The Power of a Vision

“A blind man’s world is bounded by the limits of his touch; an ignorant man’s world by the limits of his knowledge: a great man’s world by the limits of his vision,” observed author and minister, E. Paul Hovey

Or as expressed by the often quoted author anonymous, “We are limited not by our abilities but by our vision.”

Today’s Bible reading from Acts 26 speaks to the power of a vision and illustrates our theme for this year “20/20 Vision: Restoring Our Focus.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Philippians 4

There’s an old story about a Georgia farmer, ragged and barefooted, standing on the steps of his tumbledown shack, when a stranger stopped to ask directions. After giving the information, the farmer offered the fellow a cold drink, so he decided to pass the time for a few minutes and ask about his crops.

“How is your cotton coming along?” he asked.

Ain’t got none,” replied the farmer. Continue reading

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Let’s Don’t Go Back To Normal

America is beginning to reopen from the shutdown caused by COVID-19. Little by little. State by state. City by city. There is obviously a great desire to get back to normal.

“I want my life back,” is a familiar refrain. But do we? Do we really need to get back to normal? Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Happiness

“Where is happiness?” asked minister Clarence Macartney. He debunked the answers most people give with several illustrations from the history of prominent people.

The 18th century British poet Lord Byron who lived a hedonistic life, learned that happiness is not found in pleasure. He wrote “The worm, the canker, and the grief are mine alone.”

Happiness is not found in money learned the 19th century American Financier, Jay Gould. Although known for his ruthless and unscrupulous business practices, he became wealthy. When dying, Gould lamented, “I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: When To Assemble Again?

Today, I am blessed for the second consecutive Sunday to be worshiping with and preaching for the brethren in Cosby, Tennessee.

The situation up here in the mountains is unique. There have been only 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cocke county where the church is located. And no deaths.  In neighboring Sevier county only 65 cases with 2 deaths. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: May 10-16

For those of you who may have missed one of our posts this past week, here are  the quick links to get you caught up.

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Baptism and the Blood of Jesus

Years ago in Guidepost magazine, Paul Harvey wrote about his baptism:

“The preacher had said there was nothing magic in the water. Yet as I descended into its depths and rose again, I knew something life-changing had happened, a cleansing inside out. No longer did there seem to be two uncertain, contradictory Paul Harveys; just one immensely happy one. I felt a fulfilling surge of the Holy Spirit and afterward I cried like a baby. The change this simple act has made in my life is so immense as to be indescribable.” As the old song says, ‘He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.’”

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