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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Going to Beulah

Today Norma Jean and I are going to Beulah.

No, not Beulah Land as in the old hymn referring to heaven. But the Beulah church of Christ in Douglasville, Georgia, where I will be preaching in a Sunday-Wednesday meeting. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Open Eyes

Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hand the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.

The words of this hymn, written by Midwesterner, Clara H. Scott, have been sung by Christians for over 125 years.

Each stanza speaks to an increasing awareness and receptivity to God’s Word. Open eyes. Open ears. Open mouth. Open heart. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Sunday Christians

“The Lord’s Day crowd does not delight me; it depresses me.” once lamented the late Vance Havner, a 20th-century American preacher.

Havner explained, “Because it indicates a Sunday morning Christianity that is the greatest hindrance to real revival. It pays God a tribute of one hour at church then says, “Goodbye God, I’ll see you next Sunday,’” Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Because He Lives

“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying” (Matt. 28:6). So, began Friday’s post from my friend, Roger Shouse, quoting the Angelic messenger at Jesus’ empty tomb.

After observing 5 facts from this verse, Roger reminds us of the practical, life-changing implications of the empty tomb that not only makes every day bearable but makes it a blessing. A reason for living Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: A Special Day

For some people today is just another day. Just like any other day.

For a few, it’s just another day of work. For many others, it’s a day of relaxation, recreation, or sports. And for still other people it’s a day to catch up on household chores, to mow the yard or wash the car.

However, today is a very special day for all Christians. It is a sanctified day. It is a day set apart from all other days. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: God Is.

On Friday my friend, preaching colleague, and fellow blogger, Roger Shouse posted a piece reflecting on the 1966 Time Magazine cover question “IS GOD DEAD?” I recommend you read it.

We survived the turbulence of the 1960’s unrest. In the ensuing years, we’ve experienced many more periods of civil, social, and political confusion, controversy, and crisis.

As Roger noted, during the past 55 years many people and sadly most modern churches have given up on God’s Way. Deviated from God’s work. And abandoned God’s work Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: The Power of Worship

“The church doesn’t need more workers; it needs more worshipers,” once quipped Howard Hendricks.

I found that quote in my “worship” folder apart from the greater context. However, I doubt that Hendricks was diminishing the importance of working for the Lord, or minimizing the role of ministry, but rather elevating and emphasizing the power of worship. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Using Time

“Daylight saving time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket,” quipped one anonymous sage.

And so, the moans, groans, and debates begin over the efficacy of DST after “losing” an hour of sleep last night.

Although, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a supporter of DSL opined: “The next generation…would be better for having had this extra hour of daylight in their childhood.”

More importantly, however, is this issue: How are you spending your time? No, how are you investing your time Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Preaching in the Present Tense

“It has been well said that nobody goes to church to find out what happened to the Jebusites,” opined Warren and David Wiersbe in their fine little book, The Elements of Preaching.

The Wiersbes continue with this advice, “A sermon that lingers in the past tense is not really a sermon at all; it is either a Bible story or a lecture. We live in the present tense and we need to hear what God has to say to us today.” Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Collective, Connective Worship

“Real worship happens when your spirit responds to God,” affirmed Wilson Adams in his 2005 Florida College Lecture, The Nature of God and Man.”

“We worship daily when we pray privately, read and meditate upon the Sacred Word, sing a hymn in traffic, or praise Him openly to a friend.” However, Wilson correctly pointed out that there are “some things our Creator wants His church to do in concert.” We call this collective worship. Continue reading

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