Monthly Archives: April 2014

5 Tips For Controlling Anger

old man runningIn a recent “Thought For The Day,” Alan Smith shared this great story!

There once was an older man who went out jogging. He was running around a track that circled the high school football field while the team was conducting their practice. When the football players began running their sprints up and down the field, the man said to himself, “I’ll just keep running until they quit.” So they ran. And he ran. And they kept on running. So he kept on running. Continue reading


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Human Weakness. God’s Grace. And Forgiveness.


What do you believe is our greatest human weakness?

Is it pride that refuses to admit mistakes, sins and errors of judgment?

Is it greed that is absorbed in the accumulation of money and material possessions?

Is it lust that is in mad pursuit of pleasure and sensual excitement?

Maybe you’re thinking it’s anger.  Envy.  Or deceit.

Let me suggest that is it none of the above.  The greatest human weakness is….. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Praise


This story is “as old as dirt” but I still like it!

A man visited a church one Sunday that was a more formal and  liturgical church than he was used to attending. The church was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. That made it all the more obvious when this fellow got excited during the preacher’s sermon and shouted out “Praise the Lord!” Continue reading


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The Bible

Surrender is a bad word today.

Surrender means losing. Quitting. Failing. It evokes images of a soldier “raising the white flag.” Of a boxer” throwing in the towel.” Or a wrestler “Tapping out.”

Surrender is negative. It is yielding to an opponent. Admitting defeat. Or forfeiting the contest. Continue reading

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“Hang in There:” In Memory of My Dad, Roy C. Weliever


I’ll never forget that day. It was a Thursday. April 21. 1994.

Kent Heaton came to take me to the airport. Dad and I were sitting in the sun room of the nursing home. I turned and said, “Dad, I’ve got to go home now. I’ve got a meeting that starts Sunday in Smyrna, TN. Anything you want to tell Norma and the kids?” Continue reading


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Ingredients for a Tasty Life!


“100 Places To Eat Before You Die” shouted the internet headline! I like to eat, so I read to see what I had been missing! Fortunately, one is right here in Kansas City, Oklahoma Joe’s. It’s bar-b-que. And it’s really good!

I got to thinking how much focus America puts on food. We love to eat! And we love to eat out.   We love our burgers and fries. Steaks and seafood. And chicken fixed a 100 different ways.    Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Perspective on Earth Day


When we lived in Manatee County Florida, the Soil Conservation Department invited the area preachers on a tour of the county every Spring.

Most years I attended. I grew up on a farm and enjoyed seeing the local agriculture. The tour was interesting. Plus at noon they fed us a steak dinner with all the trimmings! Hmm, my mind’s a little foggy now, but maybe the steak dinner was a big draw! Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Know


Men, suppose you are having one of those intense conversations with your wife. There is some area of disagreement. Dissension. Or at least, misunderstanding.   So, she says to you, as she rolls her eyes, in a voice of exasperation, “You‘t don’t even know me!”

What if my wife said that to me, and I responded this way? Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! What’s Good About “Good Friday”?


My calendar says today is “Good Friday.” The NYSE will be closed for “Good Friday.” Many schools will out for “Good Friday.” Christendom celebrates today as “Good Friday.”

Personally, I’ve always thought speaking of the day Jesus was unmercifully crucified on Calvary as “Good Friday” seemed a little strange. Of course, the expression “Good Friday is not used in the Bible. So, what is its origin? Continue reading


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Can You Earn a Place in Heaven?


Country music artist, Alan Jackson, had a #1 hit song back in 2001 entitled “Where I Come From.” The refrain repeats these lyrics:

 I said where I come from

It’s cornbread and chicken

Where I come from a lotta front porch sittin’

Where I come from tryin’ to make a livin’

And workin’ hard to get to heaven

Where I come from Continue reading


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