Vernon Price tells the story about a young lady who lived a sordid, and sinful life. Drugs, alcohol and sexual immorality characterized her lifestyle.
However, one night in a church service, she was convicted of her sins and responded to the Lord’s invitation. As she grew as a Christian she became involved in ministry and teaching children’s Bible classes.
At some point, she caught the eye and the heart of the preacher’s son. As the relationship grew, they made plans to be married. That’s when some problems from her past surfaced. Continue reading
The other day one of our regular readers, my friend, and preaching colleague, David Tant, sent me the picture shown above of a church sign in Marble Falls, Texas.
“No Rules, Just Jesus” the sign opines.
Through the years I’ve seen and heard this idea expressed in various ways.
“You don’t have to follow rules to follow Jesus” advertises one church. Continue reading
I recently read a story about a Christian who was visiting with a preacher from Ethiopia. He knew the preacher lived in horrible poverty. So, he made the mistake of showing what he thought was some sympathy for his situation.
“Brother, I want you to know we are praying for you in your poverty,” the man said.
Very humbly the preacher responded, “No. You don’t understand. We are praying for you in your prosperity.” Continue reading
This past Sunday I spoke twice for the brethren at the Northeast Church of Christ in Clearwater, Florida. My topic for the Sunday Worship service was “Make the Most of Your Opportunities.”
The basis for the lesson is found in Ephesians 5:15-16. “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
Here’s the “Cliffs Notes” version of that lesson. Continue reading
I can remember as a child my mother scolding me for something I did in public that was improper by saying “There is a time and a place for everything. And this isn’t the time or the place.”
When we became parents, we taught our children the same value. Now they are working to pass that on to their children. Of course, it’s a never-ending job when kids are small to help them understand what is proper in private is not necessarily proper in public.
Our word of the week, propriety, sounds old-fashioned and outdated, but it is a much-needed virtue today. Continue reading
I wanted to take a moment as I began the day to wish each of our readers a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
I am so thankful for each of you who follow this little blog on a regular basis. Thanks for your loyal readership. Thanks for sharing it with others And thanks to those who take the time to comment, ask questions or offer suggestions. I appreciate it.
We’re taking the rest of the week to enjoy the holiday with our children and grandchildren. But I wanted to share one of my favorite Thanksgiving poems by an unknown author entitled. “Thank You, God, for a Hundred Things.” Hope you enjoy it. Have a great day. Continue reading
Joel Gregory tells the story of a family seated around their table one Thanksgiving Day looking at the annual holiday bird.
From the oldest to the youngest, they were to express their praise. When they came to the 5-year-old in the family, he began by looking at the turkey and expressing his thanks to the turkey, saying although he had not tasted it he knew it would be good.
After that rather novel expression of thanksgiving, he began with a more predictable line of credits, thanking his mother for cooking the turkey and his father for buying the turkey. But then he went beyond that. He joined together a whole hidden multitude of benefactors, linking them with cause and effect. Continue reading
Yesterday on facebook my friend and preaching colleague, Wilson Adams, posted a prayer request for the Bulgarian brethren.
Demetra Dimitrova from Sofia, Bulgaria, sent Wilson “an urgent note asking prayers for her country.” Apparently “a controversial new law is before the Bulgarian Parliament that could keep minority faiths from freely worshiping, teaching, and evangelizing.” Continue reading
There is a Chinese legend about a group of elderly, cultured gentlemen who met often to exchange wisdom and drink tea. Each host tried to find the finest and most costly varieties, to create exotic blends that would arouse the admiration of his guests.
One day when the most venerable and respected of the group entertained, he served his tea with unprecedented ceremony, measuring the leaves from a golden box. The assembled epicures praised this exquisite tea. Continue reading
“Modern Day ‘Good Samaritans Make A Difference” was the title to a post last December on ThePreachersWord.
It was a heartwarming story about a homeless Marine veteran, Johnny Bobbitt who used his last $20 to help a stranded woman, Katelyn McClure, buy gas. As a result, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, set up a GoFundMe page to help Bobbitt, which garnered over $400,000 in donations.
Sadly, we learned yesterday that the whole thing was a scam. Continue reading