Monthly Archives: March 2014

Word of the Week: Wisdom

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Some of you from my generation and older may remember Art Linkletter. He hosted a day time TV variety show called “House Party” from 1952 to 1969. My Mom loved to watch it.

One of the segments from that show was called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”   Years later Bill Cosby did a show with the same title and similar results. The premise was based on asking a child, usually 3-8 years old, a question that would elicit a cute response.

Whether from those shows or another source, I came across these funny responses from children after they were given a well-known proverb and then asked to come up with the ending.  Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! The Good News About Guilt

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Several years ago the San Diego Union newspaper ran an amusing story about two men on trial for armed robbery. The robbery wasn’t funny. But what occurred in court was more than amusing.

An eye-witness took the stand and the prosecutor got up to begin his questioning. First he asked the eyewitness, “You were at the scene of the robbery?” Continue reading

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If God is Your Father, Please Call Home!

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Last night at the Hickman Mills church where I preach we focused on prayer for the entire service.

We sang about prayer. Sang prayer songs. Read scripture about prayer. Shared some thoughts about prayer. And, we prayed!

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Poverty and Disregard for the Family

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Congressman Paul Ryan has taken some heat the past few days for comments he made last week on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. In discussing the problem of poverty in America, Ryan, in part, said this: 

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Satisfaction vs Success

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I enjoy reading the conservative columnist Cal Thomas.   Occasionally   I quote from his writings. Today, I want to share his entire March 12, 2014, column. It’s practical. Biblical. And, it will cause you to reconsider your priorities.

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Word of the Week: Servant

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Alan Smith tells the story about a boss complaining in his staff meeting that he wasn’t getting any respect from his employees.

Later that morning he went to a local sign shop and bought a sign that read, “I’m the Boss”. He then attached it to his office door.

That afternoon, when he returned from lunch, he saw someone had taped a note to the sign that read: Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Jesus The Son of Man

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There are over 200 titles, names and metaphors in the Bible that identify Jesus.  Christ. Lord.  King. Priest. Immanuel.  And Son of God.

However, Jesus most often referred to himself as the Son of Man.  Why?  What does it mean?  How did it originate?  And how it is relevant today? Continue reading

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March Madness and a Moral Morass

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“March Madness” has arrived!  No, I’m not talking about the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  But the annual “rite of passage” for many college students called “Spring Break 

This hedonistic, decadent, not-stop party extends from Miami’s South Beach, to South Padre Island and from Las Vegas to New Orleans.  Various web articles tout the following headlines:  Continue reading

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Is God A Mass Murderer?

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Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” recently spouted “this is a stupid country” because 60% of Americans believe in the Biblical narrative of Noah.

Regarding the upcoming movie “Noah”, Maher ranted that the Bible  story was false and “immoral.”  “It’s about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it and his name is God,” declared the avowed atheist.   Continue reading

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Overcoming Life’s Failures

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March Madness is here!

For the non-sports fan, I’m not talking about the weather!  The NCAA basketball tournament begins this week.  If you’re a basketball fan, it’s a great three-week ride.

There will be upsets.  Highs and lows.  Ups and downs.  Incredible plays.  Smiles and tears. Success and failure.  Predictably, there will be a game where a team has a lead, then becomes tentative.  Quits making the plays that put them ahead.  At that point, the color commentator will say, “They’re playing not to lose, instead of playing to win.” Continue reading

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