This week Norma Jean and I are just south of Birmingham, Alabama, where I’m holding a meeting for the Helena Church.
The church is served by two fine Shepherds Ken Craig and Jim Driskell and two dedicated preachers, Bryan Moody and Joe Hickman, who was a classmate of mine at Florida College back in the late 1960’s. In just two days we’ve enjoyed a wonderful fellowship with these brethren and feel a real connection to their church family.
All of the lessons are based on the theme “Developing the Mind of Christ.” I’m grateful the Shepherds chose this theme because I have not presented this series in a long time and needed to hear them again myself. (Yes, preachers need preaching. And personally profit from the lessons they present.) Continue reading
During our recent trip to the Mediterranean, we heard many stories from our tour guides about ancient Rome and Greece. Often they would preface their narratives with the phrase, “legend has it.”
One such legend involves Julius Caesar’s conquest of Britain in the first century B.C. When he landed with his Roman legions, he took a bold step to ensure the success of his military campaign. He ordered his men to march to the edge of the Cliffs of Dover, and he commanded them to look down on the water below. Continue reading
Have you seen the TOP TEN REASONS GOD CREATED EVE? It’s credited to anonymous. But I think Eve wrote it!
10. God worried that Adam would always be lost in the garden because men hate to ask for directions.
9. God knew that Adam would one day need someone to hand him the TV remote. (Men don’t want to see what’s ON television, they want to see WHAT ELSE is on!)
8. God knew that Adam would never buy a new fig leaf when his seat wore out and would therefore need Eve to get one for him. Continue reading
Henry Ward Beecher was an American minister and social reformer known for his support of the abolition of slavery.
Beecher tells the story of a man who once came to their house and confronted his father, regarding a personal grievance with him. The young man in Beecher’s words was “ red with wrath” and boiling over with rage.” His father “listened to him with great attention and perfect quietness until he had got it all out, and then he said to him in a soft and low tone, ‘Well, I suppose you only want what is just and right?’” Continue reading
This week begins our VBS at Wellandport. Excitement is in the air. And theme decorations are adorning the classrooms, thanks to the creativity of Sherry Stephens and her helper husband, Mike.
The keyword this week is power. The children will be studying the theme WOW: Did Jesus really do that? They will learn about Jesus’ power over needs, nature, problems, sickness and Satan. They will learn about his miracles, ministry and mission on earth. Continue reading
Remember Rachel Dolezal? She made national news a few years ago when she had to resign as President of the NAACP in Spokane, WA.
You see Rachel was born in Lincoln County, Montana, to Caucasian parents. But at some point in her life, she decided that she identified more as a “black” person than a “white” person. So, she altered her appearance and pursued a course in life associated with the African-American culture. Continue reading
Yesterday Norma Jean and I enjoyed communion with the brethren in Wellandport, Ontario, Canada, where we will be based for the summer.
We typically use the word “communion” to refer to the Lord’s supper, as Paul did in 1 Corinthians 10:16. While the procedure for the communion service is a bit different with the Canadian brethren, the message and meaning was unchanged. Continue reading