Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thank You, God, For Everything!

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Matthew Henry was a well-known, British Bible scholar and Preacher who lived from 1662 to 1714.  His commentaries on the Old and New Testament are still in print today.

One day Dr. Henry was riding his horse on the way to a church meeting where he was the guest speaker.  As he journeyed through the dense forest a masked bandit suddenly appeared with a gun.  He demanded that Henry dismount and hand over all of his money.  Fearing for his life, he quickly complied as the robber returned into the woods. Continue reading

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You Can’t Grow If You’re Dead!

Turkey.FrozenNorma Jean and I are in Florida for Thanksgiving.  Last night we went grocery shopping, laying in food for our stay and for the big day on Thursday!  When we came to the meat section, she found a turkey and said “Do you think it’s big enough?”  I agreed that it was.  But it reminded me of this story. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Thanksgiving

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It was the day before Thanksgiving and Michelle wanted to emphasize the importance and meaning of Thanksgiving to her pre-school class.  She decided to playfully contrast it with some incorrect ideas.  The dialogue went something like this.  Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Mighty in Power

Jesus.Pilate.2The Emperor, Charlemagne, known also as “Charles the Great,” ruled from of Western Europe from 768-814.  He  wanted to be remembered as the powerful ruler he was.  Legend says that he requested to be entombed sitting on his throne.  His crown on His head.  His scepter in his hand.  And his royal cape draped around his shoulders. Continue reading

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A Refuge in Times of Trouble

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(This post was the 7th most read in 2013)

The Old Testament Patriarch, Job, observed over 3,000 years ago, “Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.”

I have been reminded of that this week.  Again.

Rescue teams have been searching the Barren River in Bowling Green, Kentucky, looking for Adam Smelser, missing since Sunday afternoon.  Evidently he went for a run.  Then a swim. And hasn’t been seen since.  I feel the grief and heart-break of his parents, family and friends. Continue reading

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Bill Cosby “Calls Out” Vulgar Culture

Cosby.Bill(Note:  We are taking a “holiday break” and re-posting the top 9 posts in 2013 based on the number of hits.  Although only posted a month ago, this one came in at #9)

“We are not a vulgar culture,” said Bill Cosby in a speech at Tuskegee University earlier this month. Continue reading

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Was Abraham Lincoln a Man of Faith?

Lincoln“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”

You immediately recognize those words as the beginning of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.  Today is the 150th anniversary of that speech at the dedication of the soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

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