Monthly Archives: July 2022

A Day of Gladness

Vance Havner, a preacher of the early 20th century, known for his witticism and snappy quotes, supposedly quipped to a congregation where he was once preaching, “I seen happier faces on an iodine bottle.”

One preacher remarked about going into a congregation for Sunday worship and said, “You would think it was a morgue.” Continue reading


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Weekly Recap: July 24-29

Good morning from Port Colborne, Ontario

It’s been a wonderful week and month here in Canada.  But unfortunately, all good things come to an end (at least in this world).  Tomorrow, we leave following worship to begin our way back to Florida.

If you ever come to Niagara Falls, take the time to visit the brethren here.  They will be encouraged. And you will be blessed by joining them in worship. Continue reading

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Having a Heart for God–Passionate

In his book simply entitled, Preaching, G. Campbell Morgan relates a story about the 19th century English actor William Charles Macready and an eminent preacher of that day.

“I wish you would explain to me something,” said the preacher.

“Well, what is it?” Macready responded. “I don’t know that I can explain anything to a preacher.” Continue reading


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Having a Heart for God–Respectful

R E S P E C T.

Those of my generation immediately think of the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, belting out these letters which became her signature song. It’s about a confident, young woman demanding respect from her man.

In her 1998 autobiography, Franklin said the lyrics “speak to anyone who feels unappreciated.”

A lack of respect has become an issue in all areas of life and in every relationship. It’s seen and felt in families, churches, communities, schools, social settings, and political positions. Continue reading


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Having a Heart for God–Bravery

Having a heart for God requires a correct understanding of what the heart is. Too many are like little Jason on the first day of school.

The class was asked to stand, place their right hand over their heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The teacher, Mrs. Jones, watched the children as they began, “I pledge allegiance to the flag….” when she noticed Jason had his right hand over his left ear. She stopped and said, “Jason, put your hand over your heart.”

Jason replied, “It is over my heart!” Continue reading

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Having a Heart For God: Tenderhearted

“Having a Heart For God” is the theme of the VBS here at the Wellandport church in Ontario, Canada. It’s published by “Shaping Hearts.” And based on the life of King David the one who God said was “a man after MY own heart (1 Sam. 13:14; Ax. 13:22).

Since I’m teaching the adult class, I want to share some thoughts this week about this vital topic. Yesterday, we discussed a caring heart. Continue reading


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Having a Heart For God: Caring

This week I’m teaching the adult class for the Wellandport VBS. They’re using the Shaping Hearts for God Series, “Having a Heart For God.” It’s centered around the narrative of King David.

When you think of David, what qualities come to mind? Continue reading


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Spiritual Growth is Gradual

Today’s post, according to WordPress, is #3100.

10 ½ years ago I never thought about this little blog being read in 200 countries and territories around the world. Or writing 3100 posts that would encompass 186 categories, which would fill 35 average size books.

So, how did we get here? How did we reach this point? Continue reading


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Weekly Recap: July 17-22

Good morning from Port Colborne, Ontario

We’ve enjoyed another very pleasant week here in the Niagara region.  Not only from the cooler temperatures compared to much of the US, but also the wonderful fellowship we’re enjoying with our friends in this area.

Next week I will be teaching the adult class for the Wellandport VBS, as well as preaching the next two Sundays.  So, our last week here will be very busy. But it will be a good kind of busy. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #94

Last week I came across a list by an unknown author, “45 Lessons Life Taught Me.” I shared the first 22 last Friday. Today completes the list.

It contains a bit of “life under the sun” wisdom, some spiritual advice, and a little humor. I think you will like it.

If you missed last week’s list, click here for part one. Continue reading


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