Category Archives: Discipleship

Who Is My Neighbor?

“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

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A Passage To Ponder: Luke 24:13-35

Sad. Sorrowful. Somber.

Disappointed. Despondent. Dejected.

Heavyhearted. Heartbroken. Hopeless.

These words all describe Cleopas and his friend who walked seven miles to the village of Emmaus from Jerusalem.

You can almost see their slumped shoulders as they wearily plod along the road talking about the unprecedented events of the past three days. Continue reading

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‘Sex over religion’: Legal scholars discuss America’s shifting religious freedom landscape

The above headline from The Christian Post caught my attention this morning.

CP contributor Emily Wood, reported on a recent virtual event hosted by the Religious Freedom Institute featuring legal experts in the area of religious freedom. The panel discussed the shifting religious landscape in the United States and voiced their concerns “about the impact of the nation’s increasing religious disaffiliation on the First Amendment” that has evolved over the past two decades. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Because He Lives

“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying” (Matt. 28:6). So, began Friday’s post from my friend, Roger Shouse, quoting the Angelic messenger at Jesus’ empty tomb.

After observing 5 facts from this verse, Roger reminds us of the practical, life-changing implications of the empty tomb that not only makes every day bearable but makes it a blessing. A reason for living Continue reading

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Predicting the Future

Last night the Baylor Bears scored a stunning and convincing 86-70 victory over the undefeated “Team of Destiny,” the Gonzaga Bulldogs to claim the NCAA men/s basketball championship.

Gonzaga was a five-point favorite by the oddsmakers and the choice by most of the sports analysts. However, the Bears dominated from the beginning, and it never felt close, even when the Zags once narrowed the margin to 9 points. Continue reading

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Making The Old New

“What’s new?” a friend good-naturedly asks.

“Nothing, really. Just the same old same old,” comes the hackneyed, time-worn reply.

The response is suggestive of a life that’s in a rut. Boring. Lifeless. Listless. And mundane. How sad.

Well, today is the day to make a change. Because it’s National “Old Stuff Day” Continue reading

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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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