Our Wednesday evening Bible class at the West Citrus Church is studying the beatitudes.
Last night we studied “Blessed are the persecuted…” We noted that conflict between Christians and the world is inevitable because there has always been conflict between God and satan.
With that, someone said, “Well, a lot of people don’t believe in the devil.” Continue reading
Several years ago a Missouri preacher, Steve Shepherd, related a story about a woman who was in the grips of severe depression.
She felt helpless. Hopeless. And afraid. For weeks she wept constantly. She didn’t want to be left alone for fear she would take her own life. When she went to bed, she hoped she would never wake up.
Her Bible Study class intervened and purposed what they called “The Brave Christian’s experiment.” In desperation, the woman decided to try this plan which basically called for God to be at the center of one’s life.
The plan consisted of these five steps. Continue reading
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking,” opined General George S. Patton.
Disagreements in life are inevitable. My Florida College Bible teacher, the late Edgar Srygley once quipped, “Where two or three are gathered together….you’re going to have a problem.”
Today’s list offers 7 tips on how to disagree without being disagreeable. Continue reading
In what was described by LifeSiteNews.com as a “barn burner speech,” Senator Ted Cruz called for churches, preachers, and pastors in America “to wake up.”
Cruz, who recently spoke in Kissimmee, Florida at the annual conference hosted by the Faith & Freedom Coalition, excoriated religious leaders who fail to defend Christian morals and values.
“If we are going to defeat the woke assault, then all of us need to wake up,” the staunch conservative exhorted.
“The slumbering Church needs to wake up…,” Cruz continued. “We need to wake up. We need to energize. We need to engage….” Continue reading
A Canadian preacher, Stephen Sheane, tells a story from two centuries ago about a military officer and his wife who were aboard a ship caught in a raging ocean storm.
Seeing the frantic look in her eyes, the man tried unsuccessfully to allay her fears. Suddenly she grasped his sleeve and cried, “How can you be so calm?”
He stepped back a few feet and drew his sword. Pointing it at her heart, he asked, “Are you afraid of this?” Continue reading
It’s funny. Sorta.
Last night I preached a lesson on “Overcoming Obstacles.” This morning I’m encountering various obstacles in publishing today’s blog post. Not the least of which has been my wifi connectivity.
“Life is difficult,” are the first three words of M. Scott Peck in his book “The Road Less Traveled.” I supposed you could add, “Then life gets more difficult.” Continue reading
“Few parables challenge us more than this simple story, commonly known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan,” opined Dennis Allan in yesterday’s Florida College Lectures.
This parable basis was Jesus’ response to a Jewish religious leader who was testing Jesus and trying to trap him.
“What shall I do to inherit eternal life? he questioned Continue reading