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Word of the Week: Values

The devotional booklet Our Daily Bread relates a story about a man who loved old books.

One day he met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Initiative

There is an old saying that offers this insight. “There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.”

People who make things happen are people of initiative. They see things that need to be done and they don’t wait to be asked or told they just do them.

Webster says that initiative involves the “energy or aptitude in the initiation of action.” Etymologically it’s rooted in the Latin word “initium” which speaks “to beginning.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Discipline

Tonight the #1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks play the #8 seeded North Carolina Tar Heels for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

It’s the culmination and climax of March Madness, one of the most exciting times of the year for all basketball fans.

Even though my bracket is shredded, I will predict the winner of tonight’s game. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Virtue

“Virtue is to the soul, what health is to the body,” wrote the French Essayist François de La Rochefoucauld.

Using that analogy it’s not an exaggeration to say that a spiritual pandemic pervades our society today. To deny it is to ignore the violence, lawlessness, immorality, perversion, and wickedness in the world around us. Hitting closer to home, maybe even the vice within our own minds and hearts.

This year in connection with our theme “Let’s Renew in ‘22,” we’re using our word of the week to encourage renewal and revival of spiritual qualities that may be ignored in our culture and even neglected by Christians. Continue reading

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WORD OF THE WEEK: ENTHUSIASM

March Madness is here with its passion, enthusiasm, borderline crazy fans, and its exuberant color commentators.

If you watch any of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament over the past few days, you know what I’m talking about.

We had to listen to a few games on the radio while driving home, and those announcers know how to colorfully describe the game to make it come alive.

If you’ve ever attended a tournament game the atmosphere is electric. The fans, coaches, cheerleaders, bands, and players are excited about the game of basketball. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Goodwill

“Peace on earth, goodwill toward men,” is a common refrain we hear repeated during this time of year.

Of course, it’s part of the chorus of praise from the angelic heavenly host when they appeared to the shepherds in the field at Jesus’ birth (Lk. 2:1-14).

Peace and goodwill go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like salt and pepper. Like shoes and socks. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Giving

Bit’s and Pieces magazine related a story about the American industrialist, Henry Ford, who was once asked to donate money for the construction of a new medical facility.

The billionaire pledged to donate $5,000. The next day the newspaper headline read, “Henry Ford contributes $50,000 to the local hospital.”

The irate Ford was on the phone immediately to complain to the fund-raiser that he had been misunderstood. The fund-raiser replied they would print a retraction in the paper the following day to read, “Henry Ford reduces his donation by $45,000.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Pity

“Pity” is a word that often carries a negative connotation in our culture.

We speak of someone having a “pity party” when they are feeling sorry for themselves. Self-pity is not a positive trait to be admired.

In the Bible, we read of those who allowed circumstances to lead them into self-pity, like Jonah, Elijah, and even Moses on one occasion.

Pity can also be construed as a condescending attitude toward another person when we look down upon them with an arrogant, self-righteous, and disdainful attitude.

Yet, pity can be a positive trait to be practiced and praised. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Pleasure

Today, Norma Jean and I are returning home to Florida after a very pleasant and pleasurable time spent in the Smoky Mountains.

We have been blessed in the past 53+ years with many enjoyable experiences. Reflecting on some of these reminds me that the word “pleasure” is often regarded in some Christian circles as suspect. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Kindness

Yesterday Norma Jean and I worshiped with the brethren in Cosby, Tennessee, where I preached at the morning service.

Teaching the Bible class was their preacher, 89-year-old Olie Williamson, who’s sharp, quick-witted, and physically active (Olie played golf Thursday and shot an 80).

Olie and his lovely wife Mary are also some of the kindest, sweetest, and most generous people you will ever meet. So, it seemed fitting his Bible class was about the kindness of King David.

“Was David a Rambo or wimp?” Olie asked to begin class. Continue reading

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