A friend of mine from Florida, Pat Weinmann, posted the above photo on my facebook page. I clicked and it has been shared 34,000 times and liked by more than 9,000 people. So, it definitely resonated with many viewers.
I appreciate Pat sharing it. And the message is accurate. A successful 30 minute sermon is preceded by hours of research, reading, prayer and study. In fact, it is often the cumulation of years of preparation that result in the presentation. Continue reading
A number of years ago Harvard University asked its graduating 1100 Seniors “Is success a destination or a journey?”
930 said it was a destination. They thought it was something you could measure when you had enough money, or achieved a certain fame or position.
What is success? How would you define it? Measure it? Quantify it? Continue reading
Poet Laureate Maya Angelou passed away last week at age 86. Active in the civil rights movement, she became a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, and producer,
The list of her published works included over 30 best-selling titles including her internationally acclimated auto-biographical book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Continue reading
I enjoy reading the conservative columnist Cal Thomas. Occasionally I quote from his writings. Today, I want to share his entire March 12, 2014, column. It’s practical. Biblical. And, it will cause you to reconsider your priorities.
I’ve tried and failed. Several times. So why try again?
I’m too old now. If I was younger, I might. But, I’m past my prime.
And besides, I can’t do it myself. And I doubt anyone would want to help me.
These three excuses have kept more people from trying, more people from succeeding, and more people from a richly rewarding life than we can ever imagine.
Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. Just ask Diana Nyad. Continue reading
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Sunday evening Norma Jean and I were invited to join the young people of the Eastside church in Baytown, Texas, where I’m holding a meeting, for their monthly devotion. Following the food, fellowship and singing, I was asked to share a few thoughts. It’s always fun to be part of youth activities. I love their enthusiasm. Their energy. Their excitement. Not just for life. But for spiritual matters.
So, what would I share with them? I decided that if I only had one chance to encourage them, there is a topic that will impact every area of their lives. Their school work. Their social activities. Their relationships. Their spiritual growth. Their morality. Their succeess or failure in life. And it will help you too. Young or old. Here it is. Continue reading
If you are a sports fan, what a great week-end! Some exciting basketball games. Especially Indiana’s win over #1 Michigan! And then a Super Bowl that looked like it was going to be a super bust, that saw a comeback by the San Francisco 49ers that just fell short, as the Baltimore Ravens hung on to win.
I’m always reminded when watching sporting events how the qualities that make for success on the athletic field are similar to those we need to acquire in our Christian lives. In fact, the apostle Paul wrote it about using the imagery of the sports world. Continue reading