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Word of the Week: Faith

This week at the Wellandport church of Christ in Ontario, Canada, I will be participating in their summer VBS teaching the adult class. Our theme revolves around faith. As I’m looking over today’s lesson, “The Challenge To See,” I’m reminded of this story.

One night a family’s house caught fire and they were forced to run outside. However, the fire blocked their path to the upstairs bedroom where their son was sleeping. The father yelled for the son to open his bedroom window. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Exhort

“You can do it,” a father kindly urges his son as he faces a tough task.

“You can do it,” a teacher confidently encourages a student who is grappling with a difficult assignment.

“You can do it,” bellows a coach to inspire a team who is behind at half time.

“You can do it,” positively implores a preacher to a struggling Christian. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Duty

The story is told that during the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson one of his secretaries suggested dropping work for a diversion which he knew would appeal to the President.

“My boss won’t let me do it,” replied President Wilson.

“Your boss?” questioned the Secretary, wondering who could be the boss of the chief executive of the United States. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Credibility

Several years ago in a blog post author, Rick Warren, in David Letterman style identified Ten Great American Lies:

#10 Your table will be ready in a minute.

#9 One size fits all.

#8 This will hurt me more than it hurts you.

#7 I’m sorry I’m late. I got stuck in traffic. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Boldness


Frederick the Great, the 18th century King of Prussia, is said to have once invited some notable people to his royal table including his top-ranking generals. One of them, Hans von Zieten, declined the invitation because he wanted to partake of communion at his church.

At a later banquet when von Zieten was present, Frederick mocked the general for his religious beliefs, as the other guests joined in joking about the Lord’s supper. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Action

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do,” advised H. Jackson Brown, Jr. best known for his inspirational book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book,”

“So throw off the bowlines,” Brown wrote, “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Parenting

For the past four weeks, Norma Jean and I have been living and working with the church in Madrid, Iowa.

In addition to preaching each Sunday and working with their fine young preacher, Stefan Richardson, the shepherds asked me to teach some classes on Parenting. Our theme has been Parenting with Purpose. Continue reading

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