“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism,” once quipped the late Norman Vincent Peale, who was known for his classic “The Power of Positive Thinking.”
Even Peale realized that positive thinking and perpetual praise it is not enough. There are times in our lives when we all need to make changes. Modify our behavior. And make correction in the direction our life is taking. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I worshiped with the brethren at the Valrico church where I taught the Bible class and preached at the morning service.
It was wonderful to return to a church we’ve visited many times in the past and held meetings. I remember when the church began. My parents were a part of the original group when the church was planted. Several of those brethren are still there. Continue reading
If you google the word “abstinence” you will get 18 million hits. While I didn’t check all of them, a quick perusal shows the word is most often used regarding chastity. Especially dealing with teenagers refraining from sexual activity.
One link advertised a mug you could give you your teenagers with the word “abstinence.” The back of the mug offered this definition Continue reading
“There are no such thing as a pattern for a church and Jesus did not build any church.”
I saw the above statement on a recent facebook post. Ironically, it was posted by the administrator of a “church of Christ” facebook group. I can’t get into the mind of the man posting it, but I can get into the Word and learn that there is such a concept as a Biblical pattern. Continue reading
I just caught a brief glimpse of the message that came across my iPhone yesterday afternoon and thought I’d misread it: “Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash.”
Soon I realized it was true. The 41-year-old retired N.B.A. superstar of the Los Angels Lakers had died in a tragic accident. Compounding the tragedy, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, along with 7 other people also perished in the crash. Continue reading
Today is a national holiday in the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although King was born on January 15, we celebrate his legacy on the third Monday in January.
While M. L. King is known for his tireless work in the area of civil rights, the peaceful marches, and his fiery speeches, perhaps he’s best known for his great “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August of 1963. In that 17 minute speech, Dr. King challenged us with these words Continue reading
Several years ago I was studying with a young lady who was a student at the University of South Florida. She was not a Christian, but attending our services and expressing interest.
I always begin Bible Studies with non-Christians by establishing Bible authority, so I asked: “Have you ever taken a philosophy class at USF?”
“Yes,” she nodded.
“Did the professor ever say, ‘There are no absolutes’? inquired. Continue reading
Next to Christmas, the word “merry” may be the most popular and oft-repeated word during this season of the year.
But, do you ever wonder why we wish people, “Happy Birthday,” but instead say, “Merry Christmas”?
According to tradition the expression “Merry Christmas” was first recorded in 1534 when John Fisher, a Catholic bishop wrote a letter to Thomas Cromwell wishing him a “Merry Christmas.” Continue reading
Today, December 9th, is one of the hundreds of unusual, wacky, national holidays promoted on special calendars.
Today is “Weary Willie Day.”
This day is named after the sad-sack, down on his luck clown made famous by Emmett Kelly who was born on this day in 1898. Continue reading
“Watch your step!” is an admonition often given by parents to young children.
Kids can become distracted, lethargic, or passive regarding their surroundings and not be paying attention to potential pitfalls. This is particularly good advice when walking down stairs, hiking a trail with rough terrain or walking through a cow pasture. Continue reading