September 20, 2020 · 6:21 am
A computer search of “worship” produced this article from 2016. I’m sure I didn’t write it, but there’s no name attached. If you know, let me know. But it’s worth our serious and sober reflection on this Lord’s Day.
There was a time in most churches when the services were focused upon worship that glorified God, and the preaching consisted of reverent instruction from the Scriptures. In some places, it’s still that way. On the other hand, drastic changes are underway in hundreds of churches across the land.
An article appearing in World magazine addressed this phenomenon. Note this quote: Continue reading →
September 19, 2020 · 5:07 am
Good morning from Indian Shores Beach
We’ve had a wonderful week at one of our favorite places. Now, we’re heading over to Temple Terrace to spend a few days with our kids and grandkids before we journey North for our Fall meetings.
Since COVID-19 canceled our Spring and Summer meetings, we’re excited to return to this work. Meetings and preaching appointments this Fall take us to Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and back to Florida,
Check here for the exact schedule. Continue reading →
September 18, 2020 · 8:00 am
A British evangelist, Warner Pidgeon, relates a story that occurred during the reign of Queen Victoria.
The Queen heard that the wife of a common laborer had lost her baby. Having experienced deep sorrow herself, she felt moved to express her sympathy. So she called on the bereaved woman one day and spent some time with her. After she left, the neighbors were curious, “What did the Queen say? They asked. Continue reading →
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September 17, 2020 · 8:02 am
One of the serendipities of our current itinerant ministry is having some Sundays open when we’re traveling and being able to hear fellow preachers.
Not long ago we were visiting the West Citrus church in Crystal River and I heard Michael Lusk preach a sermon entitled “A Fly in the Ointment.” I’ve thought about that lesson ever since and today’s post draws its inspiration from my notes that day. Continue reading →
September 16, 2020 · 6:59 am
Victor was born in the barrio of Carlsbad, California in 1940. Like his Mexican parents, he only spoke Spanish. In addition to the language barrier, Victor faced cultural challenges, when he began school, as well as blatant discrimination and a reading problem, later diagnosed as dyslexia.
In his Junior year, Victor quit school, moved back to Mexico, and worked for 10 years as a common labor, digging ditches and cleaning houses. During that time he met a compassionate young woman who taught him to read, which fueled his desire to be a writer. Continue reading →
September 15, 2020 · 7:55 am
Since we have been traveling for the past 28 months we have visited over 40 congregations.
While in most cases I’ve preached for the churches we visited, sometimes we were just passing through and stopped to worship. Being a visitor, as opposed to being a member of that congregation, seems to have heightened my sense of observation about the worship services, Bible classes, preaching, and our reception by the members.
Today’s Bible reading in 1 Corinthians 14, reminds me that we have a responsibility in our worship toward outsiders and non-Christians. Continue reading →
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September 14, 2020 · 8:05 am
Oscar Wilde is credited with saying that “Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative.”
Wilde’s point was that consistent living can become a wearisome repetition of sameness day after day. Such consistency can degenerate into a life that is dull. Boring. Trite. Listless. Languid. And essentially lifeless.
In response, an unknown author issued this challenge to get out of the consistency rut. Continue reading →
September 13, 2020 · 6:21 am
This is the final day of our annual anniversary blogging break. Here’s a post from 5 years ago that will hopefully offer some a seed for some serious reflection on this Lord’s Day.
American author David W. Augsburger whose works revolve around Christianity once wrote, “An open ear is the only believable sign of an open heart.”
This principle is important in all of our relationships. In our families. Communities. And professions. Openness is also vital in spiritual relationships. On this Lord’s Day it is important that we enter into worship with an attitude of openness.
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September 12, 2020 · 6:16 am
With all the problems and stress in the world today, it’s time for a lighter topic. Today, I’m reblogging this 3-year-old post and hopefully, it will put a smile on your face.
Several years ago Dr. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertforshire in England did a serious study to determine the world’s funniest joke. Over 40,000 jokes were submitted. Rated. And judged.
The experiment demonstrated that people in different parts of the world have varying tastes in humor. Americans like jokes with a character who’s made to look stupid. New Zealanders, Australians and Brits prefer jokes involving word play. Germans had no preference in jokes.
But, here’s the joke that won first place regardless of gender, geography or age.
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September 11, 2020 · 6:23 am
As America remembers 9-11 on its 19th anniversary, here’s a post from two years ago reminding us of some things we should never forget.
Seventeen years ago we were living in Spring Hill, TN. And I was preaching for the Jackson Heights church in Columbia. As I was preparing to leave for the office Norma Jean hollered for me to come into the family room. “A plane has hit one of the twin towers,” she yelled in disbelief.
Like millions of Americans we were stunned as we watched another plane hit the 2nd tower. Then the Pentagon was hit. Soon there was a report of the crash in PA. Later we learned of the heroism that prevented another catastrophic strike.
That day I did not go to the office.
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