Category Archives: Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Thanksgiving

This week as we begin preparations to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, this thought expressed by author and lecturer Katrina Mayer is worthy of our serious reflection. “Thanksgiving isn’t just a day. It’s a way we can live our lives every day.”

Mayer reminds us that Thanksgiving is an attitude. A spirit that ought to pervade our lives. Everyday. Robert Caspar Lintner was right when he wrote “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Loyalty

“True Loyalty is ultimately about a relationship,” wrote Lisa Bradner of Forrester Research. “It’s easier to build a relationship with someone than it is with something.”

Christianity is not about our commitment to an ideal, dedication to a religion, or devotion to a philosophy. It’s about loyalty to a person. The Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Pity

“Pity” is a word that often carries a negative connotation in our culture.

We speak of someone having a “pity party” when they are feeling sorry for themselves. Self-pity is not a positive trait to be admired.

In the Bible, we read of those who allowed circumstances to lead them into self-pity, like Jonah, Elijah, and even Moses on one occasion.

Pity can also be construed as a condescending attitude toward another person when we look down upon them with an arrogant, self-righteous, and disdainful attitude.

Yet, pity can be a positive trait to be practiced and praised. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Pleasure

Today, Norma Jean and I are returning home to Florida after a very pleasant and pleasurable time spent in the Smoky Mountains.

We have been blessed in the past 53+ years with many enjoyable experiences. Reflecting on some of these reminds me that the word “pleasure” is often regarded in some Christian circles as suspect. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Kindness

Yesterday Norma Jean and I worshiped with the brethren in Cosby, Tennessee, where I preached at the morning service.

Teaching the Bible class was their preacher, 89-year-old Olie Williamson, who’s sharp, quick-witted, and physically active (Olie played golf Thursday and shot an 80).

Olie and his lovely wife Mary are also some of the kindest, sweetest, and most generous people you will ever meet. So, it seemed fitting his Bible class was about the kindness of King David.

“Was David a Rambo or wimp?” Olie asked to begin class. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Examine

I love the 1950’s story that Jimmy Tuten once told about a 13 yr old boy in a small, southern town who walked into the drug store and asked to use the telephone.

The druggist handed him the phone. And he heard the boy say, “Is this you, Dr. Anderson?”

“Well, I was wondering if you would like to hire a boy to mow your lawn and run errands?

“Oh, you already have a boy?”

“Does he do a good job? He does?” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Submit

Stephen P. Beck relates a time when he was driving down a country road and came to a very narrow bridge. In front of the bridge a sign was posted: YIELD. Seeing no oncoming cars, Beck continued across the bridge to his destination.

On his return, he came to the same one-lane bridge and to his surprise was another YIELD signed posted. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Advice

“Never have more children than you have car windows,” advised the late American humorist Erma Bombeck.

Bombeck achieved popularity for her syndicated newspaper column that humorously described the American home, marriage, relationships and life in general from 1965 to 1996.

The author of 15 books, here’s some additional advice Bombeck offered. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Persistence

Three thousand five hundred fifty(3,550) days ago I published my first blog post. Today WordPress says today’s post is #2800.

What began as a short-term idea during a gap between full-time preaching for local churches, has become a long-lasting ministry.

Posts have been written from almost every state and several countries. We’ve written when we felt like it and when we didn’t. When it was easy and when it was difficult. When thoughts were flowing freely and sometimes when the well was running dry. Continue reading

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WORD OF THE WEEK: Open-mindedness

Last Friday’s post was a tribute to our beloved brother Dee Bowman who passed from this life on Thursday.

The post featured quotes from Dee’s writings and preaching. It received not only an outpouring of appreciation and love for Dee but reminded several readers of other quotes Dee was famous for saying.

My daughter, Rachél, recalls a time when Dee came to Columbia, Tennessee, for a meeting at the Jackson Heights Church. She was in her early teens at the time and was captivated by Dee’s powerful preaching and personal magnetism. Continue reading

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