Yesterday Norma Jean and I visited the Ellisville Church of Christ in the St. Louis area. We were blessed to worship with some wonderful brethren and hear a fine lesson by Ryan Boyer and be led in an insightful study of Biblical poetry.
Ryan illustrated how the poetry adds colorful dimension to the facts of the Bible by comparing Exodus chapter 14 and 15. Continue reading
This week finds Norma Jean and me in Nashville, Tennessee, where I’m preaching in a meeting for the Kemper Heights church. We’ve been here many times before, so it’s enjoyable to return and see many friends we’ve known from years ago.
Yesterday morning I presented a lesson entitled “Becoming Like Christ.” My study took me to this passage in Romans 8:29. Continue reading
Normally our word of the week is a positive, uplifting and encouraging word. However, since today is April 1st, known in the United States as “April Fool’s Day, let’s consider the word “fool.”
It reminds me of a great story told about the famous 19th century American Evangelist D. L. Moody. He was known for his preaching campaigns which attracted large and enthusiastic crowds. They were also attended by hecklers who vehemently disagreed with his preaching.
In the final service of one meeting, an atheist who had been heckling Moody the entire campaign sent him a note by one of the ushers just as he was approaching the lectern. Continue reading
In his best selling classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey offers this insight.
“Most people are deeply scripted in what I call the Scarcity Mentality. They see life as having only so much, as though there were only one pie out there. And if someone were to get a big piece of the pie, it would mean less for everybody else.” Continue reading
Yesterday it was our pleasure to worship with and preach for the brethren at the Low Country Church in Goose Creek, South Carolina, where my friend Steve Brewer ministers.
As is often the case when we visit various congregations, I leave feeling like I received more than I gave. Yesterday was no exception. The Brethren warmly welcomed us with the right hand of fellowship. And some hugs. The atmosphere was encouraging. It felt like a family who truly enjoyed being together.
The Bible class taught by Ricardo Perry on the “Life of Christ” was especially insightful. Thought-provoking. And spiritually relevant. The focus of the class was we should be like Christ. Continue reading
Yesterday I preached and taught the Bible class for the brethren in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Since most of the congregation are only fluent in Spanish, and I’m only fluent in English, we needed a translator. Thus, I was able to speak so they could understand.
Several times this week I needed to communicate something, and it was difficult when a translator was not available. Words were spoken. But there was no understanding. Continue reading
This week Norma Jean and I are in San José, Costa Rica.
It is the home of one of my former preaching interns, Gabe Chaves. We’ve wanted to come for a long time to meet Gabe’s family, worship with the brethren in Alajuela, and see their beautiful country. By God’s grace, this is now a reality.
Numerous brethren in the United States have enjoyed fellowship with the Costa Rican brethren for many years. More recently among them are Kenny Moorer, Kerry Keenan, Ken Embry and Jack Gagle. Everyone who has visited here speaks highly of these brethren. Now I know why. Continue reading