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June 5, 2018

What do Hollywood Celebrities, politicians and high profile Baptist leaders have in common?

What do Hollywood Celebrities, politicians and high profile Baptist leaders have in common?

What do Hollywood Celebrities, politicians and high profile Baptist leaders have in common?  The answer is sexual scandal known today as “#MeToo Moments.” Baptists have not been faring well in the news recently. Frank S. Page, former President and Chief Executive of the SBC Executive Committee resigned in March over a “morally inappropriate” relationship. Page […]

May 30, 2018

Trust and Obey

Trust and Obey

Jesus made arrangements for the last supper that he would have with his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion. This supper would be part of the Passover celebration. Passover commemorated the final plague on Egypt when the death angel passed over the land and the first born of the Egyptians died and the Israelites […]

May 22, 2018

Come Apart Before You Fall Apart

Come Apart Before You Fall Apart

Come apart before you fall apart. Jesus didn’t actually say it that way but the message is the same. The crowds were pressing in on Jesus and his disciples.  The stress was building up, weariness was setting in, emotionally, physically and spiritually it was time for a break.  Pay attention to what is said in […]

May 16, 2018

The Power of an Introduction

The Power of an Introduction

Michael and Coleen Brandt live in South Dakota where they have a ministry to help struggling pastors and churches which he calls “Shepherding the Shepherds”.  Michael was a keynote speaker at the Gideon Banquet in Raleigh on May 5. Desiring to worship in a local church near his hotel on Sunday morning, he inquired where […]

May 8, 2018

Partnerships

Partnerships

Webster defines the word “Partner” as “a person who takes part in some activity in common with another or others.”  Businesses are often formed through partnerships. Two players in games like tennis or bridge can partner together as a team to play against two other partners.  When God established a Covenant with Abraham he created […]

May 1, 2018

The Work of a Christian

The Work of a Christian

A hymn by Fanny Crosby goes like this: To the work! To the work! We are servants of God, Let us follow the path that our Master has trod; With the balm of his counsel our strength to renew, Let us do with our might what our hands find to do. The work of a […]

April 24, 2018

Private and Public Worship

Private and Public Worship

Popular writer Gordon MacDonald reminds us in his soul searching book, “Ordering Your Private World,” about the danger of sink holes.  His source of inspiration on the subject comes from the extra large number of sink holes that have occurred in Florida. When underground streams drain away in times of drought the ground at the […]

April 17, 2018

Making the Most of your Time

Making the Most of your Time

We are already in the middle of April. Can you believe it?  We are always remarking about how fast time flies. But what is really flying by is our lives.  I have a treasured Grandfather clock which the Deacons of Westwood Baptist Church gave me on the occasion of my retirement in 2007.  I faithfully […]

April 10, 2018

Never Stop Praying

Never Stop Praying

Are you continuing in prayer?  With all that is going on in our world today it is easy to give in to discouragement, fear, anger and worry.  The world in which Paul lived was no more encouraging than the world we live in today.  Yet, Paul took a positive approach to life.  In 1 Thessalonians […]

April 3, 2018

“How much can I drink?”

"How much can I drink?"

There is a story of a little boy who was one of seven children. One day, he had an accident which required hospitalization.  Coming from a very poor family and not enough food on the table to satisfy the hunger of 7 children, he was taught to share everything. Sharing everything meant he never had […]

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