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Do You Know What Today Is?

A man was reading the newspaper early one morning at the breakfast table. His wife came over to him and patted him on the shoulder. She looked at him, smiled, and said, “I bet you don’t know what today is, do you?”

He looked at her and said, “Of course I know what day it is!” and went back to reading his paper. He didn’t have a clue but was afraid he would upset his wife since she was really sensitive about special occasions.

He thought to himself, “Is it her birthday? That must be it.” So after he got to work he called the florist and had a bouquet of white roses sent to his wife. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Galatians 2:20

“He doesn’t want you better, He wants you deader,” wrote Robert Frazier, who’s billed as a “contemporary Christian artist, musician, and songwriter.”

In part, the lyrics go like this: Continue reading

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A Sobering Warning and Reality

Several years ago the cable television mogul Ted Turner spoke at a banquet in Orlando where he was given an award by the American Humanist Association. During his acceptance speech, he criticized fundamentalist Christianity.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Turner saying that Jesus would probably “be sick at his stomach” over the way his ideas have been “twisted.” Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Discipline

“The most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not,” wrote Thomas L. Huxley.

“It is the first lesson, “Huxley opined, “that ought to be learned and however early a person’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learns thoroughly.”

This week we’re writing about our 2021 theme: “Reaching Forward.” It’s based on this text, written from a Roman prison toward the end of Paul’s life. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Determination

“Some of the world’s greatest men and women have been saddled with disabilities and adversities but have managed to overcome them,” observed author and evangelical leader Ted W. Engstrom

Engstrom offered these illustrations to prove his point.

“Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott.”

“Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan.”

“Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington.” Continue reading

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Reaching Forward–Direction

The late, great Hall of Fame New York Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, was famous not only for his on the field heroics, but his funny off the field quips, which came to be known as Yogi-isms.

He once responded about his witticisms, “I never said most of the things I said.”

After a game, when he was asked about going to a certain restaurant, Yogi responded, “Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore — it’s too crowded.”

Here are a few more. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward–Devotion

Author and minister, Bill Hybels, was once talking with one of his members about some of the “tough topics” he had taught through the years.

Among the difficult lessons he mentioned were hell, money, sex, relational confrontation, and self-discipline.

The member then asked, “Of all the topics you’ve preached on, which has been the hardest to get across?” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Forward

This year one of my Christmas presents was a book written by Dr. David Jeremiah entitled “Forward” with the subtitle “Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow.”

The first thing I do when I receive a new book is look at the table of contents. Then I read the author’s introduction. When I did that, I thought of two things: Continue reading

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Is it Wrong for Churches to Cancel Services?

We are taking our annual holiday blogging break, and reposting the top 10 blogs for 2020 based on reader views. The one came in at #10 and obviously is still very timely on this day with current COVID situations in many states.

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This question raised today reminds me of the old joke about the politician who was asked by a reporter his position on a particular issue.

“Well, there are two ways to look at it,” he responded. Then launched into a lengthy explanation of both views, giving both the pros and cons of the respective positions. He concluded by saying he had friends on both sides of the question.

“But what’s your position?” the reporter pressed.

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Take Off Your Mask

“To mask or not to mask,” that is the question of our time. Not just in society in general, but among Christians and church attendees.

In the past 8 months, we’ve worshiped with 14 different congregations in 9 different states. Each one has approached wearing masks in worship differently. Some churches requested everyone wear a mask. Others didn’t, and very few wore masks. In some places, it was suggested, but not required. In one church there were masks and no masks sections.

To all Christians everywhere we suggest, “Take off your masks.” Continue reading

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