May 2015 archive

May 31

How Close are You to Falling Away?

Most all of us have been to high points overlooking a deep canyon, valley, or waterfall.  Most of these are now located in some type of park and our government has erected barriers or guards to keep people from getting too close to the edge.  They often will have warning signs, telling sightseers to be …

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May 27

Giving Our Treasures in Worship

Israel was weak.  So weak the Philistines had taken over Bethlehem, the home of David.  David had fled to a cave stronghold just west of Bethlehem.  While in this cave, David longs for the peace, comfort, and blessings of home.  He states he wishes he could drink from the well by the gate of Bethlehem. …

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May 26

Career Counseling Advice from My Dad

My dad is a farmer!  He loves to work and improve the land.  He has always been a farmer since his young age and built his own business with the help of family.  He has grown soybeans, rice, cotton, milo, wheat, and corn over the years.  His farm is in Southeast Missouri in the rich …

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May 19

A Helpful Translation Guide of Comments for Young Preachers

I am still a fairly young preacher, but I have been doing this for 17 years now.  So I thought I would pen a somewhat humorous post for other preachers, especially ones new to the calling of preaching.  Maybe other preachers will add their translations into the mix too.  By the way, to those who …

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May 17

Accurate Appraisal

A Picasso painting just sold for 179 million dollars.²  This is the highest sell price of any painting.  The painting was painted in 1955.  It features nude courtesans and is in his signature cubist style.  It is not something I would even allow on my house walls but it sold for 179 million. The Patriots …

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May 13

How One Church Had Success with a Gospel Meeting

This is a special guest post by my friend Mark Ray.  Mark preaches at the Benton Church of Christ in Benton Kentucky.  He is the author of a book on marriage I am teaching now and recommend for your use.  He also has a web presence at www.markdray.wordpress.com.  He has lots of excellent resources on …

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May 12

A Plea to Big City Churches from Country Churches

It is graduation time again, which means for lots of rural churches their home-grown kids will be gone soon.  Most will not return except for visits.  They go off to school, fall in love, and settle down in large cities where jobs are located. This is the case for most of the kids I grew …

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May 08

The Older I Get . . .

I am truly in the “middle-age” years.  I finally am starting to adjust to at least thinking of myself as older.  I think you always tend to view yourself younger than you are, but after four kids I think I actually feel like I am a real dad now. Here are some random thoughts on …

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May 05

“The Times I Hate Being a Woman”

This has to be the most outlandish title post ever on my blog!  But this quote was from the source of many of my blog posts–my wife Amanda.  We were talking about a particularly upsetting situation, I will say more about later, that prompted this statement.  She said there are two times when she doesn’t …

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