Monthly Archives: October 2012

Holy, Hallowed and Halloween

Hallow.  It isn’t a word commonly used today.  When the model prayer of Jesus is repeated, we say, “Hallowed be Thy name” (Matt. 6:9).  More often the word is identified with the last day of October, in which we in the United States refer to Halloween, which means “all Hallow’s Eve.” Continue reading


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“I’m tired of doing things my way.”

Yesterday I had a Bible study with a man named Mike.  As we began he shared with me some personal things about his life.  Then he looked me in the eye and said, “I’m tired of doing things my way.”  Continue reading


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Civility in Society

Who said this?

“…at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” Continue reading


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Worship Celebrates Christ

“The focus of worship,” writes Robert Webber, “is not human experience, not a lecture,  not entertainment, but Jesus Christ—his life, death, and resurrection.” Continue reading

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Choose Your Words Wisely

Here’s your bonus blog for Saturday with a little humor.

Have you heard about the two brothers, Bob and Richard?  Neither had married.  Richard lived with their 88-year-old mother. Bob’s whole life was Annabelle his cat.  He never went anywhere without her. Continue reading


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Melvin Newland tells a story about a little girl who proudly wore a shiny cross on a chain around her neck. One day she was approached by a man who said to her, “Little girl, don’t you know that the cross Jesus died on wasn’t beautiful like the one you’re wearing? It was an ugly, wooden thing.” To which the girl replied, “Yes, I know. But they told me in Sunday School that whatever Jesus touches, He changes.” Continue reading


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What Drives You?

Popular author, Rick Warren writes, “Everyone’s life is driven by something. Most dictionaries define the verb drive as “to guide, to control, or to direct.” Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling, and directing it at that moment. What is the driving force in your life?” Continue reading


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9 Qualities of Christian Character, Part 3

 A man who is charged with destroying a bar in a drunken brawl, appeared in court, “Sir, said the  Judge, “What do you have to say for yourself?

“Your honor.  I’m not guilty.  My reputation in this community is spotless.  My character is beyond reproach.

“Do you have any witnesses who can vouch for your character? asked the Judge.

The man pointed across the courtroom “The sheriff over there.”

The sheriff immediately jumped to his feet, “Your honor.  That man’s a liar.  I’ve never seen him before in my life!” Continue reading


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9 Qualities of Christian Character Part 2

Calvin Coolidge was right when he said, “We do not need more national  development, we need more spiritual development.  We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power.  We do not need more knowledge, we need more character.  We do not need more law, we need more religion.  We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.”

Today’s post is the second of three regarding Christian character.  Yesterday we covered the first three letters of our acrostic. Continue reading

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9 Qualities of Christian Character

     On Thursday I wrote a post entitled “Character Counts.”

It was a preview to the Impact 2012 Men’s Retreat that I was privileged to faciliate last week-end. Theme was “The Character of Man.”  I believe our readers, both men and women, would benefit from the key points from those three sessions. Continue reading


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