Monthly Archives: March 2017

How To Overcome Guilt

 

Yesterday I received a recorded phone call with a very serious message. I was told the IRS had a warrant for my arrest. Then I was instructed to stay on the line to talk to an agent and receive instructions of what to do.

I laughed. And hung up. I knew it was a scam. But I thought some of my facebook friends would enjoy hearing about it. Predictably it elicited some funny responses and wonderful advice. Continue reading

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Submit To One Another

Several years ago at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, Jack Lipton, a psychologist at Union College, and R. Scott Builione, a graduate student at Columbia University, presented their findings on how members of the various sections of 11 major symphony orchestras perceived each other. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Mark 8:36

Malcolm Forbes, who died in 1990, was one of the wealthiest people to have lived in our time.  Forbes enjoyed all the symbols of status that one can achieve in this life. Prosperity. Possessions. Power. Privilege. And a pleasurable lifestyle that comes with it.

In his book, The Man Who Had Everything, Christopher Winans relates a motorcycle tour that Forbes took through Egypt in 1984. After viewing the tomb of King Tut, Forbes seemed in a reflective mood. Continue reading

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Is The Bible “Anti-Gay”?

 

Pop star, Katheryn Hudson, better known by her stage name, Katy Perry, recently mocked Christianity, the Bible, and her religious upbringing as she received an award from the Human Rights Campaign, a prominent homosexual advocacy organization.

Perry, whose father, Keith Hudson, is an evangelical preacher, referred to her 2008 hit song, “I Kissed a Girl,” and bragged, “I did more than that,” as the crowed roared with cheers and applause. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Endeavor

“I believe that endeavor is one of the most beautiful words in the English language,” wrote Gary Henry in his Daybook Series, More Enthusiastic Ideas.

Gary further opined, “Living in a world that, despite its goodness, is tragically broken and where many of our desires and goals seem frustratingly out of reach, the fact that we continue to endeavor speaks volumes about the nobility of the human spirit. In the face of such discouragement, lesser creatures would give up. But we do not. We persevere. We stay the course. We endeavor.” Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Worshiping in Branson

Today Norma Jean and I are worshiping in Branson at the Eagle Rock Church. We’ve visited before. But it’s my first opportunity to preach here.

While I don’t know these brethren, except for their preacher Philip North, looking at their website tells me that we will feel right at home Continue reading

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Changing Times. Shifting Values.

 
Several years ago Newsweek magazine had two words sprawled across the cover that asked, WHOSE VALUES? That’s a good question for any generation.

One young lady, Shelia, who was interviewed for Dr. Robert Bellah’s book, Habits of the Heart, said, “I believe in God. I just can’t remember the last time I went to church. But my faith has carried me a long way. It’s ‘sheilaism. ’ Just my own little voice.’” Continue reading

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The Cost of Being a Christian

 

“Americans Will Now Lose Social Capital If They Hang Around Evangelicals”

The above was a recent headline from TheChristianPost.com. It was based on interviews with various Reformed theologians including R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President, Al Mohler.

They were asked how they believed mainstream American culture was compelling the “mushy middle” of out the church. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: 2Timothy 2:15

A Spokane man, John Underhill, was painting the home of an 89 year-old woman when he noticed a large family Bible prominently displayed on the coffee table. She proudly pointed out that it was 116 years old and a priceless heirloom.

John commented on how remarkable that was, then added, “It doesn’t matter how old the Bible might be, what’s on the inside is what matters.” Continue reading

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Three Words That Save Lives

I recently came across a post by Bryan Hodge describing the work of a young Hungarian-born physician, Ignaz Semmelweis.

The 19th century doctor was working in Vienna, Austria, in 1847 and implemented an unpopular policy that proved to save many lives. Three years later Semmelweis, an obstetrician, stepped up to the podium of the Vienna Society’s Lecture Hall where some of the greatest discoveries in medicine were announced.

That evening, May 15, 1850, would be no different. What had Semmelweis discovered that would surprisingly go unheeded for several more decades? His life saving advice to this august company of Physicians was summed up in three words. Continue reading

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