Word of the Week: Encouraging

“We need encouraging lessons,” one of the Shepherds of a local church said regarding a meeting I’m scheduled to hold this Fall.

He observed that not only had COVID-19 had an impact on their Church Family but also other events had taken their toll as well. I suspect this can be said of most local congregations that have had extended periods of not assembling and still have not returned to a normal schedule. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Wonderful

“A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, a wonderful Savior to me” begins the hymn written by the famous songwriter Fanny Crosby. Yet the circumstances of Crosby’s life were anything but wonderful.

Three tragic events impacted Fanny Crosby that could have rendered her discouraged, depressed, and impotent to accomplish success in her life. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: July 26-31

Good morning from hot, sunny Florida!

Yes, we’re back in Florida.  With the closure of the Canadian border and our trip to England canceled, we decided to come back and see our grandkids (oh, and of course, our kids too!) Continue reading

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Friday’s List to Live By #4

Today’s list is adapted from LeRoy Brownlow’s, A Psalm in My Heart, based on Psalm 18.

Click here to read Psalm 18, where David used seven tributes to describe and praise God.

If you’ve missed this 13-week series, click here to access the first three lists. Continue reading

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Staying Connected When We’re Apart

Rick Warren is fond of saying, “You are not just called to believe, but to belong.”

While I disagree with some of Warren’s theology, he was right when he wrote in The Purpose Driven Life ,“We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship and formed for a family.”

However, during these COVID-19 days, our community is disconnected. Our fellowship is somewhat fractured. And our families, both physical and spiritual, have become detached, disjointed, and disassociated. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 8

Ray Stedman, in his book Authentic Christianity, tells a story about a man who was an alcoholic but accepted Christ and became a believer,

A friend who heard of his conversion questioned him about how he could believe all that “nonsense” in the Bible about miracles. “You don’t believe that Jesus changed the water into wine, do you?” Continue reading

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Stewardship During the Pandemic

Recently one of our readers suggested that I write something about our stewardship during the COVID-19 crisis.

No doubt many of our readers, if not all to some degree, have been affected financially by the pandemic. Some have been laid off. Others lost jobs. Everyone’s retirement portfolios have shrunk a bit, if not a lot. Add to that, churches have not been meeting. So collections have not been taken. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Faithfulness

Tim Hansel, in his book Holy Sweat, relates the remarkable story of Clarence Jordan, “a man of unusual abilities and commitment.”

Jordan earned two Ph.D.s, one in agriculture and the other in Biblical languages. His talent and skill could have been used for many profitable pursuits, but he and his wife, Florence, decided to help poor people in rural Georgia–both black and white. So, in 1942 they founded Koinonia Farm in Americus, GA. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Paradox Day

Today is Sunday. It’s the day Christians meet to honor Jesus.

We take communion and remember “the crucified Christ.” Prior to partaking a song will be sung that is often cross-centered. Someone will read a passage about Jesus’ death, or the institution of the Lord’s Supper. Remarks will be made that remind us that the bread represents His body, and the fruit of the vine His blood. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: July 19-24

Good morning

With the Canadian border still closed and travel to England cancelled, Norma Jean and I have been enjoying seeing the sights in Colorado this week.  And reconnecting with friends of bygone days.  While the events of the past three months  are not what we planned, we’ve adapted the old  adage, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

But the time has come to leave the majestic mountains and journey east. Continue reading

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