Jimmy Chapman tells a story about a preacher going for a meeting and staying in the house of a widow. He and his wife arrived late on Saturday before he was to preach on Sunday. Graciously, the lady had given up her master bedroom for her guests.
The next morning when the preacher awoke, he opened the curtains to a beautiful scene–gentle rolling hills in the distance and a beautiful green pasture in the valley below. Then he noticed these words in the corner of the window pane with a child-like writing scratched in the glass: “This is the day.” Continue reading
“What have we come to?” asks Dee Bowman in his June column from Pressing On Magazine.
To cite his concerns, Dee shares the following examples from our sin-sick society.
- I saw a commercial that advertises a place that has “just the right amount of wrong.” What have we come to? Continue reading
“Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts, not amid joy” wrote the 19th century British poet Felecia Hemans.
One of the challenges of our 21st century culture is immediate gratification. We are an impatient people. We want what we want. And we want it now! Qualities of forbearance, perseverance and patience are not often lauded as desirable. Instead we seek pleasure. Possessions. And personal satisfaction. However, our true strength is not found in these fleeting fancies. Continue reading
During the past month since moving to Denton County, Texas, we’ve met a lot of new people. Especially those in our church family at West Main in Lewisville. As you to get to know people, and build relationships, one of the first questions often asked is “Where do you work?” Sometimes we simply ask, “What do you do?” And it is understood that you asking about their job, profession or business.
We are interested in what people do for a living. Occupations tell us a lot about a person. Their background. Education. Experiences. Whether intended or not, the answer often indicates one’s social-economic standing. Continue reading
Sunday night, following the Cleveland Cavaliers improbable come back to win the NBA championship after being down 3-1, they revealed their secret motivation.
For the past 8 weeks this secret weapon had been concealed in a container they carried from game to game and kept in their locker room. It was a four-foot puzzle that formed the image of the Larry O’Brien championship Trophy. Continue reading
File this under “I didn’t know that.”
“Every second, the world conducts more than 40,000 Google searches, creates 5 new facebook profiles, and opens YouVersion’s Bible App 112 times.”
I learned this when, as one the 40,000, I Googled “most popular verses in the Bible.” Since I write on a special verse each Wednesday, I was curious what the average internet user considered an important passage. Continue reading
Sunday night something happened in the NBA playoffs that has never happened before in its illustrious 70 year history.
The Cleveland Cavilers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the title. In doing so they beat the reigning champion Golden State Warriors who had posted the best record in the history of the league, 73-9.
When the Cavs were down 3-1, ESPN only gave them an 8% chance of winning the title. Golden State was only 1 win away with a 92% of securing the championship. Yet, led by super star, LaBron James, the Cavs beat the odds and achieved something everyone thought impossible. Continue reading
“Where’s Miles?” I asked Norma Jean.
“Oh, he’s sitting on the stairs,” she replied.
I went to see and he was not there. As I went up the stairs, Miles was coming down the stairs, out of the family room, grinning and carry a dartboard.” Thankfully, he wasn’t throwing any darts. Continue reading
It has now been one week since Muslim extremist, Ormar Mateen, unleashed an assault on the Orlando nightclub , Pulse, billed as “a gay bar and dance club.” 49 men and women were murdered and over 50 injured.
It is well documented that Mateen shouted Allah Akbar” and even called 911 during the shooting to pledge allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
It is also well-known that under Sharia law Muslims go beyond condemning homosexuality. They believe homosexuals must be punished by death. Continue reading