September 30, 2020 · 4:30 am
“There are two ways in which a Christian may view his money,” opined Bible expositor and author W. Graham Scroggie. How much of my money shall I use for God?” or “How much of God’s money shall I use for myself?”
Scroggie’s observation reminds us of Jehovah’s statement through the prophet Haggai, “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine” (2:8) Indeed, as the Psalmist penned, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Ps 24:1). Continue reading →
September 29, 2020 · 7:03 am
Last night’s leadership class at Manslick Road focused on the topic of attitude.
One of the students in the class related a study that concluded people who are often considered “lucky” by others, really just have a better attitude. And people who consider themselves unlucky, actually have a poor attitude.
It reminded me of this neat story. Continue reading →
September 28, 2020 · 8:20 am
There are certain people that when you say one name you think of another person. For example…
Abbott & Costello
Barnum & Bailey
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Laurel & Hardy
Proctor & Gamble Continue reading →
September 27, 2020 · 4:27 am
COVID-19 has altered our lives in so many ways. And none more profoundly for pastors, preachers, and churches than the impact on our worship services.
All of my spring and summer meetings were canceled. In fact, most churches did not even assemble in their meeting houses for several weeks. During our travels to Montana and back to Florida, we were privileged to preach several Sundays at various congregations. Yet, it wasn’t quite the same. Continue reading →
September 26, 2020 · 4:26 am
As Willie Nelson sings, we’re “on the road again.” We’re on the way to Louisville, Kentucky, where I’m holding a meeting at the Masnlick Road Church. This is my first post-COVID-19 meeting. And it’s the first for the Manslick brethren. So, we solicit your prayers for a safe and successful week.
Following this, we have meetings and preaching appointments in Shelbyville, TN, Lexington, KY. Brownsburg, IN, Cosby TN. and then back to Florida for a meeting at the Coulter Rd church in Brandon in November. You may click here for specifics on our Fall Schedule. Continue reading →
September 25, 2020 · 4:25 am
Today we resume our new weekly column, Friday’s List to Live By.
This is the 10th post. If you’ve missed the previous 9, click here to catch up.
Today’s list identifies some of the qualities of wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Continue reading →
September 24, 2020 · 4:24 am
I received an e-mail the other day from Platform University asserting that “the Age of Information has ended.”
The point of the article was that we now have access an to overwhelming amount of information. The excitement and euphoria have worn off. And now we’re filtering out the daily deluge of announcements, advertisements, offers, solicitations, and notifications.
What is needed today, the authors opine, are real experts who can understand the information, analyze it, and provide interpretation, insight, and application. Continue reading →
September 23, 2020 · 7:37 am
John Wesley was about 21 years of age when he went to Oxford University. He came from a good home, was gifted with a keen mind and good looks. It’s said, however, he was a bit snobbish and sarcastic.
The devotional, Our Daily Bread, relates an incident that set in motion a change in Wesley’s heart. Continue reading →
September 22, 2020 · 7:45 am
The eminent Athenian philosopher Plato is credited with saying, “The good teacher does not write his message in ink that will fade; he writes it upon men.”
If that quote is accurate it says a lot about Plato, his teacher Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle. I wonder if the well-educated apostle Paul who learned from the leading first century Rabbinic authority, Gamaliel, had this in mind when he wrote these words in 1 Corinthians 3:1-2? Continue reading →
September 21, 2020 · 6:43 am
“You are Special” is the title of a children’s book by Max Lucado, in which he tells about a unique community of painted wooden people called Wemmicks.
The Wemmicks give each other gold stars for their achievements or a gray dot sticker for doing not well enough. Punchinello tries hard to receive gold stars from his fellow Wemmicks, but all he ever gets is gray dots. Sadly Punchinello thinks he isn’t very important or worth very much.
Then one day Punchinello meets another Wemmick, Lucia, who doesn’t have any stickers. Neither gold stars nor gray dots. Why? She explains the stickers will not stick to her. Punchinello doesn’t want any stickers on him either. So Lucia takes him to visit Eli, the maker of all Wemmicks. Continue reading →