Plutarch who lived from 46-120 A.D. once wrote, “The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.”
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. While it is not a religious holiday or holy day, it’s good for us to be reminded of the many blessings we enjoy for which we ought to be thankful. As our hearts are humbled by thankfulness, our praise, appreciation, and adoration for our Creator is elevated. Continue reading
“How is thankfulness the solution for covetousness?”
This question was raised yesterday by Ryan Cummings in a sermon we heard at the Manslick Road Church in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a unique look at both the problem and solution we face in our hyper-commercialized culture.
This Thurdasy we will enjoy our annual Thanksgiving holiday in America, which began in 1621 after the colonists survived the rough first year in the New World and Governor William Bradford proclaimed “a day of Thanksgiving,” Continue reading
Little six-year-old Kevin was supposed to be cleaning up his bedroom. When his mother came to check how he was doing the room looked like it had been hit by a hurricane.
After scolding him, she then put Kevin in “time-out” and banished him to his room for the rest of the day until it was cleaned and straighten.
At bedtime, while saying his night-time prayers and praying for the usual things little boys pray about he said: Continue reading
Some time ago I read an article in Relevant Magazine where Thomas Turner wrote that Jeremiah 29:11 is “possibly one of our most beloved, yet most misunderstood verses in the entire Bible.”
BibleGateway.com lists it as the second most accessed and read verse on their website, just behind John 3:16!
This verse is popular in various books about your purpose in life, the purpose of the church, and God’s purpose for your marriage and family. Continue reading
Jerry Shirley tells a story about a King who visited a slave ship. There was a slave galley where they chained prisoners to the oars and made them row.
The King decided to go below the deck and talk to those who were chained to the oars. And he asked one man, “Why are you here?”
“Oh,” he said, “Sire, I don’t know why I’m here. I was in a crowd when a crime was committed and when they arrested everybody, they got me, but I’m innocent!” Continue reading
Sometimes when visiting a cemetery, I like to look for old grave markers and read the epitaphs. Many are predictable. Like “Rest in Peace.” “Loving Mother.” Or “Faithful Father.”
However, some people, or at least their relatives, exhibited a sense of humor with their choice of epitaphs. Here are some supposedly actual inscriptions on tombstones.
Ezekial Aikle, buried in the East Dalhousie Cemetery in Nova Scotia, died at age 102. His Epitaph? “The Good Die Young.” Continue reading
The late Dr. W. A Criswell once related an occasion on an airplane when he was seated beside a well-known theologian whose son had recently died.
The man told the story of how the child had come home from school with a fever. They didn’t think it was serious. However, it was a very fatal form of meningitis. The doctor said we cannot save your little boy.
The professor related to Dr. Criswell how he sat by his son’s bedside while he died. Continue reading
You see some things on Facebook that make you wince. Others cause you to shake your head in disbelief. And some elicit a chuckle. This one makes me sick.
A pro-choice organization, which means pro-abortion, recently mounted a new campaign claiming that abortion is a selfless act of love.
The National Women’s Law Center is seeking to “reframe” the abortion debate with their campaign “Abortion Actually.” According to their website they intend to “fight back against the assault on abortion rights in our country.” Continue reading
“What is truth?” asked Pilate in his now-famous question to Jesus at His trial.
Commentators, preachers, and philosophers have discussed and debated Pilate’s motive behind the question. Was he sincere? Just jesting? Responding cynically? Barclay suggested “he asked the question wistfully and wearily.” Obviously, we will never know. Continue reading