Psalm 14.1

D. L. Moody was a 19th century evangelist, educator and publisher. The Moody Bible Institute in Chicago is one achievement of his ministry.

Moody preached all over the United States as well as England and Ireland where he held evangelistic campaigns that attracted large audiences. In fact, his last sermon was in Kansas City, Missouri, November 16, 1899.

As a result of his bold style and passionate preaching his meetings were often attended by hecklers who violently disagreed with his teaching.

In the final service of one meeting, an usher handed Moody a note as he approached the lectern. It was from an atheist who had constantly criticized Moody. The evangelist, however, supposed it was an announcement, so he quieted the large audience and prepared to read it. As he opened the folded paper he found scrawled in large print only one word: “FOOL!” Continue reading

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Sometimes You Need To Dig!


The brochure on our door says, “Hello, Lee’s Summit. Fiber is here.” That’s google fiber.

The ad proclaims it’s “Super fast internet. Powerful Wi-Fi. A DVR like no other.” I checked the google web page, their internet speed is 1,000 megabits per second. Mine is 15! In a race google fiber would finish in 4 seconds. It would take me over 4 minutes!

I’m watching with interest as workers are invading our neighbor installing the cable. However, the other day while driving down the street and navigating the trucks, equipment, and workers something struck me as interesting. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Authority


Billie Burke was a famous actress of the early 20th century. She played “Glinda the good witch” in the Wizard of Oz musical. The story is told that Ms Burke was once traveling on a cruise ship when she noticed a man at the next table suffering from a bad cold.

She asked, “Are you uncomfortable?”

The man nodded in the affirmative.

“Well,” she instructed, “I’ll tell you what to do.” Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Jesus is Lord of Lords!


Melvin Newland, the preacher for the Ridge Chapel Church in Kansas, OK, tells an incredible story of a lady who attended a Sunday service.

The lady, a former member 25 years earlier, was visiting a friend in the Ridge and decided to attend services that morning. However, following the worship she approached Melvin and angrily informed him she was not happy with the service.

“Why?” asked Newland. Continue reading

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Three Levels of Living

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“When things are at their blackest,” wrote Robert Lynn Asprin, “I say to myself, ‘Cheer up, things could be worse.’ And sure enough, they get worse.”

Joyce Carol Oates, looked at life this way: “Keep a light, hopeful heart. But expect the worst.”

The writer, O’Henry penned, “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles, with sniffles predominating.”

“We are born crying, live complaining and die disappointed,” wrote Thomas Fuller in 1732. Continue reading


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Several years ago “Reader’s Digest” told about a company who mailed out some special advertising cards with a mustard seed glued to it and the following caption:

“If you have faith as small as this mustard seed in (our particular product), you are guaranteed to get excellent results and be totally satisfied.”

A few months later one recipient of this promotional piece responded to the company with this note: Continue reading


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7 Steps To Overcoming Bad Habits


With the baseball just around the corner, I’m reminded of a story by Tommy Lasorda, the great Dodger manager, as he described his battle to overcome bad habits.

“I took a pack of cigarettes from my pocket, stared at it and said, “Who’s stronger, you or me?” The answer was me. I stopped smoking.

Then I took a vodka martini and said to it, “Who’s stronger, you or me?” Again the answer was me. I quit drinking.

Then I went on a diet. I looked at a big plate of linguine with clam sauce and said, “Who’s stronger, you or me?” Continue reading

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