Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sunday Seed Thoughts: Your Tone

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My wife, Norma Jean, was going through some folders the other day and found this poem, The Tone of Voice. She shared it with me and said that she needed it every day. I think that was a nice way to remind me that I need it more than she does.

It’s good advice from my favorite author, anonymous. I thought our readers would like it. Continue reading

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7 Suggestions For Building Better Relationships

Relationships

While yesterday’s post on the passing of Harry Pickup Jr. didn’t quite “go viral,” it did receive the most single day views of any new post in over a year.

The post was shared several hundred times on facebook, received many comments and compliments, but most of all engendered numerous stories and observations that people shared about our beloved brother.

One of the best was posted by my friend John Shirley. “After generations of misapplication, “larger than life” is a pretty tread-bare description. But I think it applies to Harry.”

John then relates this memory. Continue reading

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Personal Reflections on the Passing of Harry Pickup, Jr.

Pickup HarryC. R. Nichol was one of the great preachers, teachers and religious writers of the late 19th and early 20th century.   He was known, not only for his scholarly work, but for his wisdom and quick wit.

One morning, while taking a walk, a friend cheerily greeted him, “Good morning, Bro. Nichol, I see that you’re still in the land of the living.”

Without missing a beat, he quickly quipped as he walk on, “No. I’m in the land of the dying. But I hope one day to go to the land of the living.” Continue reading

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GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE: Matthew 5:13

Salt of the earth

 

How valuable is salt?

While there is some conflicting medical opinions, it is generally understood that some salt is necessary for life.

Terry Dasher writes, “40 million tons are required each year to fill our needs. Homer called it divine. Plato called it a “substance dear to the gods.” Shakespeare mentioned salt 17 times in his plays.”

” Perhaps Leonardo da Vinci wanted to send a subtle message about purity lost when he painted The last Supper. In that painting an overturned salt-cellar is conspicuously placed before Judas.” Continue reading

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Caring Enough to Lift the Fallen

Runner Helping

Melvin Newland tells a touching story that comes out of the Special Olympics several years ago.

Enthusiasm and excitement filled the air as these special needs children enjoyed athletic competition but also the camaraderie of being with each other. One event was the 220 yard dash. The contestants lined up, and at the signal they began running as fast as they could. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Gentleness

Gentleness

J. Upton Dickson, who brands himself as a Christian humorist, joked after writing a pamphlet called “Cower Power,” that he was thinking about founding a society called D.O.O.R.M.A.T.S.

It is an acronym for “Dependent Order of Really Meek and Timid Souls.” Their logo would be a yellow caution light. And their motto would be “The meek shall inherit the earth…if that’s okay with everybody.” Of course, Upton quipped, the society didn’t last very long when someone objected! Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: What Drives You?

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Everyone is driven by something.

Is it a problem? Pressure? Or an urgent deadline? There are so many things in life that drive who we are, what we do and how we act or react.

Some people are driven by guilt. They live in regret of a mistake ridden past. Continue reading

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