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Word of the Week: Submit

Stephen P. Beck relates a time when he was driving down a country road and came to a very narrow bridge. In front of the bridge a sign was posted: YIELD. Seeing no oncoming cars, Beck continued across the bridge to his destination.

On his return, he came to the same one-lane bridge and to his surprise was another YIELD signed posted. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Oneness

A Texas preacher, Bob Joyce, tells about a church split that began over an argument at a potluck supper.

The dispute started when one of the sisters brought a congealed salad made from cool whip instead of real whipping cream.

The reminds me of an old story Robert Jackson used to tell about a country church that couldn’t get along. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Advice

“Never have more children than you have car windows,” advised the late American humorist Erma Bombeck.

Bombeck achieved popularity for her syndicated newspaper column that humorously described the American home, marriage, relationships and life in general from 1965 to 1996.

The author of 15 books, here’s some additional advice Bombeck offered. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Persistence

Three thousand five hundred fifty(3,550) days ago I published my first blog post. Today WordPress says today’s post is #2800.

What began as a short-term idea during a gap between full-time preaching for local churches, has become a long-lasting ministry.

Posts have been written from almost every state and several countries. We’ve written when we felt like it and when we didn’t. When it was easy and when it was difficult. When thoughts were flowing freely and sometimes when the well was running dry. Continue reading

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WORD OF THE WEEK: Open-mindedness

Last Friday’s post was a tribute to our beloved brother Dee Bowman who passed from this life on Thursday.

The post featured quotes from Dee’s writings and preaching. It received not only an outpouring of appreciation and love for Dee but reminded several readers of other quotes Dee was famous for saying.

My daughter, Rachél, recalls a time when Dee came to Columbia, Tennessee, for a meeting at the Jackson Heights Church. She was in her early teens at the time and was captivated by Dee’s powerful preaching and personal magnetism. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Wisdom

“Out of the mouth of babes,” is a proverbial and biblical idiom we use to express the unique and sometimes humorous wisdom of children.

Here are a few that have made the rounds for years by an unnamed author and source.

Patrick age 10: “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”

Michael age 14: “When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Help

In Bits & Pieces, William C. Schultz tells about a time his 3-year-old daughter Laurie requested help in getting undressed and ready for bed.

Schultz said he was downstairs and she was upstairs, so he reminded her, “You know how to undress yourself,”

“Yes,” Laurie replied, ‘but sometimes people need people anyway, even if they do know how to do things by themselves.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Exemplary

General George C. Marshall was a highly regarded soldier and statesman. He served in the U. S. Army under Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, as well as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under Truman.

Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for a plan aimed at the economic recovery of Western Europe after World War II.

However, before he rose to fame, Marshall was given command of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, GA. When he arrived, he found the post in a general state of disrepair. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Piety

One writer quipped that the word piety has become devalued about like the Canadian dollar. In all fairness to the Canadians, I think you could say that about the U.S. dollar as well.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary correctly states that “Pious has a bit of an image problem. From the beginning of its use in the 15th century, this Latin descendant has been used to describe those who are simply very religious—that is, who are deeply devoted to their religion—but it has for centuries also described those who make a show of their religiousness and use it to assert their superiority. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Growing

What do we have in common with a lobster?

Nothing, you may think, except that the tasty crustacean provides for us a delicious and expensive dinner.

Eda LeShan, the late author, counselor, educator, and one-time host of the PBS show “How Do Your Children Grow,” would disagree. Continue reading


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