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George Bowers Sr.: The door opener

I recently arrived at a local hospital to make a pastoral visit. Unlike most patients, however, in this case a nurse had to escort me to the individual's room. In order to get into that particular section of the hospital, she used her identification badge that had a magnetic strip on the back. As she held the strip up to the sensor, the door magically swung open in front of us. While I had an identification badge of my own, mine lacked the proper coding to unlock the door and allow entry. In hospitals, this ensures privacy and protects patients from unnecessary exposure to infection. comments
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George Bowers Sr.: Don't live life running from the past

I guess I'm one of those crazy people who actually likes snakes. To my wife's great consternation, I have three as pets (all in aquariums). The snake is a truly unique creature and capable of some incredible feats impossible for other members of the animal kingdom. Their downside is that you usually see them when you least expect them and they scare the bejebes out of you. comments
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George Bowers Sr.: Two different D-Days

We recently observed the 70th anniversary of the Allied attack on the beaches of Normandy commonly referred to as D-Day. It was a day of great heroism and bravery, of great suffering and loss. We are blessed at Antioch to have a D-Day veteran, Fred Hepner Sr., in our congregation. I had the privilege of visiting with him on Memorial Day and to hear accounts of some of his experiences and how God shielded and protected him through the battle in a providential way. comments
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George Bowers Sr.: Editing our words

Every other week, the sermon from Antioch is rebroadcast on a local radio station. Because the typical sermon is longer than the allotted air time, our administrative assistant must use some sound editing software to pare it down to an acceptable length. comments
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George Bowers Sr.: Nation was founded on the rule of law, not man

This July will mark 238 years since our nation's founders declared their independence from Great Britain and the heavy-handed tyrant, King George. Many of the driving issues for this historical separation can be boiled down to one underlying contrast: would the colonies be ruled by law or by man? Ultimately, thousands of our ancestors gave their lives on the battlefields of this land to settle that question and found this nation firmly on the rule of law. Within 13 years, our Constitution was drafted and ratified as the legal basis for all governments in our young nation. comments
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George Bowers Sr.: Help for the homeless

Hebrews 13:2 tells us to offer hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some have entertained angels without even knowing it. I wonder how many angels I have turned away over the years. Let me share a program that provides a good structure to welcome angels as well as fellow humans. comments
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George Bowers Sr.: Our faith-filled presidents

America celebrated Presidents' Day this past Monday. Each year this day offers an opportunity to honor the 43 men who have held this highest office and recognize them for their service. It is a sad but true observation that over recent years, the faith of these great men has been intentionally buried and ignored in order to advance current social agendas. As we remember these leaders, I encourage us to revisit their lives to see what spiritual characteristics empowered them to lead our nation well. comments
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George Bowers Sr.: Winter games bring families together

Whenever we hear of Winter Games, we generally think of skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and all the other events of the Olympic Games, which will be held this month in Sochi. And while I really enjoy these events, I also enjoy some other types of winter games even more: board and table games. comments
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George A. Bowers Sr.: Snowy wonder points to our great creator

As I write this article, the valley is freshly coated with a new fluffy blanket of white. And aside from the inconvenience it causes to motorists, it is an amazing gift from God. Not only is it beautiful to the eye, but it recharges our water tables and aquifers, provides nitrogen to the soil and insulation to the ground, and it is a free fun medium for a multitude of winter sports. comments
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George Bowers: Maximizing our footprints

We are reminded on a regular basis to minimize our carbon footprints by making wise personal environmental decisions. Driving less, taking shorter showers, and reducing energy consumption are but a few of the myriad "environmentally friendly" suggestions we have been bombarded with recently. And while Christians should be the leaders in wise stewardship of God's creation, we must remember that there other aspects of life that are more enduring. comments

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