Recently Norma Jean and I were in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where Don Patton preaches. His wife, Zynda, gave us a brief “tour” of his in home museum of archaeological discoveries in his journeys to Biblical lands.
Looking at the various rocks, fossils and artifacts that are 2000-4000 years old is fascinating. They each have a story to tell. A record to relate. And a testimony to the accuracy of Scripture.
What if those rocks could literally talk! What an incredible chronicle of history that would be! However, I am reminded of a time when Jesus advanced this idea, if not in reality, at least in hyperbole. Continue reading
I love the 1950’s story that comes out of a small, southern Mississippi town of a 13 yr old boy who walked into the drug store and asked to use the telephone.
The druggist handed him the phone. And he heard the boy say, “Is this you, Dr. Anderson?”
“Well I was wondering if you would like to hire a boy to mow your lawn and run errands?
“Oh you already have a boy?”
“Does he do a good job? He does?”
“So, you’re satisfied with him? You are. Ok, thank you.”
He hung up the phone. Thanked the druggist and started to walk out. When the druggist stopped him. “Son I believe I could use an ambitious boy like yourself to work for me.” Continue reading
Thomas Turner writes in Relevant Magazine that Jeremiah 29:11 is “possibly one of our most beloved, yet most misunderstood verses in the entire Bible.”
BibleGateway.com lists it as the second most accessed and read verse on their website, just behind John 3:16!
This verse is popular in various books about your purpose in life, the purpose of the church, and God’s purpose for your marriage and family.
Jeremiah 29:11 even has its own facebook page!
So what does it say? Why is it misunderstood? And what is it’s meaning? Continue reading
Richard and Robert were brothers and neither had ever married. Richard lived with their 88-year-old mother. Robert’s whole life was Annabelle his cat. He never went anywhere without her.
One day Robert was faced with a tough decision. He had to go to London, England on business for his company and he couldn’t take the cat. He didn’t want to leave her at a kennel. Finally he decided to trust his brother with the cat while he was away. He gave Richard detailed instructions, schedules, food. Everything he needed to care for Annabelle. Robert flew to London and called Richard every day to make sure Annabelle was OK. Continue reading
Sir Walter Raleigh, the English aristocrat, was a writer, poet, soldier, politician, spy and explorer. His life was filled with adventure, intrigue, fortune and controversy.
In 1603 he was arrested and charged with treason in a plot to assassinate King James of England. On October 29, 1618, Raleigh was taken to the Old Place Yard at the Palace of Westminster where he was beheaded. When he was led to the block, his executioner asked him if his head lay right. Continue reading
Who was responsible for crucifying Christ?
That question has been debated by theologians, historians, preachers and Christians throughout the ages. Some may think the question is irrelevant after 2000 years. “What difference does it make,” they opine?
However, the issue of Christ’s crucifixion may have greater implications to us today than we initially realized. Continue reading
I’m wondering if the day is going to come in America when I will be arrested and imprisoned for preaching the gospel? Could I be put in jail for not performing a wedding ceremony? Or could I be fined and even incarcerated for publishing this blog?
You say, “That could never happen in America!”
Think not? Then consider the recent case of Donald and Evelyn Knapp. Continue reading
Paul Fritz calls them “the triad of Christian virtues.” R. Davies wrote, “These three graces form the essential elements of the Christian character. An unknown author referred to them as the “the holy and beautiful sisterhood of Christians virtues.”
And what are they? Continue reading
“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise,” once wrote British anthropologist and author Ashley Montagu. “It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”
Well, our family recently enjoyed one of those moments that seriously seized us! It was a happy surprise that I would like to share with our readers. Continue reading
This week Norma Jean and I are in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where I’m holding a meeting. The theme of the meeting is “Mobilizing for Ministry.” I believe it is a needed study among Christians today.
So, our word of the week is “ministry.” Continue reading