Category Archives: Discipleship

The Devil Desires You

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

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A Passage To Ponder: 2Thessalonians 3:1-5

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


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Friday’s List To Live #48

“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


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Word of the Week: Liberty

On this final day of our July 4th weekend blogging break, here’s a post from 5 years that I wish could go viral. It is much needed in today’s culture.


 Statue of Liberty

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

We recognize these words, written by Thomas Jefferson, from the Declaration of Independence, issued 240 years ago today. On America’s birthday we celebrate our freedom and revel in our liberty. We love the feeling of liberty.

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Freedom

We’re taking the July 4th week off from blogging, but here’s a reblog from a post 5 years ago that reminds us about true freedom.


Seed Thoughts

As we approach the day of celebration in the United States for our Independence, we give thanks for the freedom we enjoy that has blessed our lives in so many ways.

While we often reflect upon the personal, economic, and social aspects of freedom, let us ever grateful for the freedom of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment to our U.S. Constitution.

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I’m taking a short blogging break over the July 4th weekend. But here’s a post from 6 years ago that speaks to our country’s pressing problems and spiritual needs even more so today than when it was written.


July 4 2015

I’m feeling a bit melancholy on this Saturday morning.

I probably shouldn’t feel this way, but I do. It’s a beautiful beginning to the day. It’s a very pleasant 60 degrees on my back porch. The sun is shining. Birds are chirping. Squirrels are scampering about the woods behind us. The deer are enjoying their morning “salt lick.” And the coffee is good.

Why don’t I feel in a celebratory mood?

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Children of Light “Wake Up”

In what was described by 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


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“Who Can Be Against Us?”

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

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Encountering Obstacles

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


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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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