today's Key Verse:
    The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. (John 6:37)

    Today's Key Thought:
    Jesus invites you to heaven

    Posted: March 6, 2015, 4:00 am
    "Mom, are you coming to the concert at school this afternoon?" asked Kyla as

    she finished her breakfast. "Megan and I are playing a flute duet, you know."

    "I wouldn't miss it," Mom replied. As Kyla stood up from the table, Mom gasped.

    "Where did you get that short skirt?" she demanded.

    "Didn't you see it when I came in?" asked Kyla. "All of us girls in band decided to

    wear skirts for the concert. Sylvia gave me this one because it was too small."

    "Well, it's too small for you, too!" declared Mom. "Please go up and change into

    something decent."

    "Oh, Mom!" whined Kyla. "All the girls wear skirts like this. Why can't I be like

    everybody else?" She stomped out of the room.

    When Kyla and Megan began their duet at the concert that afternoon, they realized

    at once that something was wrong. The notes they played just didn't sound right with

    the piano accompaniment. Embarrassed, the girls began to make mistakes. They were

    glad when the song was over and they could sit down.

    "That was so humiliating," groaned Kyla when she joined her mother after the

    concert. "Megan and I made sure our instruments were in tune with each other,

    but we didn't think to tune them with the piano. I don't know how we could have

    forgotten to do that. We sounded awful!"

    "I have heard you play better," agreed Mom as they went out to the car, "but if

    you've learned from this experience, it was worthwhile."

    Kyla nodded as she got into the car and waved to one of her classmates. "Did you

    notice the other girls' skirts?" she asked.

    Mom nodded. "Yes, I did," she said. "I get the idea you think it's okay to go along

    with the popular fads--that if everyone is doing it, it must be all right. Can you

    understand that you might be in tune with the standards of the world but out of tune

    with God's standards? If you're going to be out of tune with anybody, it needs to be

    with the world and not with the Lord."

    How About You?
    Do you wear whatever's in style? Or listen to the same music and watch the same
    TV shows as everyone else? That's fine if it's something God would approve of,
    but the world embraces many things that go against the standards God has set for
    Christians. Make sure the things you let into your life are in tune with God, not the world.

    Today's Key Verse:
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)

    Today's Key Thought:
    Be in tune with God

    Posted: March 5, 2015, 4:00 am
    Logan was quiet as he and his father raked the lawn one Saturday. "Dad," he

    said finally, leaning on his rake, "I . . . uh . . . well, sometimes lately I have bad

    thoughts that I know a Christian shouldn't have. Like . . . uh . . ." Logan's face turned

    red. "Like bad words," he said. "And bad pictures will come into my head--even

    when I'm praying. Why does that happen, Dad? I don't want it to."

    Dad was quiet for a moment. Then he motioned for Logan to follow him. "I want to

    show you something," Dad said gently as he led the way to a cluster of small trees. He

    moved back a branch to reveal a bird's nest. Logan stood on tiptoe and saw that there

    were three eggs in the nest. "I found this when I was pruning some branches," said Dad.

    "Cool!" exclaimed Logan. "Hey! One of those eggs is way bigger than the others."

    Dad nodded. "That's because it wasn't laid by the bird who built this nest," he

    explained. "I think it was laid by a cowbird."

    "Really? Why would she put her egg in another bird's nest?" asked Logan.

    "Cowbirds do that," replied Dad. "I guess they want the other bird to think it's her

    own and care for the chick when it hatches."

    "Does that work?" Logan asked.

    Dad nodded. "The trouble is, the cowbird baby is usually bigger and stronger than

    the other baby birds, and it often takes all their food or pushes them out of the nest."

    "What a mean trick!" exclaimed Logan. "Too bad the other bird can't tell that the

    big egg isn't her own and quick push it out before it hatches."

    "Yes," Dad agreed. Then he added, "Satan is like that cowbird, Logan. He likes to

    put things into our minds that don't really belong to us. We need to ask God to help

    us recognize those things and then reject Satan's thoughts and push them out."

    Logan nodded. "Yeah--but how do we do that?" he asked.

    "Don't dwell on those thoughts--deliberately think about other things," said Dad.

