Today’s seed thought is based on some observations made by Charles Spurgeon from Galatians 5:1. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free.”
“This ‘liberty’ makes us free to heaven’s charter—the Bible.”
In the writing style of his day, he offers these wonderful insights “You are a welcome guest at the table of the promises. Scripture is a never-failing treasury filled with boundless stories of grace. It is the bank of heaven; you may draw from it as much as you please…Come in faith and you are welcome to all covenant blessings.” Continue reading
W. A. Criswell tells a story about the Duke of Wellington once attending a small church in England. It was their custom to come to the front and kneel down to receive communion. The Duke, who had just been honored as a hero in the battle of Waterloo, came forward and knelt down.
About the same time, a poor ragged old man came down from the other side of the building and knelt beside the Duke. Immediately a deacon came up behind the old man, gently placed a hand on his shoulder, and quietly whispered for the man to move farther away from the Duke. Or to rise and wait until the Duke had taken communion Continue reading
A small boy was overheard to say, “Father’s day is just like Mother’s Day…only you don’t spend as much on a gift.“
To which one dad quipped, “What gift?”
Now this is not “sour grapes.” Father’s Day is just not as big a deal as Mother’s Day. Church attendance is greater on Mother’s day than Father’s Day. Before the days of cell phones it was documented that more long distance calls were made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. But more collect calls were made on Father’s day than any other day of the year! Continue reading
Dr. Karl Barth, the Swiss born theologian, has been called “one of the most brilliant and complex intellectuals of the 20th century.”
Barth was a prolific writer as he authored massive volumes on the meaning of life and faith. The story is told that he was once visiting America, speaking at a theological seminary. During a Q & A session one of the students asked Barth what he no doubt thought to be a very deep and probing question.
“Dr. Barth, what was the greatest thought that has ever crossed your mind? Continue reading
“Memory is the way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose” wrote author Kevin Arnold.
On this memorial day week-end, many will visit cemeteries to place flowers on the graves of departed loved ones. It’s a way to remember them. Pay your respects. Reflect on their lives. Your relationships. And hold on to a precious memory.
I’m reminded at this time of year that every Sunday is memorial day for Christians. Continue reading
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
Restless. Frustrated. Agitated. Anxious. Unsettled. Uneasy. Upset.
These words describe the feelings of many today who’re eager to return to some sense normalcy after “sheltering in place” for so long. Of course, they also may describe the apprehension of others who feel our government is reopening up too soon. Continue reading
Good Lord’s Day morning!
Today is our fourth Sunday of worship by ourselves from our Smoky Mountain retreat. The local church where we normally worship in Cosby and where I preach when we visit, is not meeting during this current crisis.
Like many of you, we’re participating in a virtual worship service. We’ve visited Temple Terrace and Henderson Boulevard in Tampa as well as the Kettering church in Ohio. Virtually speaking Continue reading
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Heb 2:9).
We. See. Jesus.
Today. On this day. On this first day of the week. Every first day of the week. We see Jesus more clearly than on any other day. Continue reading
By now we’ve all received the message loud and clear from our President, Vice-President as well as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Brix to practice “social distancing.” Stay home. And if you do go out for a walk, to the grocery, or to a carry out restaurant, stay 6 feet apart from others.
These mitigation efforts have forced almost all churches to temporarily suspend public assemblies. No Sunday morning or Wednesday Bible classes. No Sunday worship. No ladies classes. No gospel meetings. No potlucks. All of this social distancing can leave us feeling disconnected, detached and even disjointed spiritually. Continue reading