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    Pecans in the cemetery

    I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I'm sure it must be difficult and painful. My wife and I are coming up on 55 years together, and we have known each other for 65 years. I cannot imagine my life without her. My heart goes out to you Janice. Gary
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    Pecans in the cemetery

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    Pecans in the cemetery

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    The most important yet emptiest thread on CARM.

    That was my first thought, to have a few of the workbooks on hand should new people come in. I'll take this as .a confirmation. I am going through Jim Putman's book "The Revolutionary Disciple" for the second time. Very informative and pretty convicting. We are going to do extensive...
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    The most important yet emptiest thread on CARM.

    Hello gain. I related to you earlier this year that our church was in the process of transitioning to a cell church structure, which we have successfully done. We no longer meet at church on Wednesday nights for a service, but are meeting in our home in small groups. We are planning on going...
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    The Perfect Husband

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    The Bathtub Test

    The Bathtub Test During a visit to the mental asylum, I asked the Director how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. * *"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a * *Teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to...
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    Toilet seat up or down

    When my wife kept telling me I needed to put the seat down, I finally responded one day by saying, "why don't you put the seat up for me?" I don't see out of my left eye very well anymore.:(
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    Two Boys in Trouble

    Two Boys In Trouble Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, are excessively mischievous. They are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it. If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved. The boys' mother heard that a preacher in town had been...
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    The most important yet emptiest thread on CARM.

    Thank you for all the information you've shared with me. It was a lot, and I know it took you some time to write it all. I will get these books and will wait on God's timing for the transition, which I'm sure will be within the next 2 or 3 months. This is something we have prayed about and...
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    The most important yet emptiest thread on CARM.

    Life takes place in the life groups, which is consistent with how the church functioned in the book of Acts. I gather that the topics discussed in the life groups are taken from the pastor's sermon, is that correct? I like that discipleship is done around what is happening in the world. Is life...
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    The most important yet emptiest thread on CARM.

    Thanks for your quick response. My time has really been taken up lately with various responsibilities, so I apologize for not getting back sooner. Do your life groups get involved in evangelism, and if so, how is that working out? The reason I asked if you had heard of the Joel Comiskey Group...
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    The most important yet emptiest thread on CARM.

    We are beginning a transition from a traditional church to a "cell church." I like what you said about the growth taking place in the "life groups." I have been studying the cell church model for some years now through the "Joel Comiskey Group," which has the same philosophy that you just...
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    The Wise Men at the manger

    Very good point puddleglum. If we as Christians believe that God's word is infallible, we need to make certain that what we share, in whatever form that may be, to be accurate. To do otherwise is to fuel the critics/atheists perspective. Gary
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    The window through which we look

    A Message For All Of Us! The Window Through Which We Look A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, The young woman saw her neighbor hanging the Wash outside. 'That laundry is not very clean,' she said. 'She doesn't know how to wash...
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    Jesus Camp

    I have not seen the movie you are talking about, but when I hear of people coaxing someone on how to speak in tongues a red flag immediately arises. On the day of Pentecost it plainly states that they began to speak in tongues, "as the Spirit gave them the utterance." From this it is clear that...
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    Evangelizing atheists

    Do you have something in mind that is better than what has been shared? Gary
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    Evangelizing atheists

    Our success in bringing people to Christ, is to realize that our responsibility is to take on the role of planting the seed of God's word so that He can use that seed to draw them to Himself. We are the planters and waterers, and God brings forth the increase. Gary
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    My Favorite Animal

    My Favorite Animal Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken." She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because everyone else in the class laughed. My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried chicken is my favorite...
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    The sinner’s prayer

    It may be that the practice of having people repeat a prayer after us, is infringing upon the work of the Holy Spirit. The message may need time to germinate in the person's heart before he fully understands that he is doomed by his sin and that the penalty of his sin is an eternity in Hell. He...