Weekly Recap: January 10-15

Good morning from Temple Terrace, Florida,

We’re here for the month of January.  Enjoying time with our daughter and our grandkids.  Seeing old friends.  And looking forward to speaking in chapel at my Alma Mater, Florida College on January 25th.

This week’s recap features two posts that speak to the civil unrest we’ve experienced and the Christian’s response and attitude toward it.  Also, there’s a post from 2016 that is relevant to the divided state of our country.

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Friday’s List To Live By #22

Life is about relationships. In fact, Dee Bowman once wrote a book entitled, “It’s All About The People.” Indeed it is.

Today’s list, adapted from the British author, motivational speaker, and life coach, Richard Denny, offers some succinct relationship advice. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Don’t Look Back

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you,” often quipped Leroy “Satchel” Paige the charismatic pitcher of the old Negro League in the 1920’s and ‘30’s.

“Don’t look back,” apparently was Paige’s philosophy both in baseball and in life. Paige could have been bitter about the times in which he lived which prevented him from playing baseball in the Major League because of segregation. It wasn’t until 1948 at the age of 42 he made his debut with the Cleveland Indians. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Mark 8:13-22

Jeff Strite relates a true story found in Reader’s Digest of a family sitting down to dinner one evening.

One of the girls was unhappy because they were having leftovers. And she let everyone know by complaining.

Her father was not pleased with her complaints and suggested she needed to be more thankful. To drive home his point, he asked her offer thanks for the food. So, she bowed her head and prayed: Continue reading

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A Chaplin’s Prayer for America

Barry Black is the 72-year-old Chaplin of the United States Senate. He was commissioned as a Navy Chaplin and holds the rank of Rear Admiral. Known for his colorful bow ties, he’s served as Senate Chaplin since he retired from the Navy in 2003.

In the early morning hours last Thursday, Black closed a joint session of Congress that had been marred by shocking, sickening and senseless violence with a powerful prayer. Delivered shortly after President-elect Biden’s victory was certified by lawmakers, it is said that “Mr. Black’s prayer cut through the chamber with force.”

In part, here’s Chaplin Black’s prayer for America. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Peaceable

Last Wednesday we watched in shock and horror as our nation’s Capitol, the symbol of democracy, was attacked and trashed by a riotous mob. It seemed so surreal. As several pundits observed it was like a scene you would expect from a Banana Republic, not the United States of America.

Religious leaders from every denomination have condemned the attack. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Remembrance

From my earliest childhood memories of attending worship services until this very day, I have seen tables like the one above with the same words chiseled on the front.

This Do In Remembrance Of Me

They are the words Jesus uttered when he instituted the Supper. Luke records it this way. “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’” Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: January 3-8

Good morning from Temple Terrace, Florida,

It’s a bit cool here in the pre-dawn hours at 54 degrees, with a predicted drop to 48 and highs today only in the ’50s. So, winter can be a bit tough here in Florida sometimes!

We’re enjoying time with our grandchildren, working on finding a house we can call home, and counting our many blessings.  In addition, we have an opportunity to see many of our friends from bygone days. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Discipline

“The most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not,” wrote Thomas L. Huxley.

“It is the first lesson, “Huxley opined, “that ought to be learned and however early a person’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learns thoroughly.”

This week we’re writing about our 2021 theme: “Reaching Forward.” It’s based on this text, written from a Roman prison toward the end of Paul’s life. Continue reading

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Reaching Forward: Determination

“Some of the world’s greatest men and women have been saddled with disabilities and adversities but have managed to overcome them,” observed author and evangelical leader Ted W. Engstrom

Engstrom offered these illustrations to prove his point.

“Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott.”

“Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan.”

“Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington.” Continue reading

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