Monthly Archives: June 2016

We Need to Quit Judging Others Based on Appearance

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Everyone matters.

“Everyone Matters” is a global campaign to promote “compassion, self-acceptance, acceptance of others, and empowerment” for people everywhere. Their goal is noble. And the concept is definitely Biblical.

On their facebook page I came across the story of Emelie Crecco. This incident happened to her three years ago. The perky, pretty young 20 year old wheeled into a handicap space in a shopping centered parking lot.  Jumped out of her car. And headed to the store.

When she returned she found this note. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Philippians 2:3

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Bill Crowder tells a story about two salesman who were returning from a business trip. As they traveled they discussed the contacts they made and evaluated the success of the trip.

One man said he thought the trip had been worthwhile because they had developed some meaningful relationships. Continue reading

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Navigating Obstacles on Life’s Journey

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Yesterday was our first road trip since moving to the Lone Star state three weeks ago. And what a trip is was!

We left our home in Corinth, north of Dallas, about 9:15 on what should have been about a 5 hour drive with time to stop for lunch. We arrived 8 hours later.

The 30 mile obstacle course through Dallas, called I-35, is proving to be a daily adventure. Constant construction. Narrow lanes. Closed exits. Sudden stops. Rough pavement. Difficult to read signs. And, of course, always a crazy driver weaving in and out of traffic. These are to be expected as par for the course. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Religion

Several colorful arrow street signs with the names of five major world religions - Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism

 The Orlando nightclub shooting over the weekend that claimed at least 50 lives and injured over 50 more is a chilling reminder of a quote by the French philosopher Blaise Pascal.

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

By numerous news accounts the gunman, Omar Matten, was heard shouting “Allah Akbar” while engaging law enforcement officers. Mateen also called 911 during the shooting to pledge allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Fox News reported. Continue reading

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Rasing the Level of Public Discourse

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The political pundits have more than adequately documented the nastiness during the Primaries of this year’s Presidential campaign. And some predict it will wax worse as we pivot toward the general election.

Over the past several years, we have witnessed a decline in civility and increasing coarseness in society. Vulgar expressions, barnyard humor, and pejorative terms have become the rule instead of the exception. But the guilt is not reserved for our politicians. Continue reading

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Be The Gender You Were Born

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Recently my friend and fellow preacher, Ken Green, posted a letter on facebook from the Nashville Tennessean. It was submitted by Dale Spears from Cookville. It’s filled with a lot of common sense.

It has come to my attention that there are a number of people who do not seem to know if they are male or female. They are gender confused. Here are some practical ways to do away with their confusion. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Psalm 46:1

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“My son, Micah died in 2012 from kidney disease and complications,” wrote Minnesota minister Michael Sechler. Obviously, as it would be for any parent, it was a devastating experience.

Michael captured both his feelings and his faith as he wrote these words in his journal. Continue reading

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Two Essential Qualities For Overcoming Obstacles

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I recently came across these inspirational words from an unknown poet. They identify two great qualities Christians need in dealing with life’s challenges and overcoming obstacles.

It takes strength to be firm.
It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to stand guard.
It takes courage to let down your guard. Continue reading

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Thoughts On Our First Week in Texas

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It’s actually been 12 days since Allied Van Lines arrived to unload all of our stuff at our new home in Corinth, Texas, 35 miles North of Dallas. It seemed like even more stuff than I remember packing! But I haven’t seen anything yet that wasn’t ours.

As you can imagine we have been busy unpacking. Moving furniture around. Finding the closest grocery store. Unpacking. Learning our way around Denton county. Unpacking. Pausing for much needed coffee breaks. Meeting new neighbors. Unpacking. Taking time for midweek Bible study. Attending graduation parties. Searching for the best burger in Denton county. Traversing the traffic and construction on I-35. Worshiping with the saints on Sunday. And delivering my first sermon as the new preacher at the West Main Church in Lewisville. And of course, unpacking!

As I reflect on the move, allow me use my blog today for some personal observations of the first few days. Continue reading

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How To Let Go of Resentment

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While unpacking my office this quote fell out of a folder. There is no source named. Or author attributed. But it spoke to me in powerful way.

“Forgiveness is when you let go of resentment. We resent now. But when you carry resentment inside, it tears away at you. You become sick. You become a victim all over again. It can keep you from sleeping, eating, and thinking straight. It can keep you from going forward. One day we won’t resent anymore.” Continue reading

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