Trust God to help you thrive

Dose of Truth Trust God to help you thrive Tim Richards In recent weeks I have been teaching a class based on Hal Seed and Dan Grider’s fascinating book, “The God Questions.” The authors offer thought provoking answers to tough spiritual questions. Perhaps the thorniest question of all is, how can a good God allow

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God cares about you

Dose of Truth God cares about you Tim Richards For as long as I can remember I have been a fan of an influential man whom I knew I would never meet since he died 95 years before I was born. Abraham Lincoln has always fascinated me. I often reflect on his incredible intelligence, powerful

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Glorifying God through our kindness

Dose of Truth Glorifying God through our kindness Tim Richards You probably have not heard this recent story, but it will likely make you smile. A couple of weeks ago Pam and Jeremy began joking they should go to Las Vegas and get married. Each assumed the other was not serious, but they soon began

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The positive impact of Christianity

Dose of Truth The positive impact of Christianity Tim Richards Perhaps you have heard of Lee Strobel, the Chicago Sun Times journalist who set out to prove Christianity was not true. Ironically, in the process the atheist became a believer, and eventually a pastor. Their backgrounds are not identical, but John S. Dickerson shares several

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The importance of your name

Dose of Truth The importance of your name Tim Richards Although the name “Tim” is common in the English language, it catches my attention the moment I hear anyone say it, even if they are not talking to me. You probably do the same when you hear your own name. In the June 12, 2018,

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A holiday worth celebrating

Dose of Truth A holiday worth celebrating Tim Richards Jesus’ trial before the Roman governor, Pilate, in John 18 is fascinating. Pilate’s primary concern was the political threat Jesus might pose to Rome’s power and at the end of Jesus’ interrogation Pilate announced, “I find him not guilty.” (John 19:6) Wanting to free Jesus, Pilate

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God’s love

Dose of Truth God’s love Tim Richards Earlier this year in my men’s group at church, we read James Bryan Smith’s excellent book, “The Good and Beautiful God.” It was a very fascinating study and it expanded my understanding of God. Although it occasionally made me uncomfortable, it also reassured me God is both good

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Jesus’ countercultural perspective

Dose of Truth Jesus’ countercultural perspective Tim Richards The world’s most famous sermon was preached by Jesus; it is commonly called, The Sermon on the Mount. The best-known part of the message is the beatitudes –  Jesus’ statements about what makes a person blessed, or happy. Recently, I came across a serious thought-provoking blog on

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God is at work

Dose of Truth God is at work Tim Richards Each Christmas our church has a massive drive to fill shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse to distribute to children around the world. In these shoeboxes we place small toys, school supplies, personal hygiene items and other similar things. My wife, Kelly, recently read about an 8-year-old girl

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Responding to Ukraine

Dose of Truth Responding to Ukraine Tim Richards All of us have been touched by the tragic stories coming out of Ukraine. It is heartbreaking to watch the daily horror stories we now see. News of the maternity hospital bombing in Mariupol last week is especially appalling.  As of March 13, an estimated 85 children

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Blessed to be a blessing

Dose of Truth Blessed to be a blessing Tim Richards Dr. Jim Denison, in his Oct. 15, 2020, Daily Article, shared something a colleague told him several years ago. His friend had a unique perspective on the United States because he was not from our country. He was a pastor from Cuba. During dinner one

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A life well lived

Dose of Truth A life well lived Tim Richards If you follow men’s college basketball you know we are a mere two weeks from the start of March Madness, when the best college teams play to win the top NCAA honor. Since 1939 when this famous tournament began, North Carolina has won the top title

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