Henry Ward Beecher was an American minister and social reformer known for his support of the abolition of slavery.
Beecher tells the story of a man who once came to their house and confronted his father, regarding a personal grievance with him. The young man in Beecher’s words was “ red with wrath” and boiling over with rage.” His father “listened to him with great attention and perfect quietness until he had got it all out, and then he said to him in a soft and low tone, ‘Well, I suppose you only want what is just and right?’” Continue reading
This week begins our VBS at Wellandport. Excitement is in the air. And theme decorations are adorning the classrooms, thanks to the creativity of Sherry Stephens and her helper husband, Mike.
The keyword this week is power. The children will be studying the theme WOW: Did Jesus really do that? They will learn about Jesus’ power over needs, nature, problems, sickness and Satan. They will learn about his miracles, ministry and mission on earth. Continue reading
Remember Rachel Dolezal? She made national news a few years ago when she had to resign as President of the NAACP in Spokane, WA.
You see Rachel was born in Lincoln County, Montana, to Caucasian parents. But at some point in her life, she decided that she identified more as a “black” person than a “white” person. So, she altered her appearance and pursued a course in life associated with the African-American culture. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I enjoyed communion with the brethren in Wellandport, Ontario, Canada, where we will be based for the summer.
We typically use the word “communion” to refer to the Lord’s supper, as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 10:16. While the procedure for the communion service is a bit different with the Canadian brethren, the message and meaning was unchanged. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I visited the West Citrus Church in Crystal River, Florida. It was my pleasure to fill in and speak during the Bible class period, but our real blessing was listening to a lesson by one of their members, Jim Underwood.
Jim began his sermon by reading the words of this country song by singer and songwriter Chris Stapleton.
Daddy don’t pray anymore
I guess he’s finished talking to the lord
He used to fold his hands and bow his head down to the floor
But daddy don’t pray anymore Continue reading
Yesterday was an emotional day for us at West Main. Although next Sunday is our last Sunday, yesterday the sisters hosted a farewell party for us. With next weekend being the Memorial Day holiday, this worked well for all of us.
It was an afternoon filled with laughter and some tears. Hugs and handshakes. Funny stories. Parting gifts. Lovely cards. Delicious desserts. And most of all the special feeling of kinship that was in the air. Continue reading
Kent Crockett illustrates a joyful attitude with the story about a man who walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards. The dog appeared to be winning.
“That must be a very smart dog,” the man commented.
“He ain’t so smart,” said one of the players. “Every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail!” Continue reading