Today Norma Jean and I are leaving Indian Shores Beach after a wonderful two week stay.
Just over a week was enjoyed with our family for Thanksgiving. Plus we had a few days for some post Thanksgiving R & R.
I found myself thinking yesterday, “Well, all good things must come to an end.” Continue reading
“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe,” once wrote the 4th-century theologian Augustine.
This reminds me of an unknown author who expressed it this way: “Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.”
In our cynical, secular, irreligious, and immoral culture, we need a renewal of faith.
But what kind of faith? Continue reading
“A man’s mind is like a garden,” wrote Dee Bowman in That’s Life.
“The soil, the seed for sowing, and the seasons have been provided by a gracious and benevolent Creator,” Dee Observed. “But the man must plant the seed, nourish it, cultivate it, and weed it. It’s hard work to care for a good garden. Even then when the harvest comes, a man has no right to say,” Look what I did!” Continue reading
“I didn’t get anything out of worship today,” is a remark sometimes offered by disappointed church attendees.
These disgruntled “worshipers” soon find themselves relating to anyone who will listen to how awful the sermon was, how the song leader pitched the songs too high, the distractions by noisy children, and the general lack of inspiration they felt from the service.
Joe McKeever said such remarks are “like dry rot in a congregation…Like a termite infestation in the building…Like an epidemic afflicting the people of the Lord.” Unchecked, they will spread like a deadly virus. Continue reading
Last Friday’s post was a tribute to our beloved brother Dee Bowman who passed from this life on Thursday.
The post featured quotes from Dee’s writings and preaching. It received not only an outpouring of appreciation and love for Dee but reminded several readers of other quotes Dee was famous for saying.
My daughter, Rachél, recalls a time when Dee came to Columbia, Tennessee, for a meeting at the Jackson Heights Church. She was in her early teens at the time and was captivated by Dee’s powerful preaching and personal magnetism. Continue reading
Author, historian, University professor, gospel preacher, and our beloved brother in Christ, David Edwin Harrell, Jr. passed from this life to his eternal reward last Monday afternoon, March 15th.
Today there will be a short graveside service for brother Harrell at 2:00 p.m. at Mandarin Cemetery in Jacksonville. Saturday, there will be an online service that you can register to view by linking here.
Almost 20 years my senior, I have known Ed Harrell since my college years. Like anyone who knew him, I was impressed with his unique intellectual insights combined with genuine humility. Sometimes preachers with educational credentials take simple truths and complicate them. Ed possessed the ability to simplify the complex. Continue reading
“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
Today’s list, #20 is adapted from Dee Bowman’s book “That’s Life,” which I highly recommend.
It’s taken from the section “Life By the Numbers” and speaks to enlisting God’s help in dealing with the various emotions of life. It’s succinct. Stimulating. And Scriptural.
God, help me… Continue reading
“I’m in trouble.”
It’s a word that stops us in our tracks. Gets our attention. And causes us to listen.
There are all kinds of trouble. Car trouble. Financial trouble. Relational trouble. Legal trouble. Marital trouble.
Some troubles are physical. Others are mental. Emotional. Or even spiritual. Continue reading
Today is the “International Day of Older Persons.”
According to the National Holiday Calendar, the United Nations began in 1948, the year I was born, “seeking the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons.”
In 1982 the U.N. adopted the “World Assembly on Aging” to “highlight the situation of older people.” Then in 1990, the U.N. issued a proclamation that October 1st would be designed as the “International Day of Older Persons.” Continue reading