Monthly Archives: May 2017

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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Great Verses of the Bible: Ecclesiastes 2:10-12

Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular singer, song writer of the 20th century whose career spanned six decades. Her signature song was a 1969 hit entitled “Is that all there is?”

The song begins with witnessing her house catching on fire as a little child. As the flames consumed it and she stood watching in her pajamas, she asked, “Is that all there is? Continue reading

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Beware: A Liar is on the Loose

 

We’re all familiar with the Biblical metaphors and descriptions of the devil.

The dragon.

Roaring lion.

Old serpent.

Prince of Darkness.

Your adversary. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Desire

The late Dr. M. Scott Peck was the author of the best-selling book,”The Road Less Traveled.” As a psychiatrist, Dr. Peck spent a great deal of time working with patients in a large psychiatric hospital. He discovered in his practice an almost universal apathy: lack of interest; no desire to ask questions; no desire to seek the new and to grow; “no taste for mystery” as he puts it. Continue reading

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3 Barriers To a Relationship with God

H.G. Wells was never particularly religious, but after he had studied the history of the human race and had observed human life, he came to an interesting conclusion:

“Religion is the first thing and the last thing, and until a man has found God and been found by God, he begins at no beginning, he works to no end. He may have his friendships, his partial loyalties, his scraps of honor. But all these things fall into place and life falls into place only with God.” Continue reading

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