Archive for August 2016

Leaving a . . .

I have two roads I travel on to work. Each day I make a choice. But no matter which way I go, I am confronted with part of my history. In one direction, I pass by Papaw and Mamaw Arnold’s old house. It is empty now, so it looks abandoned. But that is not what…

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Value Added

Wedding season, as it is known in a pastor’s world, is coming to an end. All over the country, countless people walked the isle and said the vows. No doubt, many wedding services included these familiar words: If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a…

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Classical Quotes

John Adams, as a founding father, was the 2nd President of the United States and was the first Vice President. Before that he was an lawyer, author, statesman, diplomat and was a critical leader in America’s struggle for independence.

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Love Is . . .

“Daddy, what is it like to be in love?” She has not asked me yet, but I know that day is coming. It will probably after meeting some idiot (did I really write that?) who wants to ask her on a date. I confess that I do not like him already. One day my daughter…

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Are You Kidding Me?

We had our first student protest last week. Now when I say protest, do not hear pitchforks and torches. Remember these are classically trained students who are learning to be persuasive with humility and grace. They are learning that they have the potential to affect real change with well reasoned proposals. That being said, I…

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A Dead Canary Under the Elm Tree

The sensible parent will shed no tears about it; he will sternly resolve that home, for his children, shall not only be a shelter but a training-ground. He will reflect on the pathos of the dead canary under the elm-tree, and will register a vow that none of the young people in his home shall, through any fault of his, become the victims of an even more desolating tragedy

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Oh be Careful Little Mouth . . .

What are you talking about? I ask, because the things that come out of our mouths reveal our hearts. I think this is why Jesus is ruthless when it comes to words. For example, after an extended argument against worry (Matthew 6:25-30), Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious saying . . .” Here Jesus…

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Children Will Lead Us

A few days ago I walked through the welcome center at our school. It was just minutes before we dismissed kids to class. As I walked through the crowd and talked to the students, I felt someone tugging my shirt. I turned around to find one of our first grade students holding out a five…

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What's Missing?

A few years ago, Kim was gone to a ladies meeting at church. I was at home with the kids and was responsible for supper. In her typical motherly way, Kim made the menu and even laid out the ingredients for–you guessed it–mac and cheese. After all, what kid does not love mac and cheese.…

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Offering Big Prayers to a Big God

The Lord has convicted me recently of offering timid prayers. I found the following paragraph very convicting. It was written by a lady name Margret Feinberg in a book called Fight Back with Joy. In it she chronicles her battle with cancer and the lessons she learned. As she neared the end of her chemotherapy…

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