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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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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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