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Word of the Week: Giving

Bit’s and Pieces magazine related a story about the American industrialist, Henry Ford, who was once asked to donate money for the construction of a new medical facility.

The billionaire pledged to donate $5,000. The next day the newspaper headline read, “Henry Ford contributes $50,000 to the local hospital.”

The irate Ford was on the phone immediately to complain to the fund-raiser that he had been misunderstood. The fund-raiser replied they would print a retraction in the paper the following day to read, “Henry Ford reduces his donation by $45,000.” Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Are You Focused on Getting Or Giving?

“I didn’t get anything out of worship today,” is a remark sometimes offered by disappointed church attendees.

These disgruntled “worshipers” soon find themselves relating to anyone who will listen to how awful the sermon was, how the song leader pitched the songs too high, the distractions by noisy children, and the general lack of inspiration they felt from the service.

Joe McKeever said such remarks are “like dry rot in a congregation…Like a termite infestation in the building…Like an epidemic afflicting the people of the Lord.” Unchecked, they will spread like a deadly virus. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: November 28-December 3

 

Good morning from Beverly Hills, FL

Well, winter weather has hit Florida.  It was down to 36 degrees in Citrus county one morning this week.  Brrrr!  Kinda cold for Floridians and us spoiled transplants.  However, it has warmed up to the 70s during the day.

But regardless of the weather where you live, these posts from ThePreachersWord will warm your heart.  Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #65

Today’s list is adapted from author and professor Loren Fisher. It focuses on the characteristics, qualities and attributes of God.

It’s a succinct list to help us better know who God is, how He blesses us, and why we ought to serve and praise Him.

Twenty Truths About God Continue reading

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Five Facts About Your Temptations

Several years ago Discipleship Journal conducted a survey of its readers asking them to share temptations that caused them the greatest spiritual concern.

Here are the top 9 ranked in order of their readers’ responses. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: John 7:24

In his book, Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, Richard J. Mouw, relates this account among a gathering of seminary professors.

One professor reported that at his school the most damaging charge one student can lodge against another is that the person is being “judgmental.” He found this pattern very upsetting. “You can’t get a good argument going in class anymore,” he said. “As soon as somebody takes a stand on any important issue, someone else says that the person is being judgmental. And that’s it. End of discussion. Everyone is intimidated!” Continue reading

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A Day Dedicated To Giving

GivingTuesday began in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a New York City nonprofit as the brainchild of Henry Timms. It was simply designed as a day to encourage people to do good.

Today the organization with the same name supports a global movement in which people can unite in a “celebration of generosity.” It’s always celebrated on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day.

Their web page offers this explanation.  “GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together through generosity in all its forms by sharing acts of kindness and giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Courageous

In his book Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, Chuck Swindoll tells the story about an experiment conducted by Ruth W. Berenda and her associates designed to demonstrate how young people handle peer pressure.

Ten students were placed in a room and shown three lines of varying lengths drawn on a card. The students were told to raise their hands when the teacher pointed to the longest line. However, nine of the students had been instructed beforehand to raise their hands when the instructor pointed to the second-longest line. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: The Scars

“Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had healed,” observed American novelist and poet, Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

On this day when we remember Jesus at our communion services, we often think about the betrayal. The denial. The mocking. The kangaroo court of a trial. And the terrible, excruciating death by crucifixion.

We may focus on His resurrection. His victory over death and the devil. And how His bodily resurrection foreshadows our own resurrection.

We remember also His appearances to the women at the tomb. Peter and John. And the rest of the apostles.

But what about the scars? Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: November 21-26

Good morning from Indian Shores Beach

Hope you all have enjoyed Thanksgiving with family and/or friends.  We’ve had a wonderful time with our kids and grandkids.  #Blessed

With the holiday, you may have missed some posts, so here’s a recap of the week’s posts so you can catch up.

Tomorrow, I’m preaching for the Skyview Church, where we worked and worshiped back in the 80s. Continue reading

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