Contributed by Rick Crandall on Sep 14, 2019
Don't Jump to Judge Other Christians
AN IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION FOR CHRISTIAN LIFE: DON'T JUMP TO JUDGE ONE ANOTHER.
*This is God's message for us in Romans 14:3-4, where Paul said:
3. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who
Immanuel Kant. “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no
Contributed by David Ward on Sep 12, 2019
Dennis Kinlaw, former Asbury Seminary professor and Asbury College president, tells a story about growing up in rural Lumberton, North Carolina, during the depression. It was Dennis’ job, as a young boy, to rub salt into the meat his father brought home from hunting. He would rub salt into the meat
I came of age in the early 1960s, when America was entering a period of political, social, and cultural upheaval. Mobile, Alabama, where I was raised, had been segregated since its founding in 1702. In 1963, reacting to the federally mandated desegregation of Alabama’s public schools, Gov. George
I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the centre of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves, on the town garbage heap, at a crossroad so
Contributed by David Hallum on Sep 11, 2019
Larry Johnson was an oil field hand. Big, loud, cursing, drinking, woman chasing and completely anti-God. He worked on one of the dirtiest jobs in the old field – he ran a workover crew. Those guys NEVER came home clean. They were covered in grime, sludge and oil from head to toe
Contributed by David Hallum on Sep 11, 2019
When my grandchildren were young, introduced them to my dog, Chuey. They were not well received by the old Chow. The dog would stalk around and shoot dirty looks when the kids were present. He finally got used to them and now pays them no attention.
The other day, we were all in the back yard.
The elder son of an old farmer left home and traveled to New York. He went there to attend a notable Butcher’s College. After graduation, he returned home only to find his father in the middle of hog killing and cutting.
He asked his father if he might help him. The father replied: son I’ve been
The Parable Of The Free Agent Hockey Players
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a rich sports owner who went out at 6 AM on July 1st , free agency day, to find players for his hockey team. At the local Starbucks he found a Superstar player. He said, “I’ll make you a good offer. - $5 million per
We all want our lives to matter, and we believe they only matter if they are noticed by someone. I wonder if this desire for a witness isn't what fuels a lot of blogs, Facebook, and especially Twitter. We want someone, anyone, to take notice … to care about us … to watch us and by their
In his book Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Eugene Peterson recounts the story of the fourth century church father Gregory of Nyssa whose brother Basil had arranged for him to be made bishop of Cappadocia.
"Gregory objected," Peterson writes.
"He didn't want to be stuck
A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were mischievous. They were always getting into trouble, and their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons were probably involved.
The boys' mother heard that a Pastor in town had been successful in disciplining
Frederick Buechner, from Wishful Thinking
The Gospels depict Jesus as having spent a surprising amount of time healing people. Although, like the author of Job before him, he specifically rejected the theory that sickness was God's way of getting even with sinners (John 9:1-3), he nonetheless
Contributed by James Snyder on Aug 17, 2019
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me recently celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary. It sure does not seem we have been married that long. I guess, as you get older, according to my grandmother, time goes faster. If that is true, I must be getting older.
We met in September, became
A lot gets accomplished when people work together.
In the summer of 1904, at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, it was hot and people were searching for something to help cool them off. A vendor named Arnold had just what they were looking for……something called ice cream. People lined up for what
GREAT QUOTES ON VOLUNTEERING
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
“I am a little pencil in
PRAYING THE ARMOR OF GOD
This is a prayer I shared with our congregation after teaching a series on Spiritual Warfare based upon an exposition of Ephesians 6:10-18.
"Good morning, Lord. It’s going to be a great day because I am preparing to win spiritual battles for Your glory and
"Too many Christians are “’tweeners”: they live between Egypt and Canaan, saved but never satisfied; they live between Good Friday and Easter, believing in the Cross but not entering into the power and glory of the Resurrection. It is clear, then, that the believer cannot deliberately be
"For it has been granted unto you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him."
No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And piercèd are the feet that follow Me.
A Pastor was doing his Children's Church sermon where all the kids come down to the front & hear a story. The Pastor was discussing the story of Jonah. He quoted the Scripture from Jonah: "The Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah upon the dry land."
When the Pastor