Monthly Archives: March 2018

IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! The Importance of the Cross

Here is our final Friday reblog of this column for March. Never forget, Sunday’s coming!



Some things are just more  important than other things.

This is true in business. Sports. Government.  Our homes.  It is true in life’s tasks.  My Franklin planner teaches priorities.  You list all your tasks for the day and rank them in order of importance.  Then begin with the most important.

It is also true in Christianity.  While everything is important, there are some fundamentals that must rank with greater importance.  James Montgomery Boice expressed it this way. 

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Are We Issuing Citations Or Pointing People To The Savior?

Jerrie Barber tells the story of an unusual parking ticket that was given in south-central Los Angeles several years ago. At 9:46 a.m. an officer wrote up the ticket for an illegally parked Cadillac. There was no question that the car was in violation. The driver did not object to the ticket. In fact, the driver didn’t say a word. He couldn’t. He was dead!

Paramedics said the man had been dead ten to twelve hours when the ticket was given. Continue reading


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Great Verses of the Bible: Luke 13:3

Haddon W. Robinson, the American author, theologian, and professor, once told a great story of a young lady who approached her preacher about the sin of pride.

“Every Sunday I come to church and look around and think to myself that I am the prettiest girl in the church,” she confessed. “I try to stop but I just can’t.”

Then she asked the preacher,” Am I horribly sinful?” Continue reading


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Jesus’ Warning Regarding Greed

Yesterday we enjoyed driving around The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although it was a little cool, we stopped for some short walks on trails. It was a very pleasant and relaxing day.

One thing you soon notice in the park is the various warning signs. There are trail advisories. Warnings against feeding the bears. The danger of biking down steep grades. The probation of climbing rocks in certain areas. There was even a caution to watch for possible snow and ice. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Common

Yesterday was a wonderful day filled with new experiences, making new friends and a foretaste of good things to come in future weeks and months.

Norma Jean and I are spending the week in the Smoky Mountains. We worshiped with and I spoke for two different churches in the area. Sunday morning we met with the brethren in Seymour, Tennessee, and Sunday evening we worshiped with the church on Highway 321 in Cosby. Continue reading


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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Love’s Perfect Expression

Today, we continue for the month of March to reblog select posts highlighting  Jesus’ death on the cross.



George Matheson, born in 1842, was a Scottish minister and hymn writer.  In his teenage years Matheson was diagnosed with a disease that would render him blind by age 20.

However,  he was undeterred by this potential setback.  Determined to get an education, Matheson entered the University of Glasgow and graduated with honors.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

“Often we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that upon closer examination aren’t really that big a deal,” wrote Dr. Richard Carlson in his classic little book entitled Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

Carlson illustrates how we may “focus on little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion. A stranger, for example, might cut in front of us in traffic. Rather than let it go, and go on with our day, we convince ourselves that we are justified in our anger.”

There are so many little things that can divert our attention from the bigger, more important issues of life. Continue reading


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Great Verses of the Bible: Luke 9:62

Leroy “Satchel”  Paige, was a great African-American baseball pitcher who played in the early to mid-1900’s. Paige, who played before blacks were allowed in the major leagues, is credited for paving the way.

Paige was a showman, a legend in his own time and an incredible athlete who defied age. No one ever knew for sure how old he was, it’s believed he was the oldest rookie in the Majors when he signed with the Cleveland Indians at age 42 in 1948.

Famous for his humorous sayings, Paige once quipped, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you!” Continue reading


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The Important Work of Women in Ministry

“It’s not fair,” she objected. “Why can’t women preach? Why can’t they preside in the worship assembly?”

In recent years there has been much discussion about the expanded role of women in ministry. Restrictions regarding their public role based on Scripture have been argued, discussed and debated. Continue reading


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Snatching Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

What a wild, wacky, wonderful weekend of college basketball. The NCAA Men’s Tournament has provided incredible comebacks, thrilling upsets and historic wins in the past four days.

After a 134 losses by a #16 seed to a #1  seed, UMBC stunned and actually stomped by the overall #1 seed Virginia, who was the favorite by many experts to win the championship. Continue reading


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