Monthly Archives: September 2021

Three Life Lessons From “The Sultan of Swat”

Today’s the last day of September. Fall is in the air. And baseball playoffs begin next week, with the World Series just around the corner.

What team will rise to the top? What heroics will be talked about for years to come? Who will be Mr. October? And what stories will be retold from bygone years?

One name surfaces almost every year. Babe Ruth, known as “The Bambino,” or “The Sultan of Swat.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 130

“Waking up to a beautiful sunrise is so promising. The air is quiet. Birds are beginning to stir in their nests. The moon is fading away as the sun’s rays quietly take over the sky”, wrote an unknown devotional writer.

“It’s as if God hit the restart button and we are powering up for a new day, a new beginning. Our batteries are charged, the things of yesterday are gone, and God is unveiling a chance to start anew.” Continue reading

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Glorifying God

On Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Miami Dolphins in overtime to begin the season 3-0, their best start since 2002.

Quarterback, Derek Carr, in a post-game interview, deflected credit for the team’s success saying, “All of the self-glory – that stuff is fleeting,”

The Fox interviewer told Carr that he’s playing with confidence and command like an MVP. Carr responded, “I’ve been through that stuff before…all I want to do is glorify {God}. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Advice

“Never have more children than you have car windows,” advised the late American humorist Erma Bombeck.

Bombeck achieved popularity for her syndicated newspaper column that humorously described the American home, marriage, relationships and life in general from 1965 to 1996.

The author of 15 books, here’s some additional advice Bombeck offered. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Preaching That Connects

Gladys Dunn had recently moved into a retirement community and was looking for a church to attend. Fortunately, she found a congregation to attend within walking distance.

When she arrived on Sunday, she found the building attractive and inviting. The people were friendly. The singing was enthusiastic and edifying. The prayers were fervent. And the communion service was reflective and thought-provoking. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: September 19-24

Good Morning from Citrus County, Florida

Well, Fall has arrived in Florida. Sorta.  We’re waking up to 66 degrees. With predicted temperatures “only” mid to upper 80’s.  Give us another month or so, and it will be pretty sweet.

Tomorrow AM I’m teaching the adult class and preaching for the West Citrus Church, where we’re members.  Wednesday night we will be at the Brooksville Church closing out their summer lecture series with the topic, “God is Love.”  Then getting ready for a meeting at the East Shelby Church in Collierville, Tennesse, beginning next Sunday.  So, it’s a busy week ahead. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #57

In his little book, Winners and Losers, the late syndicated columnist, Sydney J. Harris succinctly offers insight on success and failure with wit and wisdom.

In the language of the sports world, Harris shares 5 scoreboards for success. They speak to issues of attitude, personal responsibility, and relationships.

Here are just a few thoughts from scoreboard #1. Continue reading

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What Does it Means to be “Christian”?

A recent survey revealed that 71% of the respondents claiming to be a Christian “consider their feelings, experiences, or the input of family and friends as their most trusted sources of moral guidance.”

The study, recently released by the George Barna Group in connection with the cultural research center at the University of Arizona, came to this conclusion: Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Proverbs 13:20

Yesterday’s online INC magazine headlined an article by Marcel Schwantes with this captivating lead-in:

It Took Warren Buffett 2 Sentences to Offer the Best Advice You Will Hear Today

Timeless wisdom from the Oracle of Omaha.

It caught my attention. What financial insight would Buffett share from his vast wealth of financial acumen? A portfolio change? A stock tip? A retirement strategy? Continue reading

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Moving From Success To Significance

“If all your dreams came true, whose life would be different?”

This question was asked by Tim Tebow at the 13th annual Florida College Leadership Dinner that Norma Jean and I were privileged to attend last Thursday evening.

The former University of Florida quarterback who led the Gators to two national championships, won the Heisman Trophy following his sophomore season, and was a first-round NFL draft choice spoke passionately about making a difference in the lives of other people. Continue reading

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