Several years ago when I was preaching at the Hickman Mills church in Kansas City, I was canvassing the nearby neighborhood, passing out flyers inviting our neighbors to a Gospel Meeting.
I knocked on one door and the gentleman enthusiastically invited me to come in, which was unusual. He talked for a minute, then he said I want to show you something. He ran down the hallway and returned with some papers he wanted me to read. Continue reading
Last night it was my privilege to speak and lead a devotion for Florida College students many of whom attend Temple Terrace Church of Christ. What a wonderful, receptive and engaging group of young people.
I was asked to discuss the call of Abraham and the offering of Isaac recorded in Genesis 12:1-4 and 22:1-14. We wanted to approach these narratives not just as a historical account or an academic exercise, but as an example that is practical, personal and relevant to our daily lives. Continue reading
Leadership guru John Maxwell says that ‘most people settle into one of three areas: survival, success, or significance.”
He explains that some folks are struggling in life. They may be scrambling just to keep their head above water financially. Other people are doing well. They’re working hard to have a better life. They’ve reached a level of stability in life that the world calls them successful. Continue reading
“The resurrection of Christ is the climax of all the miracles of Jesus. The other miracles foreshadowed his own resurrection,” affirmed Tommy Peeler last night in the final lesson of the Florida College Lectures.
In a powerful and passionate presentation, Tommy expressed the importance of Jesus’ resurrection to the Christian religion.
The apostle Paul affirmed that the gospel message and our personal faith is founded on the fact of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. A fact confirmed by multitudes of witnesses (1 Cor. 15:1-8). Continue reading
Robert Ingersoll was a 19th century agnostic and a follower of naturalism; he had no belief in the eternal, but stressed the importance of living only in the here and now.
Ingersoll made light of the Bible, stating that “free thought will give us truth.” He called the Bible “a fable, an obscenity, a sham and a lie.” He claimed that the Christian “creed [was] the ignorant past, bullying the enlightened present.” Continue reading
This week Norma Jean and I are attending the Florida College Lectures. The theme is “The Works No One Else Did,” subtitled “The Miracles of Jesus.”
Monday night, in his keynote address, Phil Robertson pointed out that Jesus’ “miracles were a message,” and “the signs were a sermon.” More than just supernatural events, they visually and dramatically proclaimed to all who saw them something deeper than the sign, a lesson that Jesus was teaching.
Perhaps there is no greater miracle message than when Jesus healed the 10 lepers. In his Tuesday morning lecture, my friend, Brownie Reeves, delivered a lesson based on this account from Luke 17:11-19. Continue reading
Last night Norma Jean and I were blessed to attend the opening session of the annual Florida College Lectures.
Phil Robertson delivered a powerful keynote address that emphasized Jesus’ miracles as signs from John’s gospel account. It was a lesson that enlightened us with a unique view regarding the purpose of Jesus’ miracles. It encouraged us to a deeper, stronger faith in the Deity of Jesus. And it inspired us to be more. Do more. And show the world what faith in Jesus really means in our lives. Continue reading