Category Archives: Discipleship

Are You Truly Free?

We on a short blogging break during the Thanksgiving holiday, so we’re not doing a weekly recap today. But here’s a bonus post from 8 years ago today.


Have you heard about Lindsey Stone?  She’s the Massachusetts woman who posted the above picture of herself on facebook.  As you can see she is making a crude gesture and yelling in front of a sign in Arlington National Cemetery that says, “Silence and Respect.”  Obviously, she is doing neither. The post went viral causing a national controversy.  As a result, Lindsey was fired from her job.

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How To Overcome a Culture of Crassness?

We’re taking a short Thanksgiving blogging break, so here’s a reblogged post from 8 years ago today. It ought to resonate with all of us more than ever.


Crude. Coarse. Crass.  These words often describe our culture today.  It is seen and heard in all segments of our society as people interact in business, sports and politics.  It is evident in the entertainment industry.  And is too often witnessed in the way young people talk to one another.

So what’s the solution to this national epidemic of  abrasive behavior?  It’s a  simple Bible command.  Often overlooked.  Easily ignored.  Difficult to do, sometimes.

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Word of the Week: Grateful


“Lord, help us to be grateful” is often an expression of my appreciation in offering a prayer of thanksgiving.

I like the word “grateful.” Too often it seems “thank you” becomes an overworked, trite, mumbled expression with little thought or feeling. It’s easy to hurriedly utter an unemotional “thanks” and be on our way. Continue reading


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A Message For Hurting Hearts

My late father, Roy Weliever, was a Christian. He served as a Shepherd in the Lord’s church. He was a good provider. A hard worker. A godly example. And a man who loved to share God’s Word with others.

Our post today is based on one of his very favorite passages. It’s highlighted in his Bible. I’ve heard him use it for Wednesday evening talks. And I always think of him when I read it. Continue reading


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Honoring and Remembering Our Veterans


In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as “Armistice Day.”  It was hailed as a day of reflection to honor those who served in the military, both living and dead, at the end of World War I.

While the Treaty of Versailles was not signed until seven months later, the fighting ceased between the Allied nations and Germany on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.

Today we always commemorate this day, known now as “Veterans Day”  on November 11th. Continue reading


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Friday’s List To Live By #15

Today’s list is selected and adapted from a seminary professor by the name of Loren Fischer.

It reminds us of what is really important during perplexing, confusing, and distressing times in our lives. And how God’s Word can help us navigate the challenging issues we face.

It’s simple.  But true. I hope and pray that it helps. Continue reading


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A Trip Down Memory Lane

For the past 5 days, we’ve been in Hendricks County, Indiana, preaching for the church in Brownsburg, which is just West of Indianapolis.

This is the county where I grew up. We lived in the country between Plainfield and Danville. It’s been years since we’ve been here for any length of time, so I told Norma Jean that it was time to take a trip down memory lane. She patiently went along for the ride and listened to my old childhood stories. We drove the roads where I rode my bike and later begin driving a 1953 Chevy. Continue reading


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9 Post-Election Things I Know

“Too Early To Call” was the news caption on key battleground states when I turned off the TV last night.

This morning I awoke to the same caption. Neither President Trump nor Joe Biden has captured enough delegates to truly claim victory. While each is obviously hopeful the outcome still hangs in the balance. It’s still undecided. We don’t know. And may not know for a few days.

The political pundits are perplexed over the unknown factors that have made this election the most unusual in American history. Even the experts don’t know how this is going to end. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Fullness

“Life is short, and we only live once. So how to live life to the fullest and actually live the life you want?, asked communications expert and life coach Anna Chui, “Here are 9 ways you can try,” she suggested. Continue reading

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The Deconversion of Christians

Do you ever miss being a Christian?”

“No,” replied Anthony B. Pinn comfortably.

In an online story by The ChristianPost, Leonardo Blair relates the deconversion of a professor of humanities and religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Deconversion is a strange-sounding new word to Christians. We’re familiar with conversion. But deconversion? It’s defined as a loss of faith or leaving one’s religion for another religion, or no religion at all. Continue reading


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