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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! A Tribute to Jesus’ Victory

(This post was in the top 5 in 2012, and rose to the #1  most read in 2016)

S. M. Lockridge (1913-2000)  was a prominent African-American preacher known for his dynamic, passionate, and fervent sermons.  His most famous sermon  was “He’s my King.”  Several years ago author and speaker Tony Campolo was so impressed by Lockridge’s lesson on “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming!” that he began to deliver the lesson himself and even wrote a book with that title.  Continue reading


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What Does The Bible Say About Gender Identity?

In 2016 issues surrounding “gender identity” became a hot topic. This April post was the most read new post for the year and received the 2nd most hits of all posts for 2016.



Hannah Holloway says, “I never really thought to myself, yes, I am a girl.  Or, yes, I am a guy.  I’m Hannah.”

Hannah’s story along with several others was reported in Sunday’s Kansas City Star in the Arts and Culture section.  The Star devoted three full pages to the issue of gender identity. Hannah and others want to be classified as nonbinary.  So, she doesn’t want to be called by the pronoun “she” but the pronoun “they.”

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Personal Reflections on the Passing of Harry Pickup, Jr.

The passing of one of my early preaching, mentors, Harry Pickup Jr, was the inspiration for this post, which was widely received by our readers. It was the 3rd most read in 2016.


Pickup HarryC. R. Nichol was one of the great preachers, teachers and religious writers of the late 19th and early 20th century.   He was known, not only for his scholarly work, but for his wisdom and quick wit.

One morning, while taking a walk, a friend cheerily greeted him, “Good morning, Bro. Nichol, I see that you’re still in the land of the living.”

Without missing a beat, he quickly quipped as he walk on, “No. I’m in the land of the dying. But I hope one day to go to the land of the living.”

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7 Lessons Learned From Saul’s Flaws

We are down to the Final Four of our 12 days of reblogging. And there is a surprise entry. This 2013 post, which was not in the top 10 that year, has become the 4th most read post for 2016. You will be blessed by being reminded of these 7 great lessons from this flawed Bible character.


The BibleWe’ve been watching the History Channel’s presentation of The Bible from Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.  The reaction has been interesting.

Movie critics called it “fractious and overwrought,” “a further piece of evidence that drama and reverence don’t mix well,” and “a mini-series full of emoting that does not register emotionally.”

Predictability the Christian Post and similar news outlets have hailed The Bible as “awesome,” inspiring, and “spot on.”

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The Welievers Are Moving

Our move this year from Kansas City to Texas was big news. At least for us. And our readers. This post, which explains the motivation behind the move, was the 5th most read in 2016. I also link an important post on Providence that you would enjoy reading.


West Main St Church

Fifty years ago I made the decision as a teenager to preach the Gospel of Christ. Although there have been various opportunities, interests and even the need on occasion to “make tents,” I’ve never wavered from my primary passion.

The commitment to preach has taken Norma Jean and me to many cities and states throughout the years–from Maine to California. And even a mission trip to Kazakstan. We have lived and engaged in located work in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and now Missouri. I have tried to approach what I might do and where I would live based on the exhortation in James 4:13-17.

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7 Things Christians Should Remember In An Election Year

This week we continue to reblog the top 12 most read posts in 2016. Little did we know in January the extent to which this post was needed. It was reposted hundreds of times on facebook and ranked #6 for 2016


Election 2016

“I’m fed up with politics.” I wearily commented to Norma Jean the other night after being fed more political baloney.

Then what did I do about it?

I tuned in last night to watch the Republican debate. Yes, another one! At one point during an exchange of charges and counter charges over their record and positions on the issues, Norma Jean turned to me and asked, “How do you know who is right!?

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7 Reasons Why We Praise God

We are continuing our 12 days of reblogging with the top 12 read posts of 2016. This 2013 post is still popular and comes in at #7.



“Praise the LORD” is the beginning phrase of Pslams 146-150.  Thirty-nine times in these five  Psalms he uses the word “praise” in reference to the LORD.  This has been a frequent theme of the Psalmist.  And it should be a frequent, yes a daily occurrence in our lives.  These Psalms speak of at least seven ways that we Him .

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5 Reasons Why I Don’t Play the Lottery

This January post was not only the 8th most read of 2016, but was shared over 100x on facebook and generated a lot of discussion both pro and con. What’s your view?



“With all of the current hoopla about the Powerball, I’m curious on your take scripturally on the lottery,” wrote Heidi, one of our regular readers.

Heidi adds her thoughts saying, “I know many Christians who don’t see anything wrong with it. I wouldn’t want to risk my soul on getting rich quick. I sure could use the money but even $450 million is not worth losing my soul over.”

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5 Lessons I Learned From Noah and The Ark

Fifteen years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a little book entitled, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. This credo became a phenomenal #1 best seller.  There have been lots of imitations of that “All I really need to Know” idea.

One of my favorites is “Everything I need to know about life I learned from Noah’s ark.”  This “unknown author” says…. Continue reading


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Does God Want America To Be Great Again?

This July post following the Republican National Convention easily made the top 12 most read post and most shared on facebook. Read it carefully. Don’t miss the intent of the message.


Make America Great Again

Last night closed the Republican National Convention with the acceptance speech of the nominee, Donald Trump, and the traditional balloon drop.  His campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, was the Convention theme.

Like many of my Christian brother and sisters, I’m in a bit of conundrum regarding this election and the decision whether to even vote. I can’t say this week has moved me any closer. And I doubt next week’s Democratic convention will either.

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