Archive for April, 2018

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Charitable Extortion!

TheDiscipleMD We are coming to an end of a season that is known for its charitable giving.  However, the two words charitable and extortion,  are two words and concepts that don’t belong together.  Among various definitions the word “charity” has always meant to me the voluntary giving of something, be it time, money, energy, etc., to a good cause. […]

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In The Day Of Our Trouble

TheDiscipleMD There is plenty of good counsel to be found in the scriptures. Perhaps that is why the prophets are constantly encouraging us to read them . “The scriptures are like a written “recording” of the “voice” of the Lord—a voice we feel in our hearts more than we hear with our ears. As we […]

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The Daily Dilemma Of A Lay Church Leader

TheDiscipleMD Over my lifetime I have given unnumbered hours in service to the church. I have done so willingly and without reservation knowing that the time was well spent. Some critics of the church have charged that members are encouraged to serve in the church at the expense of their families. That the church, which […]

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Reasons Known Only To God

TheDiscipleMD It was mid July of 1977. I was driving cross-country on a tour of the Argentina Buenos Aires South mission with my companion and the Mission President.  The Mission President was riding in the front passenger seat, while my companion slumbered in the back seat.  It was nearing dusk as I peacefully drove along somewhere between the […]

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