July 10, 2022 · 5:10 am
This month I am preaching every Sunday at the Wellandport Church in Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada. Additionally, I’m conducting a weekend meeting that concludes today. And teaching the adult class for their VBS later in July.
We’ve missed coming to Canada for the past two summers. We love the area. The cooler temperatures are a nice respite from the hot summers of Texas and Florida. But most of all we love the warm fellowship of these brethren. Continue reading →
June 19, 2022 · 5:52 am
When I was a kid in the late ’50s and early ’60s, we watched a TV show called, “Father Knows Best.” The lead role was played by Robert Young who spoke with authority, wisdom, and also compassion. He had the solution to every problem. He was the ideal father.
Imagine such a show being on TV today. The image of fathers has fallen into disrepute. With so many absentee, delinquent, and abusive men, our respect for fatherhood has diminished. Also, the media and silly sitcoms often tend to portray dad as a bumbling idiot. Continue reading →
March 20, 2022 · 5:37 am
“What is at the center of your life?” asked author, minister, and therapist Wayne Muller.
“Carefully examine where you spend your attention, your time,” Muller advised. “Look at your appointment book, your daily schedule. This is what receives your care and attention–an by definition, your love.”
On this Lord’s Day, it’s a good time to ask and reflect on what really is the center of my life? Continue reading →
February 20, 2022 · 5:56 am
“The cross is the center of the world’s history; the incarnation of Christ and the crucifixion of our Lord are the pivot round which all the events of the ages revolve” once wrote the British minister, Alexander MacLaren.
Not only is the cross, the center of the world’s history, but it is also fittingly the center of why Christians assemble on Sunday. It is the center of what we will be doing today. Continue reading →
February 13, 2022 · 6:30 am
Roger Shouse shared a quote the other day in his fine blog, Jump Starts Daily, from A.W. Tozer that caught my attention.
“Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them.”
If that makes you wince a bit, or feel a bit uncomfortable, remember there’s an old saying, “the hit dog howls.” Continue reading →
January 23, 2022 · 4:23 am
An anonymous author tells the story about a father who told his children when they were young that he would tell them the secret of life when they reached 12 years old.
“Dad, what’s the secret of life?” anxiously asked the oldest on the day he turned 12.
The father made the boy promise not to tell his brother and proceeded to reveal the secret. Continue reading →
January 16, 2022 · 4:16 am
On one of our trips to the Smoky Mountains after preaching for the Cosby Church, we enjoyed a wonderful visit with our good friends, Olie and Mary Williamson.
We when we were ready to leave, with her eyes welling up with tears, Mary gave us a gift and said, “I want you to listen to this as you travel.” It was a CD by the southern gospel Quartet, Greater Vision. The other day I listened again to its powerful and emotional message. And immediately knew I wanted to share its lyrics with our readers. Continue reading →
December 12, 2021 · 5:26 am
Today finds Norma Jean and me on Florida’s Space Coast, Cape Canaveral, where I will be preaching for the North Courtenay Church in Merritt Island.
Outer space has always held a special kind of fascination for the human mind. As a kid, I recall the scientific-fiction shows of the 1950s. Commando Cody. Space Patrol. Buck Rogers. Flash Gordon. What was then fantasy, soon became “the new frontier” as promoted by President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s. Space exploration has become reality in our lifetime. Continue reading →
October 24, 2021 · 4:24 am
This morning Norma Jean and I will be driving down the mountain where we’re staying in Cobbly Nob to Highway 321 and heading East toward Cosby, Tennessee, where I will be preaching today.
It’s a beautiful six-mile drive, surrounded by the majestic mountains and the fall foliage with the colors of yellow, orange, and bright red beginning to burst forth.
There’s something special about the serenity and solitude of the mountains. The quietude and tranquility offer a peaceful place to relax. Renew. Refresh. To think. Mediate. And muse. Continue reading →
October 17, 2021 · 4:17 am
The other day I came across a page from countryliving.com with this bold headline:
20 Best Sunday Quotes That Confirm It’s the Best Day of the Week
Left out of the list were quotes about God. Faith. Church. And worship.
The 20 quotes spoke mainly of relaxing, enjoying the newspaper, sleeping in late, reading a book, or as a lady, Linda Jones, expressed it, “I need some solitary running time. On Sundays, I can unwind and reconnect with the natural world.” Continue reading →