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Friday’s List To Live By #39

Yesterday, at the Florida College Lectures, Norm Webb, Jr. who’s a gospel preacher as well as a financial advisor with Edward Jones presented an excellent lesson entitled “Rich Toward God: Using Wealth Faithfully for the King.”

His lesson combined the parables of the rich fool and the unrighteous steward. Today’s list, with only some slight modifications, comes from his lecture manuscript where he offered some practical suggestions for money management. 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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A Passage To Ponder: Luke 15

Last night at the Florida College Lectures, Phillip Shumake, presented a lesson from Luke 15, on probably the most famous of Jesus’ parables. Like Phillip and the Dutch artist Rembrandt, whose masterpiece depicted the return of the Prodigal, we also share fascination with this parable.

These parables were precipitated, as Phillip pointed out, by the Pharisees who criticized Jesus and murmured, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” The insinuation and implication is that Jesus associates with sinners because he is one of them. In other words, “birds of a feather flock together.”

In response to their accusations, Jesus told three parables. The lost sheep. The lost coin. And the lost son. Indeed these parable are like “a three act play” that present a unifying theme. All three were lost. And all three were diligently sought. And when they were found rejoicing ensued. Continue reading

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Are We Really Hearing?

Last night we attended the opening session of the Florida College Lectures. The general theme this year is “Never Has a Man Spoken the Way This Man Speaks.” Specifically, it’s dealing with Jesus’ parables.

Edwin Crozier presented the keynote address entitled “How Will You Understand All the Parables? Subtitled “The Parable of the Sower.”
It was masterfully presented in a way that was thought-provoking, challenging, and stimulating. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Hearing

A concerned husband visited a doctor to discuss a problem he believed his wife was experiencing.

“Doc, I think my wife is going deaf. She never hears me the first time I say something.

Well,” said the doctor,  “go home and tonight about 15 from her and say something. If she doesn’t reply, move about 5 feet close and say it again. Keep doing this, so we can determine the severity of her hearing loss.”

That night, he stands bout 15 feet away while she’s in the kitchen chopping up some vegetables, and asks, “Honey, what’s for supper” Continue reading

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“I Am The Resurrection”

“The resurrection of Christ is the climax of all the miracles of Jesus. The other miracles foreshadowed his own resurrection,” affirmed Tommy Peeler last night in the final lesson of the Florida College Lectures.

In a powerful and passionate presentation, Tommy expressed the importance of Jesus’ resurrection to the Christian religion.

The apostle Paul affirmed that the gospel message and our personal faith is founded on the fact of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. A fact confirmed by multitudes of witnesses (1 Cor. 15:1-8). Continue reading

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Where Are the Nine?

 

This week Norma Jean and I are attending the Florida College Lectures. The theme is “The Works No One Else Did,” subtitled “The Miracles of Jesus.”

Monday night, in his keynote address, Phil Robertson pointed out that Jesus’ “miracles were a message,” and “the signs were a sermon.” More than just supernatural events, they visually and dramatically proclaimed to all who saw them something deeper than the sign, a lesson that Jesus was teaching.

Perhaps there is no greater miracle message than when Jesus healed the 10 lepers. In his Tuesday morning lecture, my friend, Brownie Reeves, delivered a lesson based on this account from Luke 17:11-19. Continue reading

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That You May Believe

Last night Norma Jean and I were blessed to attend the opening session of the annual Florida College Lectures.

Phil Robertson delivered a powerful keynote address that emphasized Jesus’ miracles as signs from John’s gospel account. It was a lesson that enlightened us with a unique view regarding the purpose of Jesus’ miracles. It encouraged us to a deeper, stronger faith in the Deity of Jesus. And it inspired us to be more. Do more. And show the world what faith in Jesus really means in our lives. Continue reading

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The Holiness of Sexuality

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“HOLY SEX” were the first two words that Dr. Tom Hamilton, a Florida College professor, uttered yesterday in his lecture “Not in Passion of Lust.”

In the lecture book Tom wrote, “If Christians were honest with themselves, “holy sex” sounds like the greatest of all oxymorons. In any number of church buildings, the word ‘sex’ is yet to be mentioned (unless it is spelled ‘sects’), being considered a taboo topic for public proclamation.” Continue reading

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When The Desire To Be Different Is Wrong

Yesterday in his lesson “What Happens When We Eat the Supper?” at the Florida College Lectures, David Deason related his experience in surveying some of his friends about their practices regarding Communion.

Some said their church takes the Lord’s supper monthly. Some quarterly. Others said they only attend to take communion once or twice a year. Continue reading

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