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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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Sunday Seed Thoughts: What Are You Bringing To Worship?

My older readers remember when every church had a printed bulletin and mailed them out. I used to get them from all over the country.

One of the regular writers who must have been a syndicated columnist was “Selected.” I suppose he was related to “Anonymous,” and “Anon” who were also regular contributors.

In my worship folder is a short list by “Brother Selected” on things to bring to worship and things to leave at home. Here they are with a few brief comments and scriptural references. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Worship Quotes

From my “worship folder,” here are a few seed thoughts to consider as we focus on attending Sunday worship services.

“Worship is a verb.” –Robert E. Webber

“As a verb, “worship” is active, not passive. Worship is not an event to be watched, but an activity to be joined.” Sheldon W. Sarge

“Leaders in worship should work to avoid mistakes and do their work effectively. But acceptable worship depends far more on the heart and attitude of the worshiper than on the abilities of leaders.” –Bill Hall Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Faith-Strong

Admittedly, there’s a lot of junk posted on social media in general, and on facebook specifically. However, there is a lot of good stuff too.

  • Reports of conversions to Christ.
  • Churches broadcasting Bible classes and sermons.
  • News from fellow Christians that’s uplifting.
  • Photos of God’s wonderful creation.
  • Spiritually thought-provoking conversations.
  • Notes of congratulations.
  • Encouraging posts that brighten your day.
  • Devotional blogs (like ThePreachersWord)

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Spiritual Nourishment

There’s an old story that made the rounds several years ago in church bulletins. It may be apocryphal but it makes a good point.

A church member once wrote a letter to the editor of a local newspaper complaining that it made no sense to attend church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years,” he wrote, “and in that time I’ve heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me. I can’t remember a single one of them.”

He then concluded, “So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.” Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Singing

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world,” wrote Martin Luther in the forward of a 1538 symphony by George Rhau.

“Music controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits,” Luther further observed. “The precious gift of music has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.” Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Parable of the Apples

Once upon a time, there was a man who had nothing … and God gave him ten apples.

He gave him three apples to eat, three to trade for shelter from the sun and rain, and three apples to trade for clothing to wear. He gave him one apple so that the man might have something to give back to God to show his gratitude for the other nine. Continue reading

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