Monthly Archives: May 2017

Great Verses of the Bible: Romans 8:37

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

One of the greatest conquerors of all time was Octavian, the nephew of Julius Caesar. The Roman senate granted him the title “Augustus,” meaning “exalted.”

During his rule, the Roman empire expanded into Hungary, Croatia and Egypt as well as securing Spain and Gaul. He added more land than Julius Caesar and was worshiped as a god. Continue reading

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A Two Word Answer To All Religious Disagreements

A brilliant theologian was reportedly able to condense the entirety of Scripture into a two-word Facebook comment Tuesday, instantly silencing all critics in the thread and garnering numerous “likes.”

The gifted exegete, going by the name “Kyle Bro” on the social media service, left the comment “Judge not,” followed by an authoritative period, under a friend’s post about sexual immorality in the church—stunning his friends and family with his intellectual clarity and theological acumen. Continue reading

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Memories on Memorial Day

“Memory,” wrote author Kevin Arnold, “is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”

As I sit here in the early morning darkness, sipping a cup of hot coffee, I’m alone with my memories on this Memorial Day. Memory can be a wonderful blessing. It can bring smiles, laughter or even tears of joy as we look at pictures, share stories, or just reflect on the good times of by gone days. Continue reading

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Was Franklin Graham Too Harsh?

In response to the Islamist terrorist attack in Manchester, England, which killed 22 people and wounded 120, evangelical leader Franklin Graham posted a sharply worded warning on his facebook page.

“EVIL LOSERS. President Donald J. Trump was so right when he called the Manchester Islamic terrorists ‘losers.’ The truth is, they’re losers in this world and in the next.” Continue reading

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Walking in the Way of Goodness

Sometime ago USA Today reported a story about two Casper, Wyoming, college students who returned a lost purse to its owner, not knowing the handbag contained her life savings.

Derek Hepner and Adam Simanton spotted the purse lying in the gutter of a street as they drove past it. Stopping to examine the bag, they pulled out a wallet and an Arizona driver’s license and immediately took the purse to thepolice. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Psalm 119:68

George Muller was a 19th century evangelist, missionary and director of orphan homes in Bristol, England. It is estimated that he cared for over 10,000 orphans in his lifetime.

On February 6, 1870, Mueller’s wife, Mary, died of rheumatic fever. Shortly after the funeral, the 64 year old evangelist, preached a “funeral sermon” as he called it.

What text would Muller choose while mourning the death of his beloved wife of 39 years? Continue reading

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Redefining Marriage: Are Three Better than Two?


Adam Lyons says he’s “the luckiest man alive.” Why? Because the Londoner living in Austin, Texas,  shares his life with two girlfriends, Brooke Shedd and Jane Shalakhova who are bi-sexual.

Lyons, the father of Shedd’s, 2 year old , Dante, is now expecting a baby boy with Shalakhova. The May 18th New York Post article extols their relationship called a “throuple.” The three share parenting duties as well as the same bed. They’re quoted as saying “For us, three definitely works better than two.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Esteem

Did you hear about the fellow who walked into First Suburban Church wearing an expensive suit and a baseball cap?

After he sat down, an usher walked up discretely, introduced himself, and said, “Pardon me, but we don’t wear hats in the auditorium during worship.” The well-dressed man nodded — and left the cap in place. Continue reading

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Meet our Newest Grandchild: Fern Legend Thompson

“You never know the love of a grandparent until you become one,” quipped an unknown author.

So true. But Norma Jean and I are learning. And learning quickly. Yesterday, we welcomed our fourth grandchild into our lives and  hearts–Fern Legend Thompson.

Fern is the second child of our daughter, Rachél, and son-in-law, Jared. Two and a half years ago they blessed us with our first grandchild, Roy, who is so excited to be promoted to big brother. Continue reading

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Really Listening or Just Lurking?


“If you are more interested in catching someone in what they say, instead of catching what someone says, congratulations! You are ‘pretending to be righteous’ and are exactly like the Pharisees,” wrote my friend and preaching colleague Perry Hall in a facebook post.

Perry cited a passage from Luke 20:20 that describes the motive of the religious leaders this way. “They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so they could catch him in what he said.” Continue reading

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