“I feel that God’s is leading me in this direction.”
“I don’t believe that God will condemn that.”
“I know God has led me here.”
“I feel God wants this for my life.”
“I know God wants me to be happy.”
All of these statements have one thing in common. Continue reading
Annie Johnson Flint, born in 1866, is well-known in Christian circles as a poet and songwriter. She composed over 6,000 poems and hymns. However, her life was far from one of ease.
Annie was an orphan. Her foster parents both passed away early in her life. She cared for a sister who was very frail. As a result, she was compelled to be dependent on the assistance of others. She lived with crippling arthritis. She was stricken with cancer. Yet the faith of Annie Flint Johnson was strong, as many of her hymns testify.
Consider the powerful message of this hymn that may be less familiar to us. Continue reading
This week Norma Jean and I are in the Dayton, Ohio, area, where I’m holding a meeting for the Kettering Church. We lived here and worked with this fine congregation back in the mid-1970’s. It’s a pleasure to return and see the wonderful work in which they are engaged.
Our theme is “Pressing toward the Prize.” The point of the meeting and the thesis of the lessons can be summed up in our word of the week. Forward.
Writing from a Roman prison, the aged apostle Paul, toward the end of his life, wrote these challenging words. Continue reading
This morning I’m reblogging a post from 6 years ago that was a part of a weekly column we wrote for 2 years. Hope it helps you. Enjoy!
The Psalmist prophesied it. Jesus predicted it would happen. Within hours. Peter emphatically denied it could ever occur. And so nodded all the disciples in agreement. They would never do that! Do what?
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My childhood growing up in rural, central Indiana in the 1950’s was simple, uncomplicated, and shielded from international tensions, racial injustice, or moral perversity.
There was no ESPN, FOX News, or CNN. And of course, no internet, iPhones, or computers to provide instant access to worldwide information. What I watched on our little back and white TV was limited to three channels. Shows like Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, Leave it to Beaver, The Long Ranger, The Little Rascals, Superman and Mickey Mouse Club were shows that taught fundamental moral lessons. And these standards of right and wrong were basically supported by the News Media, Schools and of course, churches. Continue reading
Yesterday was a wonderful day even though it was rainy and cloudy in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
At the invitation of Andy Mitchell, I accompanied him and his friend and new convert, Keith, to the Carolina Preachers Study in Ashville. My friend Joe Greer and his son-in-law, Ben Walker organized the study with over 20 preachers attending. The theme was based on the book of Jeremiah.
It was a time of pleasant association and edifying study. We were encouraged on several levels to learn personal lessons of persistence, dedication, and determination from this great prophet of God. Continue reading
We are now four months into this new chapter of our lives combining travel with ministry and preaching opportunities. We have been to 16 states and 8 countries.
I have been blessed to preach 43 times and teach 18 classes. Currently, we are enjoying the Blue Ridge Mountains as we travel to Kettering, Ohio, for a gospel meeting. Following that, we’re headed to the Smoky Mountains and I will preach in Cosby, Tennessee, on October 21.
In November we will return to Florida and spend the month in Pinellas County and are scheduled to speak for the Henderson Boulevard church on the 4th and then speak one Sunday at the Skyview Church. Continue reading
In his excellent book “Renewing Your Spiritual Passion,”Gordon MacDonald makes this observation about passion. “It is hard to measure and difficult to pin down. But you know when you have it, and you are quite aware when you don’t.”
MacDonald continues, “One feels passion; it seizes you! Passion stimulates human performance: superior or excellent performance, strange or bizarre performance, compassionate or sacrificial performance.” Continue reading
In a recent interview with CBN News, Dr James Dobson issued this warning, “May we be careful with the way we speak and think and talk against those who are opposed to everything we believe. You have to maintain a spirit of charity and love, and God will bless us if we do.
Dobson’s words ring particularly true this morning as I read from James 3 this sobering admonition. “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” Continue reading
On this date in history, October 4, 1537, the first complete English-language Bible was printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
Inspired by a copy of Martin Luther’s German Bible, Tyndale began translating the New Testament into English about 1522 using the Greek text compiled by Erasmus, which was older than the Latin Vulgate.
When Tyndale’s intention was made known to the Bishop of London, he was officially denied permission, so under the threat of being labeled a heretic, he was forced to flee England, but persisted in his efforts. Continue reading