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Word of the Week: Humility

Recently Norma Jean and I visited Gettysburg, PA,  and toured the civil war battlefields where there were over 50,000 causalities in just three days. It was a sobering experience to reflect on this period in our history.

It was there that President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the National Military Cemetery on November 19, 1863. Ironically, politician and orator Edward Everett was slated to give what was called “The Gettysburg Address.” His oration was 13,607 words and lasted two hours. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Judgment

“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment,” once quipped American author and scientist James Jay Horning.

Our Sunday morning Bible class at Wellandport has been studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Yesterday, we devoted the entire class to one verse. Matthew 7:6 that speaks to the issue of good judgment. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Confession

“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked Peter.

His response was immediate. Direct. Unequivocal. And divinely inspired. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt 16:15-16)

It is a question still discussed, debated and deliberated today. Who was Jesus?

Many want to reduce Jesus to just a great Rabbi, a unique prophet, or moral reformer. In fact, it is not politically correct to say that Jesus was the Son of God or that He is the only way.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Improvement

Norma Jean and I have enjoyed a rich and wonderful weekend with the brethren in South River, Ontario, Canada, where I presented my series on Home Improvement.

The thesis of the series is that just like our physical houses need attention, repair, maintenance and even renovation from time to time so do the relationships in our homes.

Clarence W. Barron, considered the founder of modern financial journalism once succinctly observed: “Everything can be improved.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Courtesy

“Courtesy,” wrote Teddy Roosevelt,” is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

That thought seems pretty much lost of many folks today. Apparently, everything has to be bluntly challenged. Every thought. Every opinion. Every personal view. Every political persuasion.

The other day I read a post on facebook by a brother in Christ with whom I didn’t 100% totally agree. It was his personal opinion. It had nothing to do with scripture. It spoke to the political climate today in America.  But I believe he had a valid point. And was sincere in his concerns. Continue reading

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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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