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Saturday 12/21/2013
Chad Eric Donley: The facts behind a few more Christmas myths

This morning I am continuing my mini-series separating Christmas fact from Christmas myth. Today, I want us to look at the Scriptures retelling of the Christmas story to get a few facts straight that some traditional telling of the Christmas story misrepresented.

Posted: December 21, 2013
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Frank Nolton: Cross and resurrection in Christmas

The Christmas story is so simple, and yet it is so profound. The Son of God, one of the three persons in the triune Godhead, came to earth for the ultimate destiny of the cross on which He died for the sins of mankind.

Posted: December 21, 2013
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Saturday 12/14/2013
Xmas: Debunking a Christmas myth

Most everyone enjoys facts and trivia, and this is especially true when it comes to beloved traditions such as Christmas.

Posted: December 14, 2013
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Saturday 08/31/2013
Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire: A special message for Labor Day

Every human being enjoys a basic right to be respected, not because of any title, position, prestige, or accomplishment but first of all because we are created in the image and likeness of God.

Posted: August 31, 2013
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Saturday 05/25/2013
A memorial to remember

Many view Memorial Day as simply an opportunity to have a three-day weekend and go to Lodi Lake. The very purpose has either been forgotten by some or never known by others.

Posted: May 25, 2013
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Saturday 05/04/2013
Thanks for making ‘The Story’ a success

Thank you, Lodi. What wonderful support so many thousands within our greater community have given regarding “The Story” ministry and articles that were published right here in the Religion section. The members and friends of Emanuel Lutheran, First Baptist, Ham Lane Church of Christ, Temple Baptist and Vinewood Community Church thank you and the Lodi News-Sentinel for being part of “The Story.”

Posted: May 04, 2013
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Saturday 04/27/2013
The End of Time

Have you ever noticed that the words "new and improved" often turn out to be neither? Most of us have been consumers long enough to lower our expectations when we read an advertisement suggesting that some product has been improved upon. In our most cynical moments, we might even roll our eyes in disgust as we realize the only thing "new and improved" about this product is the price.

Posted: April 27, 2013
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Saturday 04/20/2013
Serve the Lord in any way you can

Do you enjoy traveling? I love the adventure that comes with leaving Lodi or even the United States of America. I grew up in Michigan. Besides going across the river to visit family in Canada and an annual trip to Florida to see grandparents, my travels were fairly limited. But then, as an adult who believes in Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, I realized His created world held many adventures.

Posted: April 20, 2013
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Saturday 04/13/2013
A most unlikely missionary

Drive a-round Lodi, and you can't help but notice the number of Christian churches. There are at least 60. Some have begun within the last several years. I happen to pastor one that is nearing its 100th anniversary. While they are different, every one of them is rooted in the same story revealed in the Bible — the story of God's mission of love to redeem and restore a lost and broken world.

Posted: April 13, 2013
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Saturday 04/06/2013
No Plan B — The church as God's hands and feet in the world today

There are a lot of things that start small, but under the right conditions spread out and grow. A small stone thrown into a still pond creates wave after wave. A tiny seed planted into good soil and given the right light and water will take root and become a giant tree. A tiny spark, when it catches the right fuel, becomes a raging fire.

Posted: April 06, 2013
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Saturday 03/30/2013
Easter answers life’s two biggest questions

This Sunday, all five churches here in Lodi who have been going through "The Story" will be on Chapter 27, "The Resurrection."

Posted: March 30, 2013
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Saturday 03/23/2013
The Hour of Darkness

According to a report by the Texas Heart Institute, about 230,000 heart bypass surgeries are successfully completed in the U.S. each year.

Posted: March 23, 2013
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Saturday 03/16/2013
Ask yourself: Who is Jesus?

The following may be the most important question you will ever answer in your life: Do you feel Irish today?

Posted: March 16, 2013
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Saturday 03/09/2013
No ordinary man

Jesus has irrevocably changed my life. Jesus has also irrevocably changed your life, though you may not know it.

Posted: March 09, 2013
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Saturday 03/02/2013
Who is that man?

Jesus Christ stands as one of the most fascinating and influential people in history. A Time magazine article looking to the turn of the 21st century stated: "The memory of any stretch of years eventually resolves to a list of names, and one of he useful ways of recalling the past two millenniums is by listing the people who have acquired great power.

Posted: March 02, 2013
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Saturday 02/23/2013
The birth of the king

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel whose origins are from of old, ancient times." (Micah 5:2)

Posted: February 23, 2013
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Saturday 02/16/2013
Rebuilding the walls

Anyone who has ever been put in charge knows the following truth: Getting people excited about starting a project is twice as easy as keeping them motivated to continue.

Posted: February 16, 2013
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Saturday 02/09/2013
Is God even mentioned?

As thousands in the Lodi community walk through the journey called "The Story," we can rejoice in its effect. At Emanuel Lutheran, the number of people involved in Bible studies has quadrupled. This story is repeated in similar fashion at First Baptist, Ham Lane Church of Christ, Temple Baptist and Vinewood Community Church ... God and His people are on the move.

Posted: February 09, 2013
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Saturday 02/02/2013
People of Judah

Have you ever gotten a fresh start after a big failure or time of trouble?

Posted: February 02, 2013
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Saturday 01/26/2013
Life under pressure

The two-gallon tin can lay in a crumpled heap on the counter at the front of the classroom. Mr. Johnson had just demonstrated the amazing reality of atmospheric pressure.

Posted: January 26, 2013
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