“Real worship happens when your spirit responds to God,” affirmed Wilson Adams in his 2005 Florida College Lecture, The Nature of God and Man.”
“We worship daily when we pray privately, read and meditate upon the Sacred Word, sing a hymn in traffic, or praise Him openly to a friend.” However, Wilson correctly pointed out that there are “some things our Creator wants His church to do in concert.” We call this collective worship. Continue reading
Good morning from Beverly Hills, FL
As the late, great Yogi Berra once quipped, “It’s like déjà vu all over again,” as we unpack boxes and see stuff we haven’t seen for 33 months.
The other day Norma Jean questioned, “Where did THAT come from?” Continue reading
I’ve always been amazed at folks who think that success in life is anti-Biblical.
How can anyone think that God created us to be unsuccessful in any area of life that He ordained as good? Of course, it depends on how you define success.
The book of Proverbs reveals many solid suggestions and fundamental principles for success in every endeavor. Continue reading
Last night at the West Citrus Church, where we’re now members, Tom Quinn taught a wonderful lesson about Jesus’ parable of “The Wheat and the Weeds.” It was interesting. Insightful. Thought-provoking. And supplied fodder for today’s post.
If you’re not familiar with the parable it’s found in Matthew 13:24-30, as one of several parables that begin, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…” Later the disciples asked Jesus for its explanation. So, it’s one of the few that we actually have Jesus’ own interpretation (Matt. 13:36-43). Continue reading
C. S. Lewis, from his book, “God in the Dock,” offers this interesting bit of dialogue regarding prayer.
“Praying for particular things,” said I, “always seems to me like advising God how to run the world. Wouldn’t it be wiser to assume that He knows best?”
“On the same principle,” said he, “I suppose you never ask a man next to you to pass the salt because God knows best whether you ought to have salt or not. And I suppose you never take an umbrella because God knows best whether you ought to be wet or dry.”
“That’s quite different,” I protested. Continue reading
“Ash Wednesday rituals tweaked for Coronavirus as Christians are reminded of death,” read a February 16th headline in the religious section of the Washington Post.
Apparently one of the changes involved people not drinking from the same cup when communion was served. (Personally, I like that idea all the time.) Continue reading
In his book Forward, David Jeremiah tells the story of swimmer Joseph Schooling, Singapore’s first-ever gold medal winner in the 2016 Olympics.
When Schooling was asked what it was like to be one of the best swimmers in the world and win a gold medal, his reply was surprising. Continue reading
The Bible is filled with powerful symbols to help us gain a better appreciation and develop a deeper insight into God’s eternal plan for our salvation.
As symbols relate to Jesus we see Him as the light of the world. The water of life. The good shepherd. The sun of righteousness. And the lamb of God.
As we assemble for worship today and specially come to communion, there are three powerful symbols that are worthy of our serious reflection when we think of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins.
We’ve already looked at two. The cup and the cross. Today, think about one that’s possibly overlooked. The crown. Continue reading
Good morning from Beverly Hills,
Well, after 33 months of traveling from place to place, we now have a house we can call home.
Now, I don’t get to answer the question “Where do you live?” with the retort, “We’re homeless.” Of course, Norma Jean never did like that answer anyway.
I never dreamed of living in Beverly Hills. Continue reading
Today’s list comes from a piece I published several years ago, but I think I got the idea from some anonymous article. If anyone knows the source, let me know and I will give them credit.
It encourages us not to listen to our negative, defeated and discouraged self talk, but rather listen to God. It’s entitled…
WHO SAYS SO? Continue reading