William Hinson explains why animal trainers carry a stool when they go
into a cage of lions. They have their whips, of course, and their pistols are at their sides. But invariably they also carry a stool.
Hinson says it’s the most important tool of the trainer. He holds the stool by the back and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal. He maintains that the animal tries to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal, and it becomes tame, weak, and disabled because its attention is fragmented Continue reading
Yesterday was a wonderful day filled with new experiences, making new friends and a foretaste of good things to come in future weeks and months.
Norma Jean and I are spending the week in the Smoky Mountains. We worshiped with and I spoke for two different churches in the area. Sunday morning we met with the brethren in Seymour, Tennessee, and Sunday evening we worshiped with the church on Highway 321 in Cosby. Continue reading
Author John Eldredge tells a great story of a rich industrialist who was visiting Mexico and found one of the local fishermen just sitting by his boat, playing his guitar and enjoying a cold drink.
Disturbed to find the fisherman so idle he asked, “Why aren’t you out there fishing?”
The fisherman replied, “Because I’ve already gone out today and I have caught all that I need for me and my family.” Continue reading
Many years ago I attended a seminar by the late motivational speaker Charlie Tremendous Jones. He was engaging. Inspiring. And funny. Very funny.
Jones’ mission in life was to help people improve. To develop their potential. And to become the best version of themselves.
Jones had a line that he always used in his seminars that I’ve never forgotten. “You will be the same person in five years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Continue reading
In his book “Seeing Life: Finding God,” James L. Merrell, tells the story of a small, rural Tennessee church, from the 19th century that got into a fierce squabble which resulted in division.
The 100 member church was split right down the middle. There was no resolution. Neither side had the resources to build or buy its own building so they agreed to use the same building but meet at different times. However, they had a separate treasury to pay their own bills. They even had separate piles of coal to fuel the pot belly furnace to heat the building in the winter. Continue reading
February has long been identified as a month of romance, particularly because Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th in the Western world.
The history of the day is shrouded in mystery around one of the early “saints” Valentinus who was imprisoned for performed weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. According to legend just prior to his execution, he wrote a letter to a woman he loved and signed it “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Continue reading
Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day. It is a national holiday, signed into law by President Reagan in 1983 to celebrate the life and work of the slain civil rights leader. The holiday is observed on the third Monday of January, but today it actually falls on his birthday, January 15.
While King’s legacy is his fight for justice, equality, and peace through non-violent resistance, he preached personal accountability, not only to his African American brothers and sisters but to all people. Continue reading