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God’s Wisdom vs Human Wisdom

There’s an old story about a little girl who proudly wore a shiny cross on a chain around her neck. One day she was approached by a man who said to her,

“Little girl, don’t you know that the cross Jesus died on wasn’t beautiful like the one you’re wearing? It was an ugly, wooden thing.”

She was surprised by the stranger’s affront.  But then quickly replied: Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Diligence

“I hated shining shoes in Basic Training,” recalls Nebraska preacher John Telgren.

“There were other things I would rather be doing.” John said “instead of sitting on the floor with a brush and mounds of cotton balls stained with black Kiwi shoe polish. If our boots and dress shoes were not perfect we paid for it dearly.”

He relates a story where one of the guys in his unit discovered a product called “Shine Sponge” that was supposed to produce an effortless shine just by applying the product with a sponge. Almost everyone tried it and it produced “almost an unearthly shine” on their footwear. Continue reading

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What Can the Righteous Do?

Next month the USA will be celebrating its 246th birthday. Celebrate, however, is not a word right now that’s on our lips or in our hearts.

Since May 14th there have been three mass shootings that have made the news. The attack at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY that left 10 dead. The horrific attack on an elementary school in Uvalde, TX that took the lives of 19 little children and two teachers. Then yesterday an attack at a medical center that left 4 dead and many injured.

Furthermore, there is the obvious moral decline in America today that seems to be increasing at an alarming rate in the past two decades. There is an increase in various addictions, violent crime in our major cities, riots, suicide, and sexual and gender confusion. Continue reading

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Is “Your Church” a “Red Door” Church?

Nancy Kennedy, religious writer for our local Citrus County Chronicle recently wrote a column entitled “Red Door Churches” that caught my eye.

Kennedy relates touring a new meeting house of a church that had red doors. She learned that traditionally and historically, dating back to the medieval day that churches had red doors.

While the red door was symbolic of Jesus’ blood shed on the cross, thus reminding us of salvation in Christ, it also had a cultural significance. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Discipleship

“People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy,” once quipped the 18th-century Anglo-Irish essayist, playwright, and poet Oliver Goldsmith.

In an age of extreme individualism that sets oneself as the standard, that parrots such expressions as “I must live for myself,” or “I must be true to myself,” and “I can only know what is right and wrong for me,” Goldsmith’s observation finds modern-day application. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Relationships

“No one undertakes a journey alone. We depend upon others constantly–in ways both tangible and intangible–to move us toward our destination,” observes John Maxwell in his little book Relationships 101.

“We cannot succeed without the help of others, but forming positive relationships can be a challenge,” Maxwell opines. This is true in business. In politics. In sports. In the home. And in the church. Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Near The Cross. But Far From Christ.

For almost 3 years we published this column “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming. Here’s one of those posts. If you wish to access other posts from that column, click on the category listing

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“Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” is one of the most popular hymns written by Fanny  Crosby.  Blinded in infancy by a Doctor’s negligence, Crosby was influenced by a godly grandmother and inspired by the famous poet William Cullen Bryant when she was a student at the New York Institute for the Blind.

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A Passage To Ponder: Acts 20:17-37

This week we’re taking a blogging break and reblogging some past posts. This one from 3 years ago speaks to the important work of those who serve as Shepherds in the Church.

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Leadership guru John Maxwell often says,“Everything rises and falls on leadership.”

And what is leadership? Maxwell defined it this way. “After more than four decades of observing leadership within my family and the many years of developing my own leadership potential, I have come to this conclusion: Leadership is influence. That’s it. Nothing more; more less. My favorite leadership proverb is “He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.”

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What’s Tattooed On Your Mind?

I’m on a blogging break while we’re enjoying some R &R in Breckenridge, CO. But here’s a reblog from 2016 about a very important topic that can’t be overemphasized.

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Thinking_ManIn his book, Power of the Plus Factor, Norman Vincent Peale relates this story.

Once walking through the twisted little streets of Kowloon in Hong Kong, I came upon a tattoo studio. In the window were displayed samples of the tattoos available.

On the chest or arms you could have tattooed an anchor or flag or mermaid or whatever.
But what struck me with force were three words that could be tattooed on one’s flesh, Born to lose.

I entered the shop in astonishment and, pointing to those words, asked the Chinese tattoo artist, “Does anyone really have that terrible phrase, Born to lose, tattooed on his body?”

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Word of the Week: Encourage

We’re taking a blogging break this week while enjoying some R &R time following our meeting in Aurora, CO. So, we will reblog some past posts. This one from 2013 is always relevant. BTW, this is the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut into MLB..

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 This year is the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color-barrier to become the first African-American to play Major league baseball.   The release of the move “42″ and other MLB events have paid tribute to Robinson’s achievements.

His first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers was brutal.  Jackie faced hatred nearly everywhere he traveled. Pitchers threw fastballs at his head. Runners spiked him on the bases.  Ugly insults were hurled from the stands.  And opposing dugouts.  Even the home crowds in Brooklyn taunted him at times.

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