Oh, My Goodness! Let's Recapture Respect for God
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
The sign read, “Warning! Pet Peeves Ahead!” It wasn’t posted on a roadside, like an alert letting you know “bridge out ahead” or “road closed.” It appeared online.
However, it reminded me most everyone has those little irritating annoyances other people commit that get under one’s skin, don’t we? We try to ignore them, but they get to us anyway.
Like interrupters who won’t let you finish your sentence. Or loud public phone conversations. Or having a conversation in which the other person’s phone dings and they stop and read the new text word for word, obviously no longer listening to you. What else is on my list?
Honesty Losing Ground, Except in Valdosta
In the late 1800’s, Jorge Rodriguez successfully robbed banks along the Texas-Mexico border. He’d slip into Texas border towns, raid the bank and slip back across the Rio Grande. Finally, a Texas Ranger saw Jorge cross the river and trailed him as he returned to his village and entered the nearby cantina.
The Ranger walked in on Jorge. With pistols drawn, he said, “I know who you are, Jorge, and I’m here to arrest you and recover the money you have stolen in Texas. Give it to me, or I’m going to shoot you.”
However, Jorge didn’t speak English and the officer didn’t speak Spanish. Just then a clever onlooker walked up and said, “Senor, I speak Spanish and English. Can I translate for you?” The Ranger agreed, and the fellow started speaking Spanish to Jorge.
Nervously, Jorge listened, frowned and responded, “Tell the big Texas Ranger I have not spent one cent of the money. If he will go to the well south of town, face north,
What's So Great About The Peachtree?
On July 9, a door flew open on a GardaWorld armored truck and out fluttered $175,000 all over Dunwoody’s stretch of westbound I-285. For a few minutes, it rained cash and roughly fifty people stopped, risking life and limb to scoop up the unexpected windfall.
When police arrived, the motorists were gone and only $200 was recovered. The next day, a Dunwoody police spokesman reminded the cash grabbers the money
Your Kindness Is Never Wasted
This Independence Day’s version of the world’s largest 10K, the Peachtree Road Race, made history on several fronts:
*In case you missed it, this was the 50th running. Begun in 1970 with 110 finishers, over 60,000 runners and walkers crossed this year’s finish line.
*The winners in the four elite competition categories each set course records and earned a $50,000 prize.
*Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto set a new USA 10K record with a blazing 27 minutes, 1 second, three seconds faster than the previous record.
*Fayette County’s Bill Thorn completed his
The Call to Practice Kindness
Two weeks ago, after my column on kindness appeared on this page, I saw a friend who said, “I really enjoy your column. I look for it and I really liked the one this week.”
I thought, “What did I write on this week?” I had moved on, already thinking about my next one.
“You mean the one on kindness?” I asked.
“Yes, let me tell you what happened. I just read your column when one of our patients came for his appointment, but he owed a large sum of money.
The Powerful Influence of a Christian Mom
A few months after moving to a small town, a woman complained to a neighbor about the poor service at the local drug store. She hoped the new acquaintance would repeat her complaint to the owner. The next time she was in the drug store, the druggist greeted her with a big smile and told her how glad he was to see her. He provided excellent service.
Later the woman reported the drastic change to her friend.
Everybody Loves a Great Comeback!
As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m thankful for my Christian mom who, at 91, continues to serve the Lord, attend church weekly, and pray for her four boys and their families. We are blessed.
Billy Graham said, “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in molding the character of her children.”
Mom certainly had and still has a powerful influence on my life and much of what I learned about God and about life I learned from her. As we were growing up, Mom
At The Cross Jesus Took Our Punishment
Two Sundays ago, the golfing world witnessed Tiger Woods’ outstanding performance at the Masters in Augusta. It had been 3,954 days since Woods won a major. Suddenly, the man who hadn’t won in five years proudly donned the green jacket.
Nine players entered the weekend within a shot of the lead, the most in Masters history. That congested scoreboard continued into Sunday’s final round as each hole eliminated the
Brother Gives Great Picture of "Hanging in There"
Several years ago, a young man in Utah woke up to water splashing his face. He jumped out of bed and stepped onto a water-logged floor. He immediately called the land lord, who told him to rent a water vac and vacuum the water before his floor was ruined.
