Stupidity Not a Crime, But Consequences May Catch Up With You
Please Pray for Your Pastors
Someone said, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear dumb than it is to open it and remove all doubt.” Or, as Forest Gump’s mother said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Sometimes, mental aptitude is demonstrated by the stupid things a person does.
Take, for instance, dumb criminals.
Easter Changes Everything
On one occasion (Mark 9:14-29), nine of Jesus’ disciples were approached by a father requesting they cast a demon out of his son. Jesus and the other three were on the mountaintop experiencing the transfiguration while the remaining nine were left behind.
Although they were authorizied and empowered to preach (Mark 3:14-15; 6:7, 13), heal the sick, and cast out demons, in this instance, they failed.
Reflections on the Life and Ministry of Billy Graham
I get excited about preaching. I love to preach every Sunday, but I especially love the Christmas season messages. And I love to preach about the cross and the resurrection at Easter.
At Easter, I get to share that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and to give us a way to forgiveness. Yet, He didn’t stay in the grave.
Does Your Faith Make Jesus Marvel?
I always wanted to meet Billy Graham, but the closest I got to him was at the 1987 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in St. Louis, one of 13 annual SBC meetings at which he spoke, I slipped out of my seat, walked down the center aisle and snapped pictures as he preached. I have no idea where those pictures are.
I heard him preach at his Atlanta crusade at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1973,
One Word to Purge in 2018
Usually, when the word “marvel” is used in the New Testament, it describes a person’s reaction to seeing God’s supernatural activity. For example, in Luke 24, Peter marveled at the empty tomb. The word means to be astonished or amazed, to have a sense of wonder.
Twice, the word is used to describe Jesus’ reaction. In Mark 6:6, Jesus was amazed at the unbelief of the people. In Luke 7:9, Jesus
Christmas Blessings Far Outweigh Christmas Rush Hassles
Edith Lovejoy Pierce said, “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and it’s first chapter is New Year’s Day.” (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/new-year).
My goodness, we’re already into chapter 10! What words have you already placed onto your blank pages?
I want to point us to a word that we should avoid,
Giving Thanks One Week Early
Did you survive the Christmas rush? For some, the Christmas celebration is still happening. My kids and grandkids don’t arrive until today, and our Christmas Day is Thursday. We’ll all be together for approximately 60 hours, and we’ll make each moment count.
With the convenience of online shopping, my gift buying was mostly hassle-free, but we still hit several local stores,
Scratch Hurricane Evacuation Off My Bucket List
“Thirty Days of Thanksgiving” kicked off on November 1, and I’ve been reading with interest people’s Facebook postings sharing what they are thankful for. What did we ever do before social media?
We are a blessed people. How often we complain about what we don’t have instead of giving thanks for what we do have!
Grandbaby Number Six Has His Own Timetable, Also
Last Wednesday, many were still without power and wringing their hands over empty grocery store shelves. We dodged a major bullet with Hurricane Irma and were mainly inconvenienced for a few days. We made it through Georgia’s first tropical storm.
Floridians got the brunt of it, especially the Keys and the Miami area, but it could have been catastrophic.
Meteorologists referred to a shift in Irma’s
Back to School and the Lessons Children Teach
We’re rejoicing over grandbaby number six! Back in April, we were on baby watch for our fifth grandbaby and were trying to work around Easter and another granddaughter’s birthday party in Sarasota.
“Our plan” was for Nolan to be born Easter Sunday afternoon so we could travel to Charlotte the first
God Is Working in Brazil (part two)
Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darndest things!” That’s one reason I enjoy our “children’s moment.” At a certain point in our morning worship service, our younger children come to the front (usually ages 5-8 or so) and we have a “talk” and object lesson on their level.
Sometimes I chit-chat with the children before
God Is Working in Brazil, And We Get to Be In On It
Two weeks ago I shared about our church’s mission trip to Santa Catarina, Brazil. I had more stories than space, so I’m picking up where I left off.
Three years ago, Pastor Jim Thomas invited me to go on the First Baptist Church trip to Brazil,
Are You Like a City Broken Down Without Walls?
Two Fayetteville churches are on the front line of seeing God do amazing things in Santa Catarina, Brazil. First Baptist Church took a team of 19 in April and saw 793 come to Christ in Treze Tilias and Seara.
Previously, McDonough Road Baptist Church travelled
Vacation Bible School Is Upon Us!
Recently, The Atlanta Journal Constitution website ran: “Vacuum cleaner used as a weapon in DeKalb road rage, cops say.” (www.ajc.com, April 24, 2017).
Chamblee police said a 24-year-old woman
Rejoicing Over Fifth Grandchild, And what a round it was!
I’ve always been fascinated with “outer space.” When I was a kid, the US space program was going strong and our nation was in a race with Russia to send the first man to the moon.
Does He Who Dies With the Most Toys Really Win?
April has been a good month for us. My middle daughter was born on April 15, our tax-day baby. Her firstborn was due May 2, 2011, but decided to make her appearance on April 25, 2011. We officially became members of the Grandparent’s club!
Fast-forward to April of last year. My youngest daughter
Does God Consider You Faithful?
Our children are grown and gone now, but almost ten summers ago we had the privilege of having our son home for the summer after completing his freshman year of college. This is the son who now is a father of one and is awaiting child number two any day. He’s in the ministry serving on staff of a church in Charlotte.
Let's Try a Little Kindness
James Merritt tells about a member of the first church he pastored in the backwoods of Kentucky. The man’s name was Raleigh Matthews. He lived on the same farm and attended the same church his entire life.
A grieving father’s desire to honor his late son has quickly inspired thousands around the globe. Seventeen-year-old Dylan Vassallo was on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout and volunteered for several organizations when he took his life.