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Goodbye Paradise!

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“There is a deep abyss that separates Hades from Paradise, which divides the stage into two distinct places. Paradise is beautiful, filled with golden light, and flower-bordered paths through rolling grassy hills and meadows. Everything is set around a great golden stairway. Across the abyss, Hades is dark, barren, and forbidding, looking as though the entire landscape is plunging into the crevasse.” That is the paragraph that described the set we would have to create for The Gates of Paradise….

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Is Ragtown Live Theater…or Life Theater?

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Last Saturday was one of those days. We discovered a problem with our sound system at the Friday night rehearsal. Saturday morning we were all perplexed, but eventually thought we had it resolved, or at least had figured out a “work-around.” We did a final sound check, and it looked like everything was going to work. It didn’t. Before the play, Glenn told the cast that something amazing must be going to happen, because we had been getting all kinds…

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THE GATES OF PARADISE

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Where Did Jesus Go When He Died? Two things that Jesus said create a mystery that is the foundation of this story. The first was when the two thieves being crucified with Jesus were talking. One insulted Jesus, and the other defended Him. The thief then asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. Luke tells us that Jesus said to the thief, “Truly, I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” Then three…

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Who Are You?

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A Question To Ask Every Hour of Every Day for the Rest of Your Life I recently sold my dear old ’53 Five-Window Chevy Pick-up. I never had a chance to drive it anymore, and because I am the same year model, I knew that just sitting there was taking a toll on its well-being. But yeah, it was hard to see it go. When I was collecting the keys to give to the new owners, I discovered that I…

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THE CARPENTER’S SON…This Saturday at 3:00!

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A young Jesus sews the seeds of faith among His future apostles, John, James, Peter, and Andrew, along with His younger brother, James. This is a heart-warming, uplifting message that early depicts the person and personality of the young Savior. Plus a great concert featuring songs from the Ragtown Gospel Band’s latest CD, He Gave His Word.

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Standing On The Brow Of The Hill

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Was It a Vision, or Merely Imagination? Standing on the brow of the hill outside Nazareth, looking out over the Jezreel Valley at the distant form of Mount Tabor, the Mount of Transfiguration, I saw something. I don’t want to overstate it, because it might have been mere imagination kindled by the intense sensory and emotional overload that happens to everyone who visits the Holy Land. But standing there amid rocks and scrub brush that had been there for two…

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Would Jesus Have Been On The Sofa Watching the Superbowl?

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(Click below to listen to the audio version) I took a total day off Sunday. Well, I was up and outside at 5 am stoking the coals and mopping my Superbowl Brisket that had been cooking all night. Pretty sure I still smelled a little like mesquite smoke at church later, but it was worth it, because I killed it on the brisket, using Tom Perini’s recipe. If you’ve never been to Perini Ranch near Buffalo Gap…go. It’s one of…

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What Does It Feel Like to Make Decisions In Christ?

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Our home church is elder led, and I have served in that leadership capacity for a long time. I have loved it, because I dearly love the people and the message of approval and love in Christ that we proclaim. The work of guarding and shepherding in a relationship of love and mutual respect with the pastor, my brother elders, and the deacons has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Last Sunday I stepped down. I…

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Changes At Ragtown Gospel Theater

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I just got a new computer, not because the old one was broken, but because it couldn’t keep up with change. It was doing everything it was supposed to do, but it just didn’t have enough memory anymore. It couldn’t run fast enough. Or think fast enough. It would go somewhere, and you could see the wheel turning, but it couldn’t remember what it was supposed to do when it got there. Well, having written that, it feels like I…

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Life On The Sea Of Galilee

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The Sea of Galilee was not what I expected. It is actually a large lake, just slightly over twice the size of Lake Meredith in the Texas Panhandle. It is only about 13 miles from north to south, and 8 miles across. Several small towns are situated along its shores, most of which were ancient fishing villages, and many were places where Jesus spent time…particularly in Capernaum. When I would read in the Bible about these places…Capernaum, Bethsaida, Tiberius, Magdala…all…

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