Our Sacred Duty May 25, 2017
Memorial Day is a great time for opening pools, grilling with friends and family, taking a short vacation on a long weekend. But it is far more than that. It is a time for special remembrance. We all know that but it quickly fades in the sunshine and good times for those of us who have never stepped foot on a battle field, never lost someone to war, or grew up without ever having to even think about, let alone question, our freedom.
The Value of Words May 23, 2017
I’m thinking this morning about the power of words. There are so many places in the Bible that speak to us about our language. In fact, the book of Proverbs has almost 10% of the verses devoted to the subject of communication. Communication either builds or destroys. Proverbs 25:11 (ESV) says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver." Words do not only lift up and encourage others, but they have value.
The Secret Sauce May 18, 2017
My parents were married for more than 50 years when Mom went to heaven. That’s an admirable record, but made much more remarkable by the fact that they didn’t just “stick it out” and ride on their commitment and covenant they had made. They actually loved each other and were deeply devoted to one another. They had fun, enjoyed each other, and never for a moment considered life apart. They shared repeatedly the “secret sauce” for their relationship...
24/7 Mercy May 16, 2017
We all need mercy. We all blow it. We all desperately need help getting back on track. The only hope for life is to give and receive help getting it back together. A family or friendship requires fellowship. That sounds like a churchy word because that is where it is usually heard. But fellowship actually means a relationship of community, sharing, and mutual care. All successful relationships require it.
Build yourself a great story May 11, 2017
All of us have heard a graduation speech or two, at our own commencement ceremony or someone else’s. I have been there many times, for myself, children, close friends, and have even spoken at a few. The thing is, most of the time, the graduates and their guests are focused on anything but the speaker