This may sound strange to some folks, but other preachers understand this. One of the joys of a vacation from the pulpit is listening to other Bible teachers and being spiritually encouraged, edified and energized. Last Sunday was one of those occasions at the Henderson Boulevard Church in Tampa, Florida.
In addition to the Communion Eulogy and a wonderful sermon by Ralph Walker was the Bible class taught by Paul Grieving. The study was from the book of 1st Peter dealing with relationships in chapter 3 with an emphasis on verse 8. Continue reading
Several years ago a movie was released, The Guardian, that spoke to the masculine heart in a unique way. It’s the story of Jake Fischer, staring Ashton Kutcher, a high-school swim champ who enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard’s “A” School. His instructor is legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) who teaches him some hard lessons about self-sacrifice.
There’s a scene at the beginning in which Ben is briefing the new recruits and proudly reminds them of their high and noble calling. Continue reading
“Pope Francis Canonizes Controversial Saint Serra” read a CNN headline.
Last Wednesday more than 20,000 people converged on a Washington basilica to witness the canonization of Junipero Serra by Pope Francis on his first trip to America. This was hailed as historical since Serra is the first to be canonized on US soil.
However, some Native Americans are objecting because they contend that Serra’s achievements are nothing to celebrate. They say he created a military-backed mission system that thrived on brutality and resulted in tens of thousands of deaths.
I object, too, but for other reasons. Continue reading
We’ve all experienced it. The roller coaster of emotions. The highs and lows of life. Exhilaration to exhaustion. Excitement to Discouragement. Hope to despair.
Life is a mixture of good and bad. Sunshine and rain. Pay raises. But unexpected bills. The birth of baby. The death of a grandmother. A joyful wedding. A bitter divorce. Health and sickness.
But think of the incredible range of emotions the disciples of Christ experienced in just three days? Continue reading
Yesterday the Yankee Legend Yogi Berra died. Several months ago ThePreachersWord ran a post with some of his famous quotes. We’re reblogging it for those who may have missed it. And if you saw it, I’m sure you’d enjoy reading it again. It will put a smile on your face.
Former Yankee great and baseball Hall of Famer, Yogi Berra, turned 90 on Tuesday. Berra was known, not only for his All Star career, but his “Yogi-isms,” funny quips about life and baseball.
His family, friends, and fans gathered to celebrate his remarkable life and career, and to recall some of his famous “Yogi-isms”
Several years ago, Sports Broadcaster, Brent Musburger, told a story that one Fall day Yogi was burning leaves in his yard. Suddenly the wind picked up, and it was getting harder to get the fire line under control. The flames got a bit more aggressive and headed toward a storage shed on the property. So he ran in to call the fire department for help.
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In Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, Chuck Swindoll poses this scenario.
Imagine, if you will, that you work for a company whose president found it necessary to travel out of the country and spend an extended period of time abroad. So he says to you and the other trusted employees, “Look, I’m going to leave. And while I’m gone, I want you to pay close attention to the business. You manage things while I’m away. I will write you regularly. When I do, I will instruct you in what you should do from now until I return from this trip.” Everyone agrees. Continue reading
Pope Francis is coming to America. He will arrive this afternoon at Joint Base Andrews. Wednesday there will be a welcoming ceremony at the White House where he will meet with President Obama. Thursday he will speak to a joint session of Congress. And Friday he will address the United Nations general assembly in New York.
There is much speculation on what issues the Pope will address. Stephen Moore, a Catholic Consultant to the Conservative Freedom Works Organization offers these suggestions. Continue reading
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation,” wrote the Greek philosopher Aristotle. ” We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Whether you agree with Aristotle or not, this quote reminds us that the ancient Greeks used the word virtue differently than we do today in the English language. Continue reading
Randy Aly tells a story about a native from a remote mountain village who had the opportunity to visit a large modern city for the first time. He was amazed at the electric lights which he saw everywhere. So he bought a sack full of electric light bulbs and sockets with switches so he could turn them off and on.
Arriving home he hung the light bulbs in front of his home and on his and his neighbor’s trees. Everyone watched him with curiosity and asked him what he was doing, but he just smiled and said, “Just wait until dark–you’ll see.” Continue reading
“Let’s get something straight,” columnist Cal Thomas recently wrote, “America has never been a ‘Christian nation.’”
While that statement may be shocking to some, it’s true. For those who disagree Thomas asks, “What part of our history was uniquely Christian? Was it when slavery was legal? How about when women were denied the vote? The Gilded Age? The Roaring ’20s?” Continue reading