Monthly Archives: August 2021

Confusing Military Action With God’s Mission

For the past several weeks, and especially the past few days, the daily news cycle has been filled with stories and opinions about the American withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Last week following the suicide bombing at Kabul airport, President Biden responded to the attack, honoring the slain soldiers by quoting a surprising, and very inappropriate Bible verse.

Here’s the context of the President’s remarks: Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Wisdom

“Out of the mouth of babes,” is a proverbial and biblical idiom we use to express the unique and sometimes humorous wisdom of children.

Here are a few that have made the rounds for years by an unnamed author and source.

Patrick age 10: “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”

Michael age 14: “When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him.” Continue reading


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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Faith-Strong

Admittedly, there’s a lot of junk posted on social media in general, and on facebook specifically. However, there is a lot of good stuff too.

  • Reports of conversions to Christ.
  • Churches broadcasting Bible classes and sermons.
  • News from fellow Christians that’s uplifting.
  • Photos of God’s wonderful creation.
  • Spiritually thought-provoking conversations.
  • Notes of congratulations.
  • Encouraging posts that brighten your day.
  • Devotional blogs (like ThePreachersWord)

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Weekly Recap: August 22-27

Good morning from Beverly Hills, Florida

Our weekly Saturday post is a recap of the posts from the past week.  The synopsis and quick links are provided for you to easily access any post you may have missed during the week.

Our numbers have spiked dramatically upward this week mainly due to two posts that I recommend you read.

Celebrating 53 Years of Marriage

The Danger of a Bible App on Your iPhone Continue reading

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Friday’s List to Live By #53

Edgar Watson Howe once joked, “No man would listen to you talk if he didn’t know it was his turn next.”

Indeed listening is a lost art.

Today’s list is based on John Maxwell’s book, “Becoming a Person of Influence.” In it, Maxwell offers 9 suggestions to help you become a better listener. Continue reading

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Biblical Beliefs Declining

This was Sunday’s headline in the Christian Post:

60% of adults under 40 say Jesus isn’t only way to salvation;
equal to Buddha, Muhammad

In a recent study of so-called “born again Christians” in the US between the ages of 18 and 39, more than 60% said they believed “that Buddha, Muhammad, and Jesus are all valid paths to salvation.”

The same study found that over 30% believed that “Jesus sinned just like other people when He lived on Earth or aren’t sure.” Continue reading


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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 28:18-20

Plaque on a preacher’s desk:

“I’m just a NOBODY telling
who can save ANYBODY!”

This succinct sign summarizes our responsibility to share the Good News about Jesus with others. Today’s passage speaks to that wonderful challenge and blessed opportunity.

We call it “The Great Commission.” Continue reading


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The Danger of a Bible App on Your iPhone

Many Christians have Bible Apps on their iPhones. I bet you never thought once about it posing any danger, did you?

It doesn’t. Unless you live in Afghanistan.

I’ve received two emails this week, one from my Rotary friend, John Grant, another from a preaching colleague, Max Dawson, reporting that the Taliban are going door to door demanding people’s cell phones. Continue reading


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Celebrating 53 Years of Marriage

Our annual anniversary blogging break ends today It’s also the actual day of our 53rd wedding anniversary.

Once you’ve been married for 50+ years, strangers you meet express both surprise coupled with admiration that anyone could be married that long.  Especially to one person. Friends, family, and brethren who know your values, understand and share their appreciation and congratulations.

However, when seriously discussing a 50-year marriage, there’s one frequently asked question:  “What’s your secret?”

Three years ago, while celebrating our 50th, Norma Jean and I came up with some answers that continue to work for us.  We hope you find them helpful.

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SUNDAY SEED THOUGHTS: Three Elements of a Great Life

Today’s reblog asks 3 important questions that potentially could change your life forever. It’s a 2-minute read. But it could make a big difference


Seed Thoughts

“No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.” penned Henry Emerson Fosdick, a preacher of the early 20th century.

Think about that a minute

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