Monthly Archives: January 2017

Life Is All About Change

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Love him or loathe him, but one thing is for sure, President Donald Trump has really brought change to Washington in just 10 days!

His demeanor, personality, approach, retorts, and of course, constant tweeting is change from every past President. Some like it. Others hate it so much their responses border on the irrational. Already there is a web site, ironically called change.org, demanding for the impeachment of President Trump. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Enthusiasm

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Years ago I read a book by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale entitled Enthusiasm Makes the Difference. In it Peale presents the thesis that while life is full of disappointments, discouragements and challenges, the one ingredient that can make the difference between success and failure is enthusiasm. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Love Listens

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This morning I’m preaching on “Love is Kind” from 1Corinthians 13:4. Here’s a touching story from that lesson about Joseph Bayly. Three of his seven children died at young ages. So he was intimately acquainted with the pain of death and was all too familiar with what he once called the enemy’s “grim violence.”

From Bayly’s book, A View from the Hearse, he shares this emotional encounter following the burial of one of his sons. Continue reading

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Ignorance in Action

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I opened my Franklin planner is this morning to this quote of the day by the 18th century German novelist and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.”

I don’t know the context in which Goethe made this statement. I’m guessing from the social, political or philosophical viewpoint. Whatever the case, many of our problems exist when we blindly move forward without the proper facts or knowledge about what we are doing. Continue reading

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What Is Your Position In Life?

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We may sometimes feel like the story Mark Smith told about his son in a Reader’s Digest article.

“Like many high school seniors, my son was filling out college-scholarship applications. One form asked for extracurricular activities.

He answered: “wrestling.”

The next question requested “positions held.” Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Romans 12:9

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Romans 12 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I like it because it’s simple, direct, and relevant. It speaks to the essence of my Christian life. It reminds me, as Warren Wiersbe put it, that “doctrine and duty always go together.”

Each verse powerfully presents practical exhortations that, when applied, will make my life better. My relationships stronger. And my Christianity visible to others who witness my daily walk. Continue reading

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Why The “Black Letters” Are Just As Important As The “Red Letters”

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Local man Brian Reed was startled Monday to learn from an internet search that the black letters in his Bible are every bit as authoritative as the red letters.

“I (thought sure) the words of Jesus were, like, extra inspired,” he explained to sources. “Except for Revelation 2 and 3. He sounds a little peeved there.”

“(Wow), I even returned a Bible to Family Christian one time after realizing there were no red letters in it. I totally thought it was defective.” Continue reading

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