    "That's easier to do when you cut out bad influences--like bad TV shows or websites

    and friends who use foul language. It helps to read the Bible regularly, too. With

    God's help, you can replace bad thoughts with good ones!"

    How About You?
    Have you had thoughts that you know don't belong in a Christian's mind?
    Recognize that Satan is the one who tries to put those thoughts in your head.
    Resist him by telling God about it in prayer and by cutting out things that influence you
    to have such thoughts. God is willing and able to help you think about other things.

    Today's Key Verse:
    Let the . . . meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord. (Psalm 19:14)

    Today's Key Thought:
    Reject bad thoughts

    Posted: March 4, 2015, 4:00 am
    Melody watched her big sister leave the house. "Why can't I go to the library

    with Leah?" she asked. "I'll look at books while she studies."

    "Melody," Mom said patiently, "it's almost your bedtime, and Leah will be gone a

    couple of hours."

    "But it's not fair! I want to go with her!" whined Melody.

    "But you're eight years old. Leah is in high school. When you're her age, you'll be

    able to do more things," said Mom. Melody frowned, but she turned back to her dolls.

    A short time later, Mom got up from the couch. "Bedtime," she said.

    As Melody got up, she began complaining again. "Leah has a TV in her room, and

    she gets to go to the mall whenever she wants, and . . ."

    At the stairway, Mom stopped. "Melody," she said, "when you were a baby, you

    went up these stairs very carefully on your hands and knees. Later, you held onto my

    hand very tightly so I could help you. Do you remember that?"

    Melody laughed and shook her head. "No, but the little kids at church do that.

    They're so cute."

    "Now you're much bigger," Mom continued, "and you walk up the stairs.

    Physically, you could do more and more. That's the way God intends it to be. And

    that's the way He intends you to grow up in other areas, too. Gradually, you'll be able

    to do more and more things."

    "Like Leah does, you mean?" asked Melody.

    Mom nodded. "Yes--but look at all you do already! Last week, you stayed

    overnight at your friend Carmen's. You ride your bicycle in the street now. You walk

    to school with the neighborhood kids. You couldn't do those things when you were

    two, could you?" Slowly, Melody shook her head. "God made us in a way that doesn't

    require us to learn everything at once," said Mom. "We just have to take one step at a

    time. Ask God to help you be patient as you wait to be able to do all the things Leah

    can do. Then focus on enjoying the things you can do now!

    How About You?
    Do you ever wish you could be older than you are now? It's hard to be patient,
    but God has a time for everything. Instead of focusing on what you can't do yet,
    put your energy into doing what you can do now. As you get older, you'll be able to do
    more things, but you'll also have more responsibilities. So enjoy the age you are now.
    Enjoy being a kid!

    Today's Key Verse:
    He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

    Today's Key Thought:
    Be content to be a kid

    Posted: March 3, 2015, 4:00 am
    "Can you get the prize out for me?" Greta eagerly asked her father. She pointed to

    a picture on the back of her cereal box. It showed a huge pile of colorful candy

    pouring out of a package.

    "Well, let's see if we can find it," said Dad. He shook the box, tipped it this way

    and that, then reached in and pulled out the prize--a small, sample-size package of

    candy. He tossed it to Greta. "Save it till after breakfast," he said.

    When Greta tore open the package a little later, a few small pieces of candy fell

    out. She counted them--only three. She counted the pieces in the picture on the

    cereal box. There were 20. "I thought I'd get as much candy as the picture shows," she

    complained to her dad.

    "The cereal company wanted you to think you'd get a lot so you'd persuade

    someone to buy the cereal for you," explained Dad. "They deceived you."

    Greta frowned. "What does 'deceive' mean?"

    "It means to get someone to believe something that isn't true," explained Dad.

    That afternoon, Greta's friend Molly came to play. Greta had recently begun taking

    piano lessons, and she showed Molly what she had been learning. "That looks like

    fun! Let's pretend you're the teacher and I'm your student," suggested Molly.

    "Greta! Telephone!" called Dad.

    The caller was Kaylie, who lived a few doors away. "Play? At my house?" asked

    Greta after listening a moment. "Well . . . uh . . ." Greta chose her words carefully.

