Giving Thanks One Week Early
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.
What Is Your Top Priority This Year?
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.
A Few More Stories For A Post-Christmas Lift
I heard about the men who went deer hunting and separated into pairs for the day. That night one of the hunters returned, staggering into camp under a 12-point buck.
They asked, “Where’s Harry?”
“Harry had a heart attack or something. He’s a couple of miles back up the trail.”
“You mean you left Harry up there and you carried the deer down instead?”
What Is Your Favorite Christmas Story?
One of our newer members commented, “You folks do Christmas all month long!” And we do! I love to preach Christmas sermons, and to collect Christmas stories. Now we’re on the other side of Christmas, gearing up for a New Year. But let’s let the Christmas spirit linger just a little longer, shall we?
Now Thank We All Our God; Are You Thankful?
The warm, feel-good stories shared at Christmastime enhance our celebration and prepare us to adore Him. The original Christmas story, recorded in Luke 2:1-20, can’t be topped. Yet, other stories, some from real life, others that are fiction, help us focus on the Gift God gave and the love He demonstrated.
Baseball, Fatherhood, and Building Special Memories
Martin Rinckart was an accomplished musician and dedicated pastor serving in Eilenberg, Germany, during the Thirty Years' War. Eilenberg, a walled city, became a place of refuge for fugitives of the war, but because of overcrowding, the city also became a place of famine and disease.
Shall We Gather at the River?
The Atlanta Braves did a great job as they counted down the final days of playing at Turner Field. The closing ceremony was amazing and having Henry Aaron literally take home plate from Turner to the new Sun Trust Park was ingenious.
While visiting in my office last October, I had the privilege of leading a man named Andy to receive Jesus Christ as His Savior.