After six grueling hours of vicious taunts, mental torture and physical torment, Jesus cried with a loud voice, breathed his last breath and “yielded His Spirit.” The centurion guards standing by saw he was dead.
Later solders came to break the legs of Jesus and the two criminals, but they said “He is dead.”
The women standing at the foot of the cross, including Mary and Mary Magdalene, said, “He is dead.’ Continue reading
Billy Sunday was a 19th century Major League baseball player who became an influential evangelist in the first two decades of the 20th century.
The story is told that a woman approached the preacher following one of his sermons and asked, “I wonder if you can help me? I have an awful habit of exaggerating.”
To the woman’s delight, Sunday acknowledged that he could help. Continue reading
Today Norma Jean and I are worshiping in Branson at the Eagle Rock Church. We’ve visited before. But it’s my first opportunity to preach here.
While I don’t know these brethren, except for their preacher Philip North, looking at their website tells me that we will feel right at home Continue reading
A man was on trial for murder. There was strong circumstantial evidence indicating his guilt, but there was no corpse. So in his closing statement the defense attorney resorted to a trick.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you,” the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. “Within one minute the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom.” Continue reading
In his book, It’s All About The People, Dee Bowman tells a great story about E. J. Nichols from Dickens County, Texas. Dee describes him as “a strong man spiritually.” He says he was “rather rough around the edges but there was a gentleness about him, too.” Continue reading
This morning Norma Jean and I are waking up to colder temperatures. And the possibility of snow. But with a warm feeling in our hearts.
We’re in Portland, Oregon, where we attended the wedding of my former preaching intern, Justin Berss, and Ali Beth Shropshire. Today we will be worshiping with and I will be preaching for the brethren at the 160th Avenue Church of Christ. Continue reading
Grace and Mercy. These two words are often used together in the New Testament.
Detailed definitions are often given in word studies and commentaries about the meanings and differences in grace and mercy. However, my friend and preaching colleague, Ken Green, posted the following on facebook that says it very eloquently. Continue reading