Gary Petty

Gary Petty is a 1978 graduate of Ambassador College with a BS in mass communications. He worked for six years in radio in Pennsylvania and Texas. He was ordained a minister in 1984 and has served congregations in Longview and Houston Texas; Rockford, Illinois; and in Janesville and Beloit, Wisconsin. He presently pastors United Church of God congregations in San Antonio, Austin and Waco, Texas.

Gary says he's "excited to be a part of preaching the good news of God's Kingdom over the airwaves," and "trusts the material presented will make a helpful difference in people's lives, bringing them closer to a relationship with their heavenly Father."

 
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A young person reading a Bible.
Posted February 26, 2014 | 0 comments
A woman holding a wrapped box.
Posted December 5, 2013 | 4 comments
Aerial photo of a flooded area.
Posted September 9, 2013 | 0 comments
Photo of the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall
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A woman weaving on a loom.
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Pulling apart unleavened bread
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Who Really Killed Jesus?
Posted March 11, 2013 | 1 comments
Is Marriage Obsolete?
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4,000 Years of Christmas
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by Gary Petty

A scoundrel is a conniver. He is a selfish person who lives without moral principles and is motivated by the desire to prosper at the expense of others. Scoundrels target the naive.

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Some proverbs are "contrasting statements" meaning that there is an important difference between the first phrase and second phrase. (See Life Lessons: The Book of Proverbs ). In Proverbs:14:14-16 Solomon contrasts three different types of character.

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Are you consumed with negative thoughts during the day?

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The book of Proverbs has much to say about the consequences of laziness producing poverty. The Proverbs also speak of those who may be poor because of circumstances beyond their control and the moral responsibility of those who are more fortunate to help those who are less fortunate.

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Lawyer Abraham Lincoln was in a debate.  He asked his opponent, "How many legs has a cow?"

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Could you learn anything about life from an insect?

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Jesus said, "Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the sons of God." Everyone agrees with the concept, but how can we practice peacemaking? Sometimes it seems like you can't get through a day without experiencing conflict with a family member, neighbor, co-worker or a stranger on the subway.

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A sign hanging on the wall of a small business read:  "If you don't believe the dead come back to life you've never been here at quitting time."  Unfortunately, many employers feel this way about their employees.

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In American West folklore the Colt .45 revolver was known as the "Peacemaker."  Gunning down anyone who disagrees with you is a violently aggressive concept of peace making, especially if you're the one getting shot.  Many people go through life as verbal gunfighters ready to slay their opponent with words at the slightest provocation.

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A notice on a company bulletin board:

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Posted April 22, 2013 -
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Solomon gave this warning: “For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths. The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly” (Proverbs:5:21-23 NIV).

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Of the strange achievements recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records , Hetty Green's has to be the most tragic.  She is listed as the "world's greatest miser".  Green was America's first woman business tycoon.  She was so downright unpleasant she became known as "The Witch of Wall Street".

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When my daughters were teens I told them to be particularly aware of three traits in a boy because these traits influence what kind of man he would become.

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There's a story I've heard told in different ways but it always ends with the same lesson.

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A farmer asked to borrow a rope from his neighbor.

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A man was driving down a winding country lane when he came around a sharp curve and almost hit a car that was swerving all over the road.  He jerked the wheel as he barely missed it.  As they passed, the erratic driver shouted out the window, "Pig!"

Angrily the man managed to yell back, "Cow!"

For a brief moment, the man felt smug with his quick response.  He then sped around the next curve and slammed headlong into a large pig standing in the middle of the road.

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Most people live by happenstance.  Everyday life is a series of actions without much planning.  Are you ready to open your mind to the endless possibilities of a simple challenge to make personal goals?

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Sometimes we get so lost in the details that we lose sight of the bigger picture. Consider this story.

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If offered the choice between a box containing plastic jewelry and a box filled with gold jewelry studded with diamonds and pearls wouldn't you automatically choose the real jewelry? You know that gold and natural pearls are intrinsically more valuable than plastic. Gold is the value standard of jewelry.

