My childhood years in the 1950’s were a time of innocence and isolation from so many evils in the world we see today on a regular basis.
Saturday mornings were usually filled with watching cartoons like The Woody Woodpecker show, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse and Yogi Bear. Parents didn’t have too worry about what we were watching. The cartoons were harmless fun.
And many shows like “Father Knows Best,” and “Leave it to Beaver” taught some basic moral principles that were generally accepted by most people.
Today it’s different. Continue reading
In my 50 years of preaching, I have studied with people who I thought understood the Truth and would obey the gospel. Yet, something held them back. I’ve heard various excuses.
“I know what you’re saying is true, but if I do that, then I’m condemning my grandma, because she didn’t believe that.”
“Someday I will be baptized.”
“I need more time to think about it.” Continue reading
In his Daily Bible Study series, William Barclay tells a compelling story about an evangelist named Brownlow North. Apparently, in his younger days, he had lived a wild life.
“Once, just before he was to enter the pulpit in a church in Aberdeen, he received a letter. This letter informed him that its writer had evidence of some disgraceful thing which Brownlow North had done before he became a Christian, and it went on to say that the writer proposed to interrupt the service and to tell the whole congregation of that sin if he preached.” Continue reading
The Utah State Legislature recently passed a bill making sex outside of marriage legal.
Lawmakers are trying to clean up the criminal code in Utah by removing laws that are on the books, but unenforced and considered “outdated.” Until now fornication was a misdemeanor. Utah’s Senate passed the bill and the House passed it 41-32. Now it goes to the governor for his signature or veto.
This follows the recent repeal of laws still on the books that made both adultery and sodomy a crime. Continue reading
“The Scriptures were not given for our information,” wrote D. L. Moody, “but for our transformation.”
This month we’re reading the book of Acts, often called the most important book in the Bible. It records the beginning, growth, and spread of Christianity. From Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and throughout the Roman Empire. But it is more than just a book of history. It is a book that tells thrilling stories about people. Real people. Converted people. Transformed people. Continue reading
Some of my generation may recall a piece circulated for years by an unknown author entitled “Top 12 Things My Mother Taught Me.” Here are a few of my favorites.
•My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION…”Just wait until your father gets home.”
•My Mother taught me about IRONY…”When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running back to me for sympathy.”
•My Mother taught me about FARM LIFE..”This room looks like a pig’s sty.” Continue reading
Last Thursday, Bible commentator Warren Wiersbe died at age 89. He left an impressive legacy of resources of over 150 books on how to read, explain and understand the Bible.
While I did not always agree with Wiersbe’s theology, I did appreciate his conservative scholarship on most topics. His writing was simple, straight forward and easy to understand. He wrote for the common man.
Wiersbe described himself as a “bridge builder, spanning the gap from the world of the Bible to the world of today so that we could get to the other side of glory in Jesus.” Continue reading
Leadership guru John Maxwell often says,“Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
And what is leadership? Maxwell defined it this way. “After more than four decades of observing leadership within my family and the many years of developing my own leadership potential, I have come to this conclusion: Leadership is influence. That’s it. Nothing more; more less. My favorite leadership proverb is “He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.” Continue reading
“What two things do you value the most in life?” was a question asked to Warren Buffett by a shareholder at the annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders meeting.
What do you think Buffett said?
Was it his multinational holding company Berkshire Hathaway? His two favorite stocks? A specific company? A rare possession? Continue reading
What epitaph would you like on your grave marker to describe you? Your life? Your influence?
A brief walk in a cemetery will reveal many predictable ones like “Rest in Peace.” “Loving Mother.” Or “Faithful Father.”
Some folks, or at least their relatives have demonstrated a sense of humor with their choice of epitaphs.
Ezekial Aikle, buried in the East Dalhousie Cemetery in Nova Scotia, died at age 102. His Epitaph? “The Good Die Young.” Continue reading