Perry Greene shared this story in one of his sermons. It was early in 1945. As United States forces pushed deep into Okinawa they came across a village unlike any they had ever seen. Here at Shimabuku they were met and welcomed by two old men who invited the troops in as “fellow Christians.” Continue reading
Monthly Archives: March 2016
Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” But the Bard of Avon was wrong! There’s something in a name.
The name Benedict Arnold stands for treason. But Patrick Henry stands for courage.
A name can be a burden or blessing? Remember Johnny Cash’s song “A boy named Sue”? Continue reading
Every Monday I receive an inspirational quote of the week from Franklin Planner. It’s their way of adding value to their customers, while promoting their products. Yesterday’s quote spoke to me in a special way.
“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” (Richard Hooker) Continue reading
The past two weeks have been a sports paradise for the basketball junkie. The annual NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, known as March Madness, has provided upsets, incredible comebacks, and thrilling, last second shots.
In listening to various color analysts, I noticed that one word is used quite a bit to describe both teams and individual players: Control. Continue reading
Today is a special day for all Christians. It’s Sunday.
As we do every Sunday, we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Our worship today, like last Sunday as well as next Sunday, will center around The Supper. The Lord’s Supper. It is a solemn and serious event when we eat the Lord’s Supper. Paul, in his rebuke of the Corinthians made that quite clear.
Warren Wiersbe suggests four things that will help us in “discerning the Lord’s Body.” Continue reading
Although it may be fictitious, the story is told of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, who pulled a clever, but cruel practical joke on 12 of the best known men in England.
He anonymously wrote a short, unsigned telegram with six simple words: “All is discovered. Flee at once.” Continue reading
Are you a “worry-wart?” A “nervous Nellie?” Or “fearful Fred?”
Some folks worry about everything. Like the 95-year-old woman in the nursing home . A fellow church member came by to visit and asked, “How are you feeling?”
She said, “I’m worried sick!”
“What are you worried about?” her friend inquired. ” You look like you’re in good health. They’re taking good care of you, aren’t they?” Continue reading
There is a story of two Civil War Generals: George A. Custer and Ulysses S. Grant. Both graduated from West Point–Gen. Grant, being the oldest, graduated in the 1840’s and Gen. Custer in 1861. Grant fought in several wars and was a field General in every sense of the word. In 1865, he was the one who forced Robert E. Lee to surrender to the north.
At the surrendering ceremony, Grant wore a mud-splattered uniform of a private, with general shoulder pads sewed on. He was the picture of a man who was a worker and had just finished a job. He said he took no glory in the surrender of a fellow general. Gen. Grant was a humble man and an excellent leader. Continue reading
This week we are in North Texas house hunting. To find the “right” house requires looking at a lot of houses! It takes persistence and perseverance. But that’s definitely not the big news in the lone-star state.
We’re here in Aggie land. And hoops fans are ecstatic about their men’s basketball team. For the non-sports person, here’s what happened over the week-end. Continue reading
The story is told that George Shultz, while Secretary of State during the Reagan presidency, kept a large globe in his office.
When newly appointed ambassadors had an interview with him Shultz would test them by saying, “You have to go over to the globe and prove to me that you can identify your country.” Continue reading