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The word standard comes from an Anglo-Norman word describing a flag or banner carried into battle as a rallying point for soldiers. The person who carried the standard was called the standard-bearer or color guard. Possibly the most honored, and dangerous, position for a soldier during battle was to be a member of the color guard. The color guard was responsible for defending the standards at all cost. If the colors were captured the regiment had no point of reference, and many times panic and disintegration ensued. Regiments today still have national and unit flags called "standards" or "colors".

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Posted February 12, 2013 -
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We all have to make decisions every day. Most are small choices like what clothes to wear or what to eat for lunch. We also face choices that can affect the rest of our lives—decisions concerning education, career and friends or far-reaching moral judgments.

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by Gary Petty

Remember the game of Monopoly? The goal of the game is to collect all the properties of a particular color and then build houses and hotels on those properties.

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Posted January 28, 2013 -
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When I was a child my Dad told me about an incident that happened when he was on guard duty in the Marine Corps.  Two of the guards were best friends who liked to quick draw their handguns whenever they saw each other.  One day they both grabbed their weapons and one gun accidentally went off.

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Posted January 21, 2013 -
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All of us desire to be understood by others.  Unfortunately, many disagreements end with nobody understanding anybody.

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Forgiveness is giving up the emotional need to punish someone who has mistreated you.  Forgiving isn't easy, but you will never have peace of mind until you do.

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It was the most exclusive club in the world. The list of members included the celebrated names of Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, Macy, and Goodyear.

The small island off the coast of Georgia was covered with lush vegetation, secluded beaches, and abundant wildlife. In 1886 Jekyll Island became the private resort of the richest families in the United States.

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There was no reason to think the young child named George would be successful. Born a slave, he was orphaned when slave raiders kidnapped his mother. The couple who owned George took care of the sickly boy as if he was their own. At the end of the American Civil War they adopted their former slave and gave him their own name: Carver.

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Have you ever fantasized about finding a treasure?

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All human beings want to be happy, yet for many people it seems to be the most elusive of human conditions. 

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Webster' New World Dictionary defines envy as, "a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another's advantages [or] possessions..."

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Proverbs:27:19 states:  "As in water face reflects face, so a man's heart reveals the man."  Throughout the book of Proverbs, the heart is used as a symbol of a person's deepest emotions, desires and motivations.

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Posted November 26, 2012 -
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Solomon recorded for his son important keys to success in life.  In Proverbs:3:1-2 he wrote, "My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life, And peace they will add to you." 

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Posted November 20, 2012 -
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Why does wisdom seem elusive?  Many times life's problems appear too complex and solutions are difficult to find.  Wisdom isn't found in mysterious codes, but a practical and ethical way of thinking.

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A group of four high school seniors decide to skip classes and go to a movie.  The boys appear in their English class the next day only to have the teacher inform them that they missed an important pop quiz.

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There's an old saying that goes, "Don't mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it.  If it is unfair, keep from irritation. If it is ignorant, smile. If it is justified, learn from it." An important aspect of personal growth and success is the ability to take constructive criticism and ignore unwarranted criticism.

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Posted October 30, 2012 -
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How many times has each of us, in a fit of rage or frustration, blurted out a devastating remark to a friend, spouse, co-worker, or child, only to immediately regret saying it?

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One of the most precious of life's experiences is friendship.  A friend is someone who cares for your well being; who will tell you your faults and stick by you in spite of them; a person who shares the ups and downs, and the mundane.  Friends share common interests and have an emotional bond that supersedes being mere acquaintances. 

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Posted October 16, 2012 -
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There's an old story about a farmer who sold butter to a local baker in a nearby village.  One day the baker complained that the farmer was selling his one-pound blocks of butter an ounce short.  He measured each block of the next shipment, and sure enough, all of them were short by an ounce.  He sued the farmer and took him to court.

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Posted September 18, 2012 -
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Harry and Sally sat on their back porch enjoying the soft summer breeze.  They listened to the sounds of a nearby creek and the chirping of crickets.  Harry wistfully commented on how crickets sure can sing.  Sally agreed, but her mind was really on the harmony of the choir singing at a nearby evening church service.

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Posted September 10, 2012 -
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When dealing with groups of people in business, churches, communities or families little positive action is accomplished without successful leadership.  In his role as Israel's king, Solomon learned many important lessons concerning leadership.

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