    "I'm in the middle of a piano lesson," she said. "Uh . . . sure. Some other time."

    Dad frowned as Greta hung up. "Did you tell Kaylie the truth?"

    Greta shrugged. "I didn't lie."

    "What did Kaylie understand about the piano lesson?" persisted Dad. "Do you

    think you deceived her?"

    Greta blushed. She knew the picture she'd given was just as deceiving as the picture

    on the cereal box. She'd gotten Kaylie to think her piano teacher was there. "I'm sorry,"

    said Greta. "I'll call her back and see if she wants to come and play 'piano lessons,' too."

    How About You?
    Have you ever been deceived--been given the wrong idea--by someone? Do you ever deceive other people? Deception is allowing someone to believe something that isn't true. There are other ways to lie besides just saying something that isn't true, and all of them are wrong. Speak honest words, but live an honest life, too.

    Today's Key Verse:
    You shall not . . . lie to one another. (Leviticus 19:11)

    Today's Key Thought:
    Don't deceive others

    Posted: March 2, 2015, 4:00 am
    Bethany hurried into the church foyer where her dad was waiting for the family

    before the Sunday morning service began. "Dad, guess what my Sunday school

    teacher told us today?" said Bethany. "She said Noah took two of most kinds of

    animals on the ark, but he took seven of some. Did you know that?"

    Dad smiled and nodded. "I know it now, but I didn't know it when I was your

    age," he replied. "I learned it the hard way when I was sixteen."

    "What happened?" Bethany asked.

    Dad smiled sheepishly. "Before I knew the Lord, a couple of friends and I decided

    to see what went on at a small church in our town. We sat in the back row. The pastor

    said Noah took seven of some kinds of animals. Well, everybody knew Noah took two

    of each kind, so I was sure he was wrong. I stood up and tried to correct him--right

    during the service!"

    Bethany's eyes widened. "Oh, no!" she gasped. "What did the pastor say?"

    "He was very gracious," replied Dad. "He smiled and thanked me for pointing out

    what a lot of people were probably thinking. He asked everyone to turn to Genesis

    7:2--and he read it out loud. Of course, I quickly saw that I was wrong. I was the one

    who was embarrassed, but I learned a valuable lesson. I hope you can learn from it,

    too, instead of embarrassing yourself like I did--or worse."

    Bethany frowned. "What could be worse?"

    Dad looked serious. "Believing a lie. Some pastors preach things that the Bible really

    doesn't say, and they don't tell the congregation to see what Scripture says about their

    topics. Cults get started that way and lead people away from the truth. That's why we

    need to check things with the Word of God--even when a pastor is preaching."

    "But our pastor would never mislead us!" protested Bethany.

    "I don't believe so," Dad agreed, "but if he did, how would we know?"

    "By checking Scripture, right?" replied Bethany. "From now on, I'll follow along

    when Pastor Hunt reads from the Bible and preaches."

    "Good," said Dad as the rest of the family joined them and they went into the

    sanctuary. "We should all do that."

    How About You?
    Do you use your Bible at church? Do you follow along when the pastor is reading or
    preaching? Most pastors know the Word of God well, but like all people, they can
    make mistakes, and some intentionally lead people astray with false teaching. Check
    out their teaching against Scripture, and ask your parents or other Christian adults
    about what they said. God has given you His Word--the Bible. Use it!

    Today's Key Verse:
    Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. (Psalm 119:35)

    Today's Key Thought:
    Find out what the Bible says

    Posted: March 1, 2015, 4:00 am
    "It's not fair," said Kate as she stormed up to her teacher's desk. "I don't have any wrong answers on these word problems, but you still gave me a B instead of an A."

    "You didn't show your work," Mrs. Anderson replied patiently. "That was part of the assignment. I said you needed to show me how you got your answers or you would not receive full credit."

    "But on my last assignment I didn't show my work, either, and you didn't lower that grade," complained Kate.

    "That's true, but I can't continue to be that lenient," replied Mrs. Anderson.

    "I warned you about that."

    "But I deserve . . ." Kate began. The school bell interrupted her.

