Category Archives: Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Integrity

Last Thursday evening Norma Jean and I were privileged to attend the Florida College Leadership Dinner and hear former Vice-President Mike Pence share a message about servant-leadership.

Mr. Pence spoke of qualities that have served him well as he’s navigated the world of business and politics. From his humble beginnings growing up in a small Indiana town, to a seat in Congress, to the Governors’ mansion in Indiana, to the Vice Presidency, Mr. Pence emphasized the importance of faith, family and service. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Brotherly Affection

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives,” penned C. S. Lewis in The Four Loves.

In this book Lewis summarizes the four types of human love as he views them from a Christian perspective. Family love. Friendship love. Romantic love. And unconditional “God love.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Legacy

This past weekend I have been privileged to be a part of the Legacy Weekend with Max Dawson at the Campbell Road Church in Garland, Texas (in the Dallas area).

Rickie Jenkins serves as both a preacher and one of the Shepherds for this vibrant church along with a fine young preacher, Jordan Shouse.

On Sunday morning Rickie reflected on his 30+ years with this church which has been in existence for 60 years. The church has grown significantly through the years and numbers today around 400. But their strength is not in their numbers but in their spiritual development. Their discipleship. Their relationship with one another and the Lord. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Godliness

“Suppose you have a sponge and a pitcher of Pepsi. If you dip your sponge in the Pepsi and squeeze it, what’s going to come out?,” asks Derrick Tuper.

“ 7-Up?”

“No, when you squeeze a sponge soaked in Pepsi, Pepsi is going to come out.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Persevere

While on our annual anniversary blogging break last week, I enjoyed reading two books. Both about running.

The first, “Lessons Learned on the Run,” by David Kempston, a trial lawyer who is a self-described “middle of the pack runner.” Kempston’s book was a joy to read as he related how the “sport embodies life.”

Kempston observed that running “requires effort and endurance.” It teaches one to push on through adversity and trials, through both victory and defeat Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Self-Control

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb to the peak and conquer Mount Everest was once asked by an interviewer about his passion for mountain climbing. To which he offered this insightful reply. “It’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.”

Hillary’s response is reminiscent of a quote by the 17th-century Russian monarch Peter the Great who once lamented, “I have been able to conquer an empire, but I have not been able to conquer myself.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Knowledge

Norma Jean and I have recently returned from a trip to Ontario, Canada. We drove 4,000 miles. During the entire time, I used a GPS.

My #1 GPS choice is WAZE. But occasionally, I would use Google maps. Or Apple. And once in a while the GPS on my Ford Expedition.

The GPS mapped the way for us to arrive at our destination. It provided the most direct route. When obstacles such as road closures, traffic jams, or road construction occurred, the GSP either offered us a brief detour or advised us to stay the course because the slowdown would be brief. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Cooperation

The retired Radio and TV personality, Charles Osgood, known for his daily radio commentary “The Osgood Files,” once shared this poignant story.

Two ladies who lived in a convalescent center had each suffered an incapacitating stroke. Margaret’s stroke left her left side restricted, while Ruth’s stroke damaged her right side. Both of these ladies were accomplished pianists but had given up hope of ever playing again. Continue reading

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Having a Heart For God: Caring

This week I’m teaching the adult class for the Wellandport VBS. They’re using the Shaping Hearts for God Series, “Having a Heart For God.” It’s centered around the narrative of King David.

When you think of David, what qualities come to mind? Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Priorities

I recently read about two men who were coaches in the National Football League. Both won two Super Bowls. Both are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Both were considered winners in their profession. But each had different life priorities.

The first was a college coach, but when he became a head coach in the NFL he divorced his wife of 26 years saying that he no longer needed “the social prop of a spouse” which was helpful in recruiting college players. He said that winning football games was his #1 priority in life. And his two sons were #2 Continue reading

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