May 31, 2021 · 9:23 am
“If you woke up in America this morning, you hit the jackpot. Let us honor the brave souls that sacrificed to make that freedom possible,” posted my friend Matt Andrews on facebook today.
Although I said Saturday, there would be no new post today, my facebook and email messages inspired me to share a few quotes and messages I’ve read today.
I hope they will inspire you as well. And help us remember the significance of this holiday. Continue reading →
May 30, 2021 · 4:30 am
Friday Norma Jean and I were in Temple Terrace enjoying time with our grandchildren Roy,6½, and Fern, age 4.
“Let’s go on an excursion,” I said to the kids.
“What’s an excursion?” Roy asked.
“It’s like a school field trip,” Grammy explained.
After a quick stop at Dollar Tree to buy some (artificial) flowers and giving them each a dollar to buy a treat, we headed to Sunset Memorial Gardens where my parents, Roy and Mattie Weliever are buried. Continue reading →
May 29, 2021 · 4:29 am
Good morning from Beverly Hills,
As I wrote in Thursday’s blog post, this week has been notable and exciting with the meeting at the Cherry Sink Church in Gilchrist County.
Tomorrow, I’m preaching at the West Citrus Church in Crystal River. So, we continue to be blessed with opportunities to serve and minister in the Word. Continue reading →
May 28, 2021 · 4:48 am
Under “normal” circumstances stress is a fact of life. But in more recent times the problems of stress have accelerated exponentially.
Today’s list based on Philippians 4 and adapted from Alice Gray, Steve Stephens, and John Van Diest’s book of lists, offers a practical, doable, and scriptural method to manage stress. Continue reading →
May 27, 2021 · 6:59 am
The “new normal” is an expression we’ve heard a good bit this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. And it was not a phrase I particularly liked or embraced.
The “new normal” has been characterized by masks, social distancing, and no handshakes or hugs.
In terms of the church’s work and mission, it has for a time suspended public gatherings, and then limited their frequency and/or the number attending. It has kept brethren apart. Canceled gospel meetings. Limited fellowship. Put plans on hold. Hampered ministry projects. And to a large extent social-distanced us from the brotherhood. Continue reading →
May 26, 2021 · 7:00 am
David Owens, A New York preacher, tells a story about a well-respected British minister who boarded the trolley early one Monday morning from his suburban home to downtown London.
He paid the driver as he got on the trolley, and being preoccupied with his busy schedule and the needs of his church he didn’t notice that the driver had given him too much change.
When he sat down he looked at the change and his first thought was, “My, how wonderfully God provides!” Continue reading →
May 25, 2021 · 7:53 am
It’s funny. Sorta.
Last night I preached a lesson on “Overcoming Obstacles.” This morning I’m encountering various obstacles in publishing today’s blog post. Not the least of which has been my wifi connectivity.
“Life is difficult,” are the first three words of M. Scott Peck in his book “The Road Less Traveled.” I supposed you could add, “Then life gets more difficult.” Continue reading →
May 24, 2021 · 6:35 am
This week I’m preaching in a meeting at the Cherry Sink Church in Gilchrist County, Florida. And it felt like we’d returned to the “normal” days of yesteryear.
I spoke twice in the morning. We had a potluck in the afternoon. And I spoke Sunday night. And I could see people’s faces. Almost no masks.
Our theme for the week is “Pressing Toward the Prize,” based on Philippians 3:13-14. Continue reading →
May 23, 2021 · 5:23 am
“Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell,” once quipped the 19th century English evangelist, Charles H. Spurgeon.
While Spurgeon’s comment may seem to some as borderline flippant, it’s true nonetheless.
The Bible speaks often of the efficacy of blood, especially the blood of Christ. Continue reading →
May 22, 2021 · 5:22 am
Good Morning from Beverly Hills, Florida
After being away for 3 out of the last 4 weeks, it was good to be home all week. And we’re blessed that we now have a place that we can call home. Again.
Tomorrow, we’re driving up to Trenton where I’ll begin a Sunday-Wednesday meeting at the Cherry Sink Church. We’ve been there many times in the past and look forward to being with these brethren again and seeing our friends in Gilchrist county. You can access our schedule, as it currently stands, and see where we will be in the coming weeks. Continue reading →