Monthly Archives: September 2019

Word of the Week: Identity

Jim Valvano was one of the most colorful college basketball coaches in the 1980’s when he coached the North Carolina State Wolfpack. He may be most remembered for his ecstatic celebration after winning the national champion with their improbable victory against the heavy favored Houston Cougars.

While suffering from terminal spinal cancer at the age or 47, Valvano was interviewed by Sports Illustrated reporter, Gary Smith. He looked back on his life and told a story about himself as a 23-year-old coach of a small college team.

“Why is winning so important to you?” the players asked Valvano. Continue reading

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The God Of All Comfort

When I Was Diagnosed With Cancer:

My first friend came and expressed his shock by saying,
“I can’t believe that you have cancer.
I always thought you were so active and healthy.”
He left and I felt alienated and somehow very different. Continue reading

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A Refreshing Ministry

We’re back in Florida for three weeks visiting our kids and grandkids. And it’s hot. Really hot. Temperatures in the 90’s. Heat index over 100.

On days like these, an ice-cold glass of water and just a little breeze provides a needed respite and a refreshing break.

This morning in looking at today’s Bible reading, I am also reminded of the need for spiritual refreshment. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Corinthians 15

Thomas Fuller once wrote, “We’re born crying, live complaining and die disappointed.”

The famous author O’Henry said that “life is made of sobs, sniffles, and smiles; with sniffles predominating.

Janis Joplin, the folk singer of my generation, once lamented, “Life is something you do while waiting to die.” Continue reading

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A Biblical Approach to Current Events

Karl Barth, the 20th-century Swiss Reformed theologian is often quoted as saying that one should preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.

Actually, he never said it exactly that way. “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both, Barth advised, “But interpret newspapers from your Bible.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Humility

Recently Norma Jean and I visited Gettysburg, PA,  and toured the civil war battlefields where there were over 50,000 causalities in just three days. It was a sobering experience to reflect on this period in our history.

It was there that President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the National Military Cemetery on November 19, 1863. Ironically, politician and orator Edward Everett was slated to give what was called “The Gettysburg Address.” His oration was 13,607 words and lasted two hours. Continue reading

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Are You A Member of the Body Or Just A Member of the Church?

“The very word membership is of Christian origin, but it has been taken over by the world and emptied of all meaning,” wrote C. S. Lewis in one of his essays.

Lewis further opined, “I am afraid that when we describe a man as ‘a member of the Church’ we usually mean nothing Pauline” as he referred to Paul’s statement regarding “members of the Body” of Christ (1 Cor. 12:22). Continue reading

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Do We Need Other Christians To Grow Spiritually?

According to a recent survey by LifeWay Research, “more believers are heeding the scriptural call to ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior’—but they’re often doing discipleship on their own.”

Compared with a survey a decade ago, more US Christians have “made improvements in areas like reading their Bibles daily, prioritizing obedience to Christ, and avoiding temptation, (however) their connections with fellow Christians have weakened.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Corinthians 10:1-12

Our regular readers know that we left Kentucky last Friday and drove to Florida. Yes, the state being threatened by hurricane Dorian.

Some thought we were crazy, but believe me, we made an informed decision. We’ve lived here. We know about the destructive nature of a powerful storm. We’re aware of the “cone of uncertainty.” We also know the difference between media hype and accurate reporting. The storm seemed to be tracking in a direction that was opposite from where we would be. Yet, at any point, we were prepared to turn around and drive to a safe place. Continue reading

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Have You Been With Jesus?

Last Sunday it was our pleasure to worship with the brethren at the West Citrus Church in Crystal River, Florida, and hear one of my former college Bible professors, Melvin Curry present a wonderful lesson.

Melvin is 88 years young, but still very capable in teaching and preaching God’s Word. His class in Revelation reminded me of my college days and his sermon from Acts 4 was an accurate exegesis and application of the text. Our thoughts today are inspired by that sermon. Continue reading

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