Did you know that today is the birthday of the universe? Well, I didn’t either until I was reading “On This Day in History.”
In the 17th century a German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, claimed that the universe was born on April 27th, 4977 B.C. Kepler is considered a founder of modern science. He’s best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets. He was also a contemporary of the Italian astronomer, Galileo. Continue reading
A father asked his Son, “If three frogs were sitting on a limb that hung over a pond, and one frog decided to jump how many frogs would be left?”
The little boy grinned and said, “That’s easy, Dad. Two.” Continue reading
Here’s a post from the past for all of our new readers. And I hope our long time readers profit from reading it again. Have a great day!
The geographical heart of 19th century London was Charing Cross. Locals just referred to it as “the Cross.” There is a great story that circulated among evangelical preachers of that time about “the Cross.”
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Our theme for 2017, where I preach at the West Main Church , is LOVE MORE. GIVE MORE. This blog that I wrote 5 years ago adds to that narrative. I hope our new readers will enjoy it. And that our long time readers from those early days will profit from reflecting on it again.
If you have children, you have seen “Beauty and the Beast.” In fact you probably own a copy! For those not into fairy tales, “The “Beast” is a Prince who could not love and was placed under a spell. In order to turn back into a Prince, he had to win the love of another and return it before his twenty-first birthday. But who could love a grotesque beast? Well, this is where the lovely Belle, a girl from a small French town who is dissatisfied with life, enters the picture.
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This morning I’m up early. Earlier than usual. Too early. But in the quietness of the early morning darkness, with a hot cup of coffee, several events are racing through my mind.
The milestone birthday of my wife, Norma Jean. The recent passing of our beloved Aunt Selma. Attendance at the Florida College lectures. Our move last year to North Texas. The kindness and love expressed by our new Church Family. Continue reading
George Matheson, born in 1842, was a Scottish minister and hymn writer. In his teenage years Matheson was diagnosed with a disease that would render him blind by age 20.
However, he was undeterred by this potential setback. Determined to get an education, Matheson entered the University of Glasgow and graduated with honors.
While engaged to be married, his fiancée returned the engagement ring with this note: “I cannot see my way clear to go through life bound by the chains of marriage to a blind man.” Heart-broken by her rejection, Matheson never married.
The hurt of his unrequited love was something from which he never completely recovered. When his sister married, the ceremony painfully reminded George of his lost love. As always, he turned to God’s love for comfort and consolation. So, on June 6, 1882, George Matheson penned these words that Albert L. Peace later set to music.
We may sometimes feel like the story Mark Smith told about his son in a Reader’s Digest article.
“Like many high school seniors, my son was filling out college-scholarship applications. One form asked for extracurricular activities.
He answered: “wrestling.”
The next question requested “positions held.” Continue reading