With so many new readers in recent years, we’re occasionally reblogging past posts. This one powerfully speaks to me and my life. I hope it does to you.
John Maxwell has a neat book entitled “Failing Forward.” The Subtitle is “Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success.” The thesis is that we all fail. But some fail backward. And others fail forward. Successful people respond positively to their failures. They learn. Grow. And achieve.
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In recent days there has been some discussion on facebook about a quote from the Christian hip hop artist Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac.
Some have suggested his quote as posted above implies that the only reason we attend church is to worship God. Others have opined that we are also there for fellowship. And so the discourse ensued, debating and discussing the purpose of our worship assembly.
The Bible reveals at least 4 valid reasons for attending church services. Continue reading
A mother took her young son shopping. At the end of the day, a clerk handed the little boy a lollipop.
“What do you say?” the mother said to her son.
With a big smile on his face and great confidence, he exuded, “Charge it!” Continue reading
Amplias. Urbanus. Stachys. Apelles. Herodion. Persis. Asyncritus. Phlegon. Hermas. Patrobas. Hermes. Tryphena and Tryphosa.
Unknown. Unheralded. Unrecognized. Describes the aforementioned people. Their names may be unfamiliar to you. But they are not unimportant to God. Continue reading
Frederick the Great, the 18th century King of Prussia, is said to have once invited some notable people to his royal table including his top-ranking generals. One of them, Hans von Zieten, declined the invitation because he wanted to partake of communion at his church.
At a later banquet when von Zieten was present, Frederick mocked the general for his religious beliefs, as the other guests joined in joking about the Lord’s supper. Continue reading
Chuck Swindoll, in Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back, tells a story about a father concerned about the danger of a nearby canal, ordered his son, “Don’t swim in the canal.”
“OK, Dad,” he answered.
However, later that day he saw his son coming home carrying a wet swimsuit.
“Where have you been?” demanded the father.
“Swimming in the canal,” answered the boy. Continue reading
Today, June 6th, is the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, code named D-Day, the Allied invasion of northern France.
The assault began at daybreak when Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the go-ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history.
By the end of the day, 155,000 American, British and Canadian troops had successful stormed Normandy’s beaches and were able to push inland. While many were wounded and died, the campaign was ultimately successful. And within three months, northern France would be freed and the Allied forces would enter Germany. Continue reading