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Apr 08 2013

Excruciating, word origin

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The word excruciating has an interesting origin and background.  In English, excruciating is an adjective that means, “causing intense physical agony or anguish”.  What does not seem to be commonly known about the word are the details of its Latin origin and how it came into existence. Origin: 1560–70; < Latin excruciātus, past participle of …

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Mar 18 2013

Invictus, captain of my soul?

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I first came across the poem Invictus by William Ernest Hensley several years ago on an Internet forum I used to hang out on.  An avowed atheist who posted there would occasionally sign his posts off with it.  If I had encountered the poem  when I was an atheist, I would have loved it.  As …

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Sep 11 2012

Matthew 27:52, where did the risen saints go?

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In Matthew 27:52-53, where did the risen saints go after they appeared to many? I read several commentaries researching this question, and even in popular and well-respected commentaries, there are large differences of opinion. Who the saints were, whether the exposed bodies came to life or remained lifeless, to whom they appeared, how they appeared, …

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May 22 2012

If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off

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A number of years ago, I was reading an article about a Christian who was having trouble overcoming a sexual sin.  He was found profusely bleeding as he tried to hack off his sexual organ. Fortunately, he was found in time to be saved from bleeding to death. He apparently took  Matthew 5:29-30 literally which …

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Mar 21 2010

Sunday Morning Sermon – Fear No Evil

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“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” This unspeakably delightful verse has been sung on many a dying bed, and has helped to make the dark valley bright times out of mind. …

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