Wednesday, 13 December 2017 07:17

Will You Help Make Peace on Earth?

Of all the music heard on the radio around Christmas, I have always thought John Lennon’s “So This is Christmas” to be one of the more unusual songs of the season.  Written as a protest song to the Vietnam War, Lennon sought to elaborate upon the themes of social unity and peaceful change enacted through personal accountability and empowerment, trying to convey optimism while avoiding the sentimentality that he felt often characterized music of the holiday season.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 08:42

Our Holy Quest: Learning and Living God's Word

Our First Baptist Family has a wonderful tradition of providing all of our first graders with a special Children’s Bible.  I write each of the children a special note in their Bible and we dedicate a Sunday evening service to presenting the new Bibles to these precious children to convey to them the vast importance of being a life-long student of the Scriptures.  A few weeks ago we presented 53 children with their special Bibles.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:56

Reconciled as One

Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed part of our country at its worse.  People in a country that was built on populations from around the world, coming together in this “melting pot” called America.  Our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence said; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and our pledge to our nation is as “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!”  But what we have seen in the past few weeks is a division within the country over ideologies, race, creed and politics.  Yes, we have the right to speak our minds, but at the cost of our neighbor’s property and rights?  I think not.  Especially, if we are to align ourselves with the Christian Church.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 09:43

Life is Hard, But There is Hope

There is hope.

 

Alice Cooper was recently reflecting on the life of his late friend Glen Campbell. Yes, that Alice Cooper, the shock rocker known for dark theatrical rock shows, was a friend with that Glen Campbell, the smooth singing star of radio and television.

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 04:43

All Unrighteousness is Sin

 

1 John 5:17: “All unrighteousness is sin.”

 

We live in a time when morals and values are no longer being determined by any fixed standard. Today’s morality is all about satisfying the desires of individuals based on their own fleshly yearnings. As our society sinks into this ever changing morass one wonders when will we hit bottom and things stabilize. Every bizarre behavior imaginable has an advocacy group pushing for its normalization and full acceptance. It seems that the more people involved in aberrant behavior and the louder they are about it that the only way to placate is to give them what they want. But what is wanted is not mere recognition but rather hearty approval of their behavior. Anything less is not tolerated and even deemed harmful and hateful.

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It’s summertime and one of the most popular things to do, especially in our state, is take a family vacation to the beach.  As I write this article, the threat of a tropical storm is looming in the Gulf of Mexico and, as you probably know, that makes the surf even more dangerous than usual.  One of the deadliest things about the ocean is not the sharks or the wildlife,  it is actually the undertow.  It is the rip current that lies behind the surface which will, if you do not have solid footing, suck you under the waves and drag you out to sea. 

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Monday, 08 May 2017 12:39

The Busyness Myth

I may be in a small group of people who love Mondays, but I love Mondays!  I’m so energized from the weekend and I’m ready to start another week of conquering whatever is in front of me.  It’s probably because I like being busy!  Busyness makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.  I feel fulfilled when I’m busy.  I probably feel that way for a few different reasons.  I’ve told myself things like, “The more I do, the more I succeed” or “busyness produces results”.  I’ve quickly found out that those things aren’t necessarily true, nor healthy. 

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Monday, 03 April 2017 14:36

Probaton Scubalon

John 10:15  “As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.”

 

If you look up the Greek word for sheep you will see the word “probaton”. Sheep, especially lambs, are cute animals. We love to see paintings of sheep/lambs in the arms of the Good Shepherd Jesus and imagine ourselves as one of His little loved ones safely resting in His bosom. Surrounding Jesus in the paintings are clean adoring sheep that are being gently led to still waters and green pastures. How we love the ideal.

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Friday, 10 March 2017 08:09

An Empty Tomb Means Full Forgiveness

A fellow once said to me, “Don’t just tell me that Jesus rose from the grave; tell me why that should matter to me!” I saw his point and began, as best I could, to spell out at least some of the world-shaking implications of the words from the Gospel, “The Lord is risen” (Luke 24:34).

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Monday, 30 January 2017 07:34

The Only Love That Endures Forever

Have you been to a wedding recently and noticed the faces of the couple?  I love the way they beam with delight experiencing the height of the feeling of love.  Yet, in that very emotional moment, when I officiate weddings, I remind us all that we cannot relegate love to being only an emotional feeling that comes and goes.  In reality, love is not simply a feeling, though it does have an emotional component.  Love is something that also is demonstrated by action. 

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