Category Archives: Church

Stability at the Top

In a recent sports story he wrote for the Lexington-Herald Leader, Mark Story documented the recent decline in athletic achievements for the University of Tennessee. Story attributes this slide to the instability in the positions of head coach for the … Continue reading

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Keeping Things Stirred Up

The last thing Jesus says to do in Matthew’s gospel is, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to … Continue reading

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That’s Commitment!

Actors and actresses will sometimes go to extreme measures to prepare for an upcoming role. Some have either gained or lost a tremendous amount of weight, putting their health at risk in the process. Others have learned a new language, … Continue reading

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Memorable Worship Service

June Cerza Kolf remembers a time when her family had gathered in California for a yearly reunion. On Sunday morning they all went to church, and while they were singing the first song, an earthquake hit. The building shook, and … Continue reading

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Outrageously Generous

Have you ever noticed the outrageous generosity shown by some of the believers in the New Testament? Consider the woman who poured expensive perfume on Jesus in order to honor him. Some in the crowd were indignant, pointing out that … Continue reading

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Winners and Losers

There has been much talk about the mix-up at the Academy Awards last Sunday evening. “La La Land” was announced as the winner of the best picture award. Many people affiliated with the movie came up on stage to receive … Continue reading

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Sounds Encouraging

In his book Wind and Fire, Bruce Larson points out some interesting facts about sandhill cranes: These large birds, who fly great distances across continents, have three remarkable qualities. First, they rotate leadership. No one bird stays out in front … Continue reading

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Trying to Identify

Many preachers intentionally dress a certain way when they preach in order to enhance the message they are trying to get across. Some preachers make different decisions than others. Some preachers change their mind over time about how they should … Continue reading

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Your Own Definition

“If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success!”—Robert Fulghum. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a story about a man who attempted to redefine success. The story begins with a master giving three of his servants a substantial amount of money … Continue reading

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Key to Getting In

Not long ago I stood beside my car wondering why my keyless entry wasn’t working. Or I should say, I stood beside what I thought was my car wondering why my keyless entry wasn’t working. When I looked inside and … Continue reading

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