Monthly Archives: March 2012

IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! The Importance of the Cross

 John Wooden, the  late, legendary basketball coach for UCLA always kept a cross in his pocket.  When asked why, he responded, “To remind me that there is something more important than basketball.” 

 I really enjoy the game of basketball, but I need to realize some things are more important.  I don’t want to be like the fellow who watched so much basketball that his wife said, “I think you love basketball more than me.”  To that he thought for a moment and responded, “Yes, Continue reading


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A Change in ThePreachersWord Coming on Friday!

Tomorrow, I’m beginning a new weekly column on ThePreachersWord called–    It’s Friday.  But Sunday’s Coming!”  

This title comes from an old sermon by S. M. Lockrige that was made famous by author and speaker Tony Campolo some thirty years ago.  But more on that later.  Continue reading

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Wanna Fight About It?

For sports fans March Madness is a great time of year.  Basketball played at its highest level. Close wins.  Exciting upsets. Fierce rivalries.    This Saturday could feature all of the above in match up between bitter rivals Kentucky and Louisville.  But things are already heating up in the Bluegrass State between their respective fans. Continue reading


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Who Am I? Friend Or Foe?

Can you guess the answer to this riddle?

I am your constant companion am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.

I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you must be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of great people, and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.

You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I? Continue reading


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Love Busters

“Marriage is like a fishing net. Each day fishermen use their nets to catch fish and sell them at the market,” writes Dr. Willard Harley in his book Love Busters. Continue reading

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The Love Bank

Yesterday was our second marriage enrichment class with the Henderson Boulevard church family. I am enjoying being with these brethren and sharing some ideas with these fine young couples. Well, and some not so young! Continue reading


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What Can A Single Seed Do?

A seed.  Small.  Seemingly insignificant.  Forgotten.  But  filled with potential for growth.  For greatness.

  A single seed of corn can grow a huge stalk with one or two ears of corn.  A single ear of field corn can have as many as 700 seeds.  So, one seed reproduced itself 1400 times!  Incredible! Continue reading


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Have You Figured Out Your Future?

So, how are your brackets looking? 

You know the one where you predicted Duke and Missouri to be in the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament?  Or for Michigan State to win it all?  What happened to your Cinderella teams!  Continue reading


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What Do You Know?

          Leon Mauldin tells about seeing a message on a church marquee that read:  “A church with few answers, many questions, but great faith.”  On the surface that sounds good.  It sounds humble.  Here is a church open, willing to consider everything from a fresh perspective.  A church not rigid, not bound by traditionalism.  Continue reading

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“It’s the Garden of Eden All Over Again”

When you’re in college, Spring Break is the ultimate in week-long partying (for us it was, at least). Those seven days or so are reserved for drinking, sun tanning, dancing, and you know, um, making out. But sometimes, things can get really raunchy — think Girls Gone Wild, but without Joe Francis and his camera crew breathing uncomfortably down your neck. If you wanna hit the hottest parties this coming Spring, you’re going to need to book now — and these four spots are perfect for stripping down, boozing hard, and getting your freak on. Continue reading


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