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The Center of Life

“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

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The Message of the Cross

“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

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Singing The Truth

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

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The Secret of Life

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

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Faces in Eternity

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

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Ruminations From the Space Coast

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

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Mountain Majesty

 

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

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: The Best Day of the Week

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

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: True Worship

“Among the greatest privileges afforded to man is the opportunity to worship the Creator–to bow down before him in reverent acknowledgment of Who He is, to thank Him for His goodness, and to offer Him our praise,” wrote Dan Petty in the introduction of the 2005 Florida College Lectures, “True Worship.

“Worship,” Dan wrote, “gives meaning to a life devoted to serving God.” Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Preaching That Connects

Gladys Dunn had recently moved into a retirement community and was looking for a church to attend. Fortunately, she found a congregation to attend within walking distance.

When she arrived on Sunday, she found the building attractive and inviting. The people were friendly. The singing was enthusiastic and edifying. The prayers were fervent. And the communion service was reflective and thought-provoking. Continue reading

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