Evil Strikes Again

Actually, evil strikes every day. But some days evil is so horrific that it’s headlined on the evening news.

This past weekend five shootings across the US made the news.

Three separate shootings occurred outside the Milwaukee Bucks arena following their loss to the Boston Celtics in game 6. Fortunately, no one died. But 29 were injured.

On Sunday afternoon a shooter killed one person and wounded five others at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Ethical

In one of his devotional books, LeRoy Brownlow told a story about a man explaining ethics to his son.

“Ethic is vital to a workable and confident society,” he said. “For instance, a friend paid me back today a loan with a new hundred-dollar bill. Later I discovered there were two hundred-dollar bills stuck together. This immediately presented a question of ethics.” Pausing he said… Continue reading

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Quotable Quotes: Honoring Jesus

Today we gather in our churches around the US and all over the world for one central reason and for one special focus. To remember Jesus.

On the eve of the His crucifixion, during the Passover feast, Jesus instituted a memorial, later called by Paul, “The Lord’s Supper.” When partaking of it, Jesus instructed, “This do in remembrance of Me.”

Today we assemble because of who Jesus is. Because of what He did. And because of our relationship to Him.

For today’s seed thought, consider these great quotes about Jesus. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: May 8-13

Good morning from Beverly Hills,

For those who think Florida is oppressively hot 24/7, 365, this current season is a very sweet time here.  Low to mid-60s in the morning.  Low to mid 80’s during the day.  However, we know that 90+ degree temperatures are coming.  But, it’s pleasant right now.

For the next three weeks, we’re home before we begin a pretty busy summer schedule.  If you’re visiting or in the area of Crystal River, I’ll be preaching at the West Citrus Church on May 15, 22, and 29.  Sunday Bible is @ 9:3o AM and Worship @ 10:30 AM.  Come and join us. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #84

Tuesday’s post addressed the importance of Dads in the home. As a follow-up, today’s list offers some specific suggestions for Dads.

21 Tips For Being a Great Dad Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Memories

If you’re on facebook, you know they care about your memories. They say so. And then bring up pictures of past posts for you to think about. Or laugh at.

This morning facebook reminded me of a wonderful memory from the above picture posted on May 12, 2013, in Lee’s Summit, MO. It was Mother’s Day. And it was one of our best surprises. Ever. Well, until Miles was born.

We had moved from Temple Terrace the previous year, and it would be the first time in several years that Norma Jean wouldn’t get to be with our kids on Mother’s Day. So, I decided to surprise her by flying them to Kansas City. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Isaiah 5:20-21

“Abortion is sacred. And the Supreme Court can’t take that away from us, screamed a headline in an article by Rae Guerra-Lorenzo defending the constitutional and personal right of a woman to abort her baby.

Rabbi Mara Nathan, the senior Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, addressed the issue in a sermon entitled “The Right to Choose is a Jewish Value.” She asserted that “Judaism has always been pro-choice” regarding the issue of abortion.

“Let’s be clear: The right to an abortion is sacred.” Tweeted John Fetterman, the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and a 2022 candidate for the United States Senate. Continue reading

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Being a Dad: Doing the Lord’s Work

 

Florida resident and Hall-of-fame NFL coach Tony Dungy have come under fire for comments he recently made at a press conference promoting fatherhood.

Dungy appeared with Governor Ron DeSantis who signed into law a bill with initiatives to support, encourage and assist fathers in the upbringing of their children.

Various speakers at the press conference spoke about the consequences of growing up without a father. When Dungy spoke he recalled a visit to prison with Abe Brown and seeing 19, 20, and 21-year-old kids. “How do those young boys get here?” Dungy asked Brown. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Relationships

“No one undertakes a journey alone. We depend upon others constantly–in ways both tangible and intangible–to move us toward our destination,” observes John Maxwell in his little book Relationships 101.

“We cannot succeed without the help of others, but forming positive relationships can be a challenge,” Maxwell opines. This is true in business. In politics. In sports. In the home. And in the church. Continue reading

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“Honor Unto Whom Honor”

Ascribing honor to those in special positions of power, influence, or responsibility is a principle found throughout the Bible.

In the Old Testament Kings, prophets, and priests were accorded honor for who they were, the office they occupied, and the service they rendered.

Israel was taught to honor God by their worship, their sacrifices, and even through the way they used the blessings He provided them.

Jesus came to earth honoring the heavenly Father through doing His will and finishing the work assigned to Him. Continue reading

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