    "You'd better hurry, or you'll be late for your next class," said Mrs. Anderson.

    That night at dinner, Kate told her parents about her talk with Mrs. Anderson.

    "I deserved to get an A just like on my other assignment."

    "I disagree," said Mom gently. "You knew the penalty for failing to show your work. What you really deserved was to lose points on both assignments. You should be grateful that Mrs. Anderson went easy on you the first time." Kate looked glum, but she had no answer to that.

    During family devotions, Dad read a few verses from Psalm 103. When he was finished, he said, "This reminds me of your problem with Mrs. Anderson, Kate."

    "What do you mean, Dad?" Kate asked.

    "The Bible clearly says that we're all sinners, and we deserve death and eternal separation from God," said Dad, "but listen to verse ten again. 'He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.' Christians will go to heaven, not because they deserve to, but because of God's mercy. Just like Mrs. Anderson didn't mark you down on your first test even though you didn't follow the instructions and show your work, God doesn't condemn those who believe in Jesus as their Savior." He closed his Bible. "Let's pray and thank God for His gift of salvation."

    "And for not giving us what we deserve," added Kate.

    How About You?
    Do you think you deserve to go to heaven? If so, you're wrong! Don't ask God for what you deserve--you really don't want it! The Bible says that you're a sinner and the "wages of sin death" (Romans 6:23). Because of His mercy and grace, if you trust in Jesus, He won't give you what you deserve. Instead, He'll give you His gift of eternal life. (See the ABCs of Salvation in the column to the right.)

    Today's Key Verse:
    He (God) has not . . . punished us according to our iniquities (sin).
    (Psalm 103:10)

    Today's Key Thought:
    God offers undeserved grace

    Posted: February 28, 2015, 4:00 am


  • Paws & Tales

    Sat 8am.

    Mar 6, 2015

    Psalm 103:11-12

    Bandits are kidnapping children from surrounding villages, throwing the entire mountainside into chaos. Chuck reluctantly helps recover the children in a daring rescue that earns him a new name, Paw Paw Chuck. But the wounds of his past life as Goliath are slow to heal and he faces a life changing decision: to move forward , or live forever in the past!

    Paws & Tales

  • Kids Corner

    Tue 4pm.

    Episode Summary:

    Liz is having a very bad, horrible week when he loses Grandpa's antique coin, fails a surprise test, and gets a cold.

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    Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:17

    For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

    Have you ever had a really bad day? A day that starts out bad and then gets worse? Time for a quiz on Bible people who had really bad days.

    Question 1: Who was whipped and beaten and then tossed into prison for healing a slave girl?
    (Acts 16

    Question 2: Who was dragged outside a city's walls, had stones thrown at him, and was then left to die?
    (Acts 14

    Question 3: Who was arrested and sent by ship to a far away city for trial. On the way, a two week storm came up and destroyed the ship.
    (Acts 27

    How did you do? The answer to all the questions was Paul! The most miserable part is that all these miserable days happened after Paul became a Christian. So was Paul a miserable person because of all the bad things that happened to him?

    Not at all. The night Paul spent in the prison (after being beaten), he was singing songs to God-and the other prisoners were listening to him. That night the jailer and his family met and believed in God because of Paul. The stoning? When the other Christians went to get Paul's body, they found he was just fine. God had protected him. The shipwreck? Paul used the storm and shipwreck to tell more people about God's power and His grace.

    What about you? When you are having a miserable day, what do you do? Do your words and actions reflect your lousy day? Or do they reflect that you believe in God, no matter what? How can you become more like Paul on bad days? Talk to God. Tell Him what a bad day you are having. Then ask Him to help. God helped Paul. God will gladly be with you on the very worst of days! Just ask!

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    Discussion Guide:

    In this episode, Liz is having a really bad week. He loses Grandpa's antique coin, he gets a cold, he fails a big test, and then Skink finds the coin and claims it is his. Liz is miserable. But when he finally confesses his loss to Grandpa, Grandpa offers a different perspective on all his troubles. Grandpa explains that God allows problems into our lives to help us grow and to prepare us for heaven. This is not always a welcome message when we are miserable. But it is a biblical truth that can help when nothing seems to go our way.

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