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Workers Together With God

Tim Hansel in his book Holy Sweat tells a story about Jimmy Durante, one of the great entertainers of a generation ago.

Durante was asked to be a part of a show for World War II veterans. He told them his schedule was very busy and he could afford only a few minutes, but if they wouldn’t mind his doing one short monologue and immediately leaving for his next appointment, he would come. Of course, the show’s director agreed happily. But when Jimmy got on stage, something interesting happened.

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Lessons From Little-Known Heroes of Faith

When we think of Heroes of Faith our minds go to Hebrews 11. We think of Abel. Enoch. Noah. Abraham. Isaac. Jacob. Joseph. Moses. And Joshua. Their stories are well known. We preach sermons about them. And model them as examples of faith to our children in VBS.

However, this morning I am reading about some other faithful heroes.
Epaenetus. Andronicus. Junia. Amplias. Urbanus. And Stachys. Recognize any of them? Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Journey

Well, the journey continues. Or it really begins in earnest. The past two weeks we have been moving from North Texas, helping Kenny move, unpacking, and storing stuff in our storage unit. And, of course, enjoying our four grandchildren here in Florida.

Today, we begin our trek toward Ontario, Canada for the summer. And hope to arrive by Friday. While there has been a good deal of planning into the next several months of our journey, I haven’t come up with a really succinct explanation of what we are doing. Continue reading

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In Memory of Bill Hammontree

Last week while in the midst of moving from North Texas and helping Kenny’s family move from Louisiana, we learned of the passing of our friend Bill Hammontree.

Bill was known to many of our readers either through his association with Florida College, his years of selfless service in Rotary, or his dedication and commitment as a Christian.

As I have been reflecting on his passing this week, it reminds me of how many of my mentors and older friends who have positively influenced my life are putting off this mortal body for the immortal one in eternity. It reminds me that I am also quickly moving in that direction.

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The Pejorative Use of Words

“Words mean things. When you put them together they speak,” once observed Samuel R. Delany, the award-winning Science Fiction author.

Politicians, Political pundits, publishers, poets and of course, preachers make use of words to prove a point, push an agenda, or to provide insight. They may be used to challenge preconceived notions. Continue reading

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Stuff About Stuff

This morning as we finish packing and await Altas Van Lines to move us from North Texas, I’m reminded of the late and well known Texas preacher, Robert Turner, who wrote a column called “Stuff About Things.”

The regular feature, on the back page of his bulletin “Plain Talk” which was published for 20 years, was a potpourri of thoughts, ideas and spiritual lessons from a variety of sources. Later “Stuff About Things” was published in a book, which I remember packing with all my office stuff. It was good stuff. Continue reading

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Memorial Day Memories

“Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out,” once observed the mysterious quoter with the pseudonym, Libbie Fudim.

Indeed memories, “can warm you up from the inside,” as the Japanese author, Haruki Murakami once wrote.

And then one of my favorite quotes by author Kevin Arnold, “Memory is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” Continue reading

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