So he rushed out to his car and discovered he had a flat tire. He ran back into his apartment to use the land line (No cell phones yet!), sloshed through increasing water, picked up the phone and it shocked him so badly he ripped the phone off the wall.
"Our Pot of Gold Just Got Sweeter"
Have you seen the poster of the frazzled kitty barely hanging onto the branch by the tip of his claws? The caption? “Hang in there!”
My brother Mark gave a vivid demonstration of “hanging in there” on their trip to Mount Rushmore several months ago.
Praying "Our Father"
Someone said, “If children are the rainbow of life, then grandchildren are the pot of gold.” We just had our pot of gold sweetened with the birth of our eighth grandchild, a boy born to my son Jonathan and his wife Amanda.
She was due March 1. Since she ran ten days past her due date with her first two boys, .
Blueprint for Prayer Includes Three Personal Petitions
“40 Days of Prayer” kicked off 2019 at McDonough Road Baptist. In small group studies and in our sermon series, we’re striving to take our prayer life to a new level.
Gregory Frizzell wrote, “No one’s relationship with Christ will ever rise above the level of his or her praying.” Prayer is paramount, so we want to grow stronger in prayer.
Weighing In On Death of John Allen Chau
Martin Lloyd-Jones said, “Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God.” Jesus knew the importance of coming face to face with God in prayer. He taught prayer and practiced prayer.
If Jesus the perfect Son of God needed to spend
Running the Race in 2019
As news cycles go, the death of young adventurer-missionary John Allen Chau is old news but it keeps coming to mind. The story broke mid-November when Sentinelese warriors killed Chau on North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Sea 700 miles off India’s mainland.
This isolated tribe has historically demonstrated violence towards outsiders, yet Chau hired local fishermen to take him near the island under the cover of darkness, avoiding Navy patrols guarding restricted waters, then used his own kayak to reach shore.
He brought gifts but was met
Blessed to Be a Blessing
We’re off and running into a new year. How’s 2019 going so far? Are you making any changes for the better?
If you are a believer, then you, too, are running a race. The moment you received Christ as Savior, you entered the race and are running toward
Reflecting on Privileges, Burdens of Ministry
W. Clement Stone said, “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” Generous people with caring hearts discover ways to bless others.
Jaret Hucks continues to bless others. His story aired on The CBS Evening News (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/myrtle-beach-innkeeper-opens-his-doors-to-families-flooded-out-of-their-homes/) in early October.
In September, Hucks opened his home to people flooded out of their homes as Hurricane Florence’s storm surge invaded Horry County, S. C. and surrounding areas.
“I said, ‘Come stay with me. Come stay at my house until you can go back to yours.’”
His house is the Midtown Inn and Cottages on 8th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, two blocks from the beach. He posted on Facebook on
Does God Have Our Ultimate Loyalty?
A church member recently had knee replacement surgery, and his procedure reminded me of an experience from my previous pastorate.
A senior lady chose to have both knee replacements done in the same operation because she planned to bounce back as quickly as possible to care for her husband, whose health was declining.
I rushed from far upper Cherokee County to north Atlanta to pray with her before surgery. When I arrived, I discovered they took her early and her procedure was already underway. Her daughter was there and I prayed and visited with her.
After a few minutes, a receptionist-type walked in and said, “We have an observation room. Would you like to watch your Mom’s procedure?”
I was hoping she’d declined but instantly she said, “Yes, I would!”
Then the daughter said, “Come on, David!”
The employee led us down a hall, around a corner and into a room, where, on the other side of a large plate glass window lay her mom with one knee already open and the surgeon doing his thing. This weak-stomached pastor
Loyalty is the quality of standing firm in one’s devotion or allegiance to someone or something. Loyalty comes from the heart, not from a feeling of obligation or from a legal contract.
On one occasion, a lawyer asked Jesus, “Which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind . . . And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39).
Simply put, love God with all you’ve