Since we are only a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico, we were tracking two tropical storms, Marco and Laura, heading toward the Gulf in the past week.
Marco fizzled. But Laura turned westward from us, increased to a category 4 and slammed the southern Louisiana coast. Lake Charles was hit hard.
While not as destructive as predicted, the worse storm to hit the state since 1856 has disrupted lives. Flooded homes. Damaged property. And at least 14 people have died.
Yet during this time, there have been many other storms. Perhaps you have been in one of them. Continue reading
“The name of Jesus is not so much written as plowed in the history of the world,” once wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson.
When the angel appeared to Joseph and said Mary had conceived a child of the Holy Spirit, He instructed, “You shall call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins.” Yet, there are over 200 names, titles, and designations for Jesus in the Bible that attest to his greatness, prominence, and Preeminence. Continue reading
Today when we come to communion, we come to the cross. A song is sung. A passage read. Often we’re asked to remember Jesus and visualize Him hanging on the cross.
While we glamorize, romanticize, and celebrate the cross, the crucifixion was a shameful, humiliating, and painful means of capital punishment for the worst of criminals.
However, it’s also good to remember there were three crosses on Golgotha’s hill that day. Each has a message for us. Continue reading
As we prepare to go to church services this morning, the admonition of the late Bill Fiest from a 1996 Florida College Lecture, is worth our serious reflection and thoughtful consideration. Continue reading
“The message of the cross was perplexing to Jews and Gentiles alike–a scandalous stumbling block to the Jews and a meaningless act of self-sacrifice to the Gentiles,” writes Mark Templer in the Cross of the Savior.
“But to us as Christians, it is power and wisdom of God, the focal point of our faith. It is the light that shines in our darkest night. It is the hope that keeps us sane when all are losing their heads. It is our lifeline when we are drowning in the muck. It is our only hope in a dark and sinful world, Templer affirms. Continue reading
Today’s seed thought is based on some observations made by Charles Spurgeon from Galatians 5:1. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free.”
“This ‘liberty’ makes us free to heaven’s charter—the Bible.”
In the writing style of his day, he offers these wonderful insights “You are a welcome guest at the table of the promises. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stories of grace. It is the bank of heaven; you may draw from it as much as you please…Come in faith and you are welcome to all covenant blessings.” Continue reading
W. A. Criswell tells a story about the Duke of Wellington once attending a small church in England. It was their custom to come to the front and kneel down to receive communion. The Duke, who had just been honored as a hero in the battle of Waterloo, came forward and knelt down.
About the same time, a poor ragged old man came down from the other side of the building and knelt beside the Duke. Immediately a deacon came up behind the old man, gently placed a hand on his shoulder, and quietly whispered for the man to move farther away from the Duke. Or to rise and wait until the Duke had taken communion Continue reading
A small boy was overheard to say, “Father’s day is just like Mother’s Day…only you don’t spend as much on a gift.“
To which one dad quipped, “What gift?”
Now this is not “sour grapes.” Father’s Day is just not as big a deal as Mother’s Day. Church attendance is greater on Mother’s day than Father’s Day. Before the days of cell phones it was documented that more long distance calls were made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. But more collect calls were made on Father’s day than any other day of the year! Continue reading
“When I keep my thoughts positive and my words affirmative, I create an environment that produces positive action. I become the fertile ground for abundant good to manifest,” wrote the authors of Daily Word.
“Into the matrix of spiritual substance, I plant seed thoughts… Seeds of light fill me with new insights…Seeds of love show up in my world as harmony and peace.” Continue reading
Today, I’m thinking about the needless blood that has been shed in our country. Blood shed by criminals. Blood shed by rioters and looters. Blood shed accidently and inadvertently. And sadly blood shed by reckless, rouge and sometimes racist cops.
We often lament that an innocent person’s life was taken. I understand the context of that statement. We’re saying he didn’t deserve to die in that situation. However, there was only ONE person who actually died an innocent death. He was Jesus of Nazareth. Continue reading