Monthly Archives: October 2016

Word of the Week: Walk

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A mother asked her 5-year-old son, Jason, what he studied in Bible class that day.

“ A man named Enoch,” replied Jason.

“What did you learn about Enoch?” His mom asked.

“He walked with God,” Jason answered. Then he added, “And the teacher said he didn’t ever die.”

“What do you think that means?” his mother probed. Continue reading

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Hope When It Seems Hopeless

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Joseph Bayly, in his book The View From A Hearse, tells of what he said to offer hope to a woman whose small son was dying.

“It’s good to know, isn’t it,” I spoke slowly, choosing my words with unusual care, “that even though the medical outlook is hopeless, we can have hope for our children in such a situation. We can be sure that after our child dies, he’ll be completely removed from sickness and suffering and everything like that, and be completely well and happy.” Continue reading

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Let Your Speech Be Gracious

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Bob and Richard were brothers. Neither had married. Richard lived with their 88-year-old mother. Bob’s whole life was Annabelle his cat. He never went anywhere without her.

One day he was faced with a tough decision. He had to go to London, England, on business for his company and he couldn’t take Annabelle. He didn’t want to leave her at a kennel. Finally he decided to trust his brother with the cat while he was away. He gave Richard detailed instructions, schedules, and food. Everything he needed to care for Annabelle. Bob flew to London and called Richard every day to make sure Annabelle was okay. Continue reading

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GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE: Psalm 34:19

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“And they lived happily ever after.”

We recognize the above phrase as the epitome of a fairy tale’s standard ending. Or the predictable plot line in a romantic Hallmark movie. Yet, we instinctively know that not everything in this life is fair. Equitable. Just. And certainly not filled with happiness.

Life is filled with dangers, disappointments and discouragements. We experience hurt, heartache and unhappiness. Sooner or later we all must deal with physical ailments, emotional stress and even the grief caused by death. Continue reading

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Life and Death Decisions

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While in Tennessee the past few days, we noticed a reoccurring message on electronic signs over the Interstate highways.

YOUR DECISIONS

DRIVE

YOUR SAFETY. Continue reading

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WORD OF THE WEEK: RESPECT

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Brad Johnson  tells about a soloist performing a song that Christian artist Sandi Patti made popular several years ago entitled “In Heaven’s Eyes.”    The audience was  enraptured as he sang:

A fervent prayer rose up to heaven

A fragile soul is losing ground

Sorting through the earthly babel

Heaven heard the sound

This was a life of no distinction

No successes, only tries

Yet gazing down on this unlovely one

There was love in heaven’s eyes Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Relationships

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Today finds Norma Jean and me in Fayetteville, Tennessee, where I’m preaching in a meeting this week. It will be my first time to be with this church. And we’re looking forward to meeting the brethren, making new friends and worshiping together. Continue reading

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What Do You Value?

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Yesterday Norma Jean and I had a rather unsettling experience at Dallas Love Field on the way to Nashville. While waiting in line to go through security I looked at her and said, “Where’s the camera case?”

“I thought you had it,” she replied. “I put it on the seat by you in the shuttle.”

“No, I don’t have it. I thought you had it.” Continue reading

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Why Did God’s Justice Demand That Jesus Die?

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After a tiring two-week criminal trial in a high profile bank robbery case, the jury finally ended its 14 hours of deliberations and entered the courtroom to deliver its verdict to the judge. The judge turned to the jury foreman and asked, “Has the jury reached a verdict in this case?”

“Yes we have, your honor,” the foreman responded. Continue reading

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GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE: Proverbs 22:6

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A young father was pushing a shopping cart in a grocery store while trying to contain a screaming, thrashing baby boy.

Very softy he kept repeating encouraging words like “Calm down, Brian.” “Don’t yell, Brian.” “Don’t get excited, Brian.” “It’s going to be ok, Brian.”

A woman observing the father’s calm demeanor offered her approval. “You are certainly to be commended, young man, for being so patient and trying to soothe little Brian.” Continue reading

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