It was the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended, At that time it was said to be the “war to end all wars” because of the great slaughter and destruction.
While the Treaty of Versailles was not signed until seven months later, November 11th became known as Armistice Day, and was proclaimed as such by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.
Known today as Veterans Day, we recognize and celebrate those who have served in the military, both the living and the dead. Continue reading
Last night’s leadership class at Manslick Road focused on the topic of attitude.
One of the students in the class related a study that concluded people who are often considered “lucky” by others, really just have a better attitude. And people who consider themselves unlucky, actually have a poor attitude.
It reminded me of this neat story. Continue reading
COVID-19 has altered our lives in so many ways. And none more profoundly for pastors, preachers, and churches than the impact on our worship services.
All of my spring and summer meetings were canceled. In fact, most churches did not even assemble in their meeting houses for several weeks. During our travels to Montana and back to Florida, we were privileged to preach several Sundays at various congregations. Yet, it wasn’t quite the same. Continue reading
As Willie Nelson sings, we’re “on the road again.” We’re on the way to Louisville, Kentucky, where I’m holding a meeting at the Masnlick Road Church. This is my first post-COVID-19 meeting. And it’s the first for the Manslick brethren. So, we solicit your prayers for a safe and successful week.
Following this, we have meetings and preaching appointments in Shelbyville, TN, Lexington, KY. Brownsburg, IN, Cosby TN. and then back to Florida for a meeting at the Coulter Rd church in Brandon in November. You may click here for specifics on our Fall Schedule. Continue reading
This is the final day of our annual anniversary blogging break. Here’s a post from 5 years ago that will hopefully offer some a seed for some serious reflection on this Lord’s Day.
American author David W. Augsburger whose works revolve around Christianity once wrote, “An open ear is the only believable sign of an open heart.”
This principle is important in all of our relationships. In our families. Communities. And professions. Openness is also vital in spiritual relationships. On this Lord’s Day it is important that we enter into worship with an attitude of openness.
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With all the problems and stress in the world today, it’s time for a lighter topic. Today, I’m reblogging this 3-year-old post and hopefully, it will put a smile on your face.
Several years ago Dr. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertforshire in England did a serious study to determine the world’s funniest joke. Over 40,000 jokes were submitted. Rated. And judged.
The experiment demonstrated that people in different parts of the world have varying tastes in humor. Americans like jokes with a character who’s made to look stupid. New Zealanders, Australians and Brits prefer jokes involving word play. Germans had no preference in jokes.
But, here’s the joke that won first place regardless of gender, geography or age.
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As America remembers 9-11 on its 19th anniversary, here’s a post from two years ago reminding us of some things we should never forget.
Seventeen years ago we were living in Spring Hill, TN. And I was preaching for the Jackson Heights church in Columbia. As I was preparing to leave for the office Norma Jean hollered for me to come into the family room. “A plane has hit one of the twin towers,” she yelled in disbelief.
Like millions of Americans we were stunned as we watched another plane hit the 2nd tower. Then the Pentagon was hit. Soon there was a report of the crash in PA. Later we learned of the heroism that prevented another catastrophic strike.
That day I did not go to the office.
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We’re reblogging some past posts this week while we’re on our annual anniversary trip. This one from 8 years ago still speaks to a deep human need. I hope you find it helpful.
Robert Jeffress wrote in his fine book “Choose your Attitudes, Change your Life” “Guilt is one of the most debilitating of human emotions. It wreaks destruction in our relationships and our spiritual lives. It is also a major cause of depression”
Jeffress is right. Guilt accuses. Guilt condemns. Guilt convicts. Guilt is mentally draining. Physically demanding. And spiritually disastrous.
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Good morning from Cocoa Beach. We’re continuing our annual anniversary blogging break, but sharing some past posts for your encouragement. I hope you find this one on faith from 2014 edifying.
Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet, playwright, and novelist. He is credited with a quote that has become a part of the public domain.
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Since Wilde lived in the 19th century, I wonder what he would think today?
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We are taking our annual anniversary blogging break and reblogging some past posts. Here’s one that’s always relevant from 4 years ago today. May it provide help. Hope. And encouragement.
The 17th century author and theologian, Thomas Fuller, lamented, “We are born crying, live complaining and die disappointed.”
“Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, and old age a regret” opined the 19th century British statesman and Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli.
Noted for his wit, word play and short stories, William Syndey Porter, known by his pen name O’Henry quipped, “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles.” Then he added, “With sniffles predominating.”
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