February 9, 2023 · 9:58 pm
“The Good News concerning salvation is not only what we can be saved from, but what we are saved for,” affirmed Andy Cantrell as he presented the closing lesson at The Florida College Lectures last night.
This observation seemed a particularly fitting summation, not only of the week’s theme, “A Life Worthy of the Gospel,” but Thursday’s lecture focus. Joy, peace, comfort and hope were the four qualities addressed which spoke to the fruit of the gospel that should be manifest in our lives. Qualities in which we ought to be abounding and excelling Continue reading →
February 9, 2023 · 4:09 am
This week we are attending the annual Florida College Lectures. And while we are profiting from the lessons, we are enjoying the fellowship and renewing our friendship with so many from bygone years.
In fact the Wednesday morning lectures, actually addressed the importance of our relationships with one another. As Bible Chair Jason Longstreth enunciated in the book the Wednesday lectures will be focused on “our fellowship in the gospel.” The theme, “A Life Worthy of the Gospel, will be “explored through the lens of humility, unity, relationships and correction.” Continue reading →
February 7, 2023 · 10:24 pm
I love the theme of 2023 Florida College Lectures, “A Life Worthy of the Gospel.” It’s personal. Practical. And powerfully penetrating.
As explained by Bible Chair, Jason Longstreth, in the Preface to the lecture book, the evening lectures are “designed to help us examine the priority, distinctiveness, and fullness of the gospel.”
The day time lectures emphasize a specific area of application. Yesterday, the focus was “our thoughts, preaching, prayer and daily life.” While we were unable to attend all of these lectures, here are a few highlights quoted from the manuscripts in the lecture book. Continue reading →
February 7, 2023 · 5:30 am
This week Norma Jean and I are attending the Florida College Lectures in Temple Terrace, Florida. It’s my 56th consecutive year to attend this annual event.
This year’s theme is “A Life Worthy of the Gospel.” It’s generally based on studies from the Macedonian epistles. And specifically Paul’s exhortation in Philippians 1:27 “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
Last night following 30 minutes of soul stirring, spirit lifting singing, Todd Chandler delivered a masterful and compelling keynote address entitled “Only Live Worthy of the Gospel: The Priority of the Gospel.” Continue reading →
February 11, 2022 · 6:24 am
Norma Jean and I have enjoyed a rich and rewarding week at the Florida College Annual Lectures.
This unique series of lessons that used the Exodus from Egypt as a paradigm of God’s redemptive plan for all of humanity was interesting, insightful, and at times challenging. Also, we experienced a wonderful reunion and fellowship with many of our friends from all around the country, as well as making new friends
Last night’s lecture by Bible Chair Tom Hamilton spoke of “The New Exodus and the Final Exodus.” In brief summary, Tom offered six parallels that speak to us today. Continue reading →
February 9, 2022 · 5:09 am
“The exodus from Egypt is the most significant event in Israel’s history,” asserted Andrew Dow in his lecture “The Sacrifice of the Lamb” at the Florida College Annual Lectures yesterday morning.
It’s difficult to disagree with Andrew’s affirmation.
A Jewish father in the first century is telling his sons the annual narrative of Israel’s release from Egyptian bondage 1400 years earlier. The story has been passed on from grandfather, to father, and to his sons. Continue reading →
February 8, 2022 · 5:11 am
“Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice?” cynically retorted the Egyptian Pharaoh. (Ex. 5:1).
This was in response to Jehovah’s messenger, Moses, who came with the command, “Let My people go.”
Who is the Lord? Well, Pharoah was about to find out in a dramatic, life-changing fashion. The ten plaques the Lord rained down upon the Egyptians was an “in your face” denunciation of their false gods. And a demonstration of His power. Continue reading →
May 14, 2021 · 5:14 am
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 →
May 13, 2021 · 7:06 am
“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 →
May 12, 2021 · 7:24 am
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 →