Monthly Archives: January 2021

The Sanctity of Human Life

In one of his final acts before leaving office, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring Friday, January 22nd, as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.”

This celebration of life coincides with the anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark decision that allows a pregnant woman to abort her unborn child. Since then over 61 million unborn lives have been snuffed out, according to the American Life League.

“Every human life is a gift to the world,” the President wrote. “Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: John 19:10-11

At noon today Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will take the oath of office as President of the United States. As a leader of the free world, our President is often called the most powerful person in the world.

People are impressed by power. Military might. Political position. Economic Status. Physical strength. All are symbols of power.

Leaders lust for power. In fact, some people so are obsessed with power they will do anything to get it, everything to hold on to it, and are in denial when they are unable to exercise it. Continue reading

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#NotMyCaesar

“Politics have caused a vast divide in our country. Some Christians want to think that a president being elected by a suspicious or even illegal method means they need not recognize or honor him,” wrote Illinois gospel preacher David Diestelkamp in an article entitled #NotMyCaesar.

“Some conclude,” David continued, “that a president who is immoral, accepts the killing of babies (abortion), or condones the sexually deviant, is not ‘their president.’ And some are judging the validity of a presidency based on their perspective on law, rights, taxes, foreign policy, or free trade.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Dream

In his book “Forward,” David Jeremiah tells a neat story about an Alabama woman, Mary Anderson.

In 1902 Mary was visiting New York City during a winter snowstorm. While riding a streetcar she noticed the driver had a problem with visibility because of the sleet and snow. He either had to stop and wipe the snow off the window or keep it open. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Faith-Living

You may have seen this sign upon entering a church building that was popular for many years.

Enter to Worship. Leave to Serve.

Today, as we assemble in our respective places of worship there will be an emphasis on scriptural worship “in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:23-24). The songs we sing, the prayers we offer, the scriptures we read, the sermons we hear and the communion in which we engage will all be based on “The Faith” (Eph. 4:4).

But what about when we leave the church building? Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: January 10-15

Good morning from Temple Terrace, Florida,

We’re here for the month of January.  Enjoying time with our daughter and our grandkids.  Seeing old friends.  And looking forward to speaking in chapel at my Alma Mater, Florida College on January 25th.

This week’s recap features two posts that speak to the civil unrest we’ve experienced and the Christian’s response and attitude toward it.  Also, there’s a post from 2016 that is relevant to the divided state of our country.

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Friday’s List To Live By #22

Life is about relationships. In fact, Dee Bowman once wrote a book entitled, “It’s All About The People.” Indeed it is.

Today’s list, adapted from the British author, motivational speaker, and life coach, Richard Denny, offers some succinct relationship advice. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Don’t Look Back

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you,” often quipped Leroy “Satchel” Paige the charismatic pitcher of the old Negro League in the 1920’s and ‘30’s.

“Don’t look back,” apparently was Paige’s philosophy both in baseball and in life. Paige could have been bitter about the times in which he lived which prevented him from playing baseball in the Major League because of segregation. It wasn’t until 1948 at the age of 42 he made his debut with the Cleveland Indians. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Mark 8:13-22

Jeff Strite relates a true story found in Reader’s Digest of a family sitting down to dinner one evening.

One of the girls was unhappy because they were having leftovers. And she let everyone know by complaining.

Her father was not pleased with her complaints and suggested she needed to be more thankful. To drive home his point, he asked her offer thanks for the food. So, she bowed her head and prayed: Continue reading

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A Chaplin’s Prayer for America

Barry Black is the 72-year-old Chaplin of the United States Senate. He was commissioned as a Navy Chaplin and holds the rank of Rear Admiral. Known for his colorful bow ties, he’s served as Senate Chaplin since he retired from the Navy in 2003.

In the early morning hours last Thursday, Black closed a joint session of Congress that had been marred by shocking, sickening and senseless violence with a powerful prayer. Delivered shortly after President-elect Biden’s victory was certified by lawmakers, it is said that “Mr. Black’s prayer cut through the chamber with force.”

In part, here’s Chaplin Black’s prayer for America. Continue reading

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