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There seems to be only one area of common ground in our country today: agreement that something is wrong.

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Has anyone ever had any success in handling a situation by shouting, “Everybody just calm down!” Didn’t think so. Depending on the audience (one can get away with it with younger children sometimes) there will likely be immediate silence followed by outrage. If ever there were a phrase that …

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Emmanuel, God is with us. This is a Biblical word we find usually in the Christmas Season. It occurs in Isaiah 7:14 and again in Matthew 1:23. Immanu translates ‘with us’ and El, ‘God.’ It is the same name with a slightly different emphasis. It is like whether someone spells their name Cathy…

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Born March 30, 1901, Buford Alvin Townsend was a son of Reverend Wilson E. Townsend and Margaret M. Dixon. His father died at age 30 when Buford was five months old, leaving his 25-year-old mother to raise him and his two older brothers. They resided on a farm in the East Fork community and …

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I had the pleasure of visiting Japan most recently. Very few are Christian. What became most noticeable is that despite the masses not being Christian there stewardship is stellar.

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David and Paul have captivated the hearts and minds of many Biblical readers. I affirm that for me as well but add Elijah and Elisha who from boyhood on have captivated me as well. 94 Bible verses are about the spirit of Elijah — pay attention to him.

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In my lifetime, 2020 has been the strangest of years. I never ran out of toilet paper or anything for that matter. I did buy some wax for making jam because lids for jars have been hard to get where I live. There have been strange shortages, inconsistent rules, violence which beget more viol…

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2020 was a humdinger — and a lot of folks are saying 2021 may be the same — or even worse. That’s why a quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to mind: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” These are great words to focus on as …

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As we watch Father Time walk away this year, we’ll breathe a sigh of relief to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. It’s been a rough year. History will chronicle not only a pandemic but also social and political unrest.

For the past twelve years, I have had the privilege of representing Tennessee’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. I want to thank each of you for the opportunity to serve as your Congressman. This has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and I…