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Freedom Is Not Free

Freedom is not free! Freedom always costs something, normally it is life. It was December 16,1773 when the “Son’s of Liberty” boarded ships in the Boston Harbor and commenced throwing chests of “British East India Tea” overboard. This was a statement to the British parliament that we were tired of receiving taxation without representation. This “statement” sparked what is…

Courage In the Night

A rich man bought a huge ranch in Arizona, and he invited a number of his associates to come see it.  After touring some 1500 acres of mountains, rivers, and grasslands, he took everybody back to the house.  The house was as spectacular as the scenery, and out back was the largest swimming pool any of them had ever seen.  But this was no ordinary pool.  The rich man had…

The Right Question

A father decided that his son needed to learn a little bit of American history, so he decided to take him to see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  As you can imagine, his son was full of questions.  “Dad, where did we get this statue?” “I don’t know, son.” “Dad, when was the statue put in its place?” “I don’t have any idea, child.” “How tall is the statue, Dad?”…

All the Way Home

A Seattle resident trying to kill a spider also very nearly killed his house.  Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department said the man, whom authorities did not identify, used spray paint and a lighter as “a self-made blowtorch” to attack a spider escaping into a wall in his laundry room.  The wall caught fire, and the man apparently tried unsuccessfully to…

Come On Over and Help Us

Today we begin a summer series called Summer Nights.  No, the song from Grease is not going to be our theme.  And no, we’re not going to be talking baseball or lightning bugs or boating or swatting mosquitoes.  We’ve got bigger fish to fry (no summer metaphor intended).  On the Wednesday nights and Sundays in which I preach we’ll be exploring Bible texts that happen at…

God Sings A Heart Song For You

I invite you to open your Bible to Zephaniah 3:17. Music has always kind of been my thing.  I like all kinds of music.  I have lots of favorite singers.  And I like to sing. When I was courting Dayna, I used to bring my guitar and sing her love songs.  John Denver was big in those days and I enjoyed sitting on her front steps playing and singing his songs to her: Follow…

Value A Good Name

One of the ways we pass down wisdom to succeeding generations is through brief proverbial phrases.  There’s a bunch of them.  Let me test how well you’ve been listening across your years.  I’ll start a phrase, and you supply the last word. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.   Haste makes waste.   The squeaky wheel gets the grease. An apple a day keeps the doctor…

A Woman for Such a Time as This

I invite you to open your Bible this morning to Esther 4:12-17.  Last week we considered God’s measure of a man.  This week we’ll try to get our minds around some of what makes a godly woman. And yes, I realize I’m on a high wire here.  And it feels a little shaky and precarious.  I’m a man.  Unlike Helen Reddy I can’t stand up here and sing, “I am woman hear me roar ….” …

God’s Measure of a Man

His name is Tommy, and “people called him the coward of the county.”  So went the Kenny Rogers ballad a few years back.  It’s the story of a young man who goes through life with everyone thinking that he’s yellow.  Why?  Because he just won’t fight.  You could knock him down, spit in his face, slander his name all over the place.  You could…

’til All Have Heard

On this Missions Celebration Sunday I invite you to open your Bible to Matthew 24:13-14. A 1983 Anne Murray song skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.  The song is called A Little Good News.  It’s an odd title because the song is mostly about bad news.  Bad news in the paper; bad news on TV: fighting in Lebanon, bad economy, somebody takes a hostage, somebody…

God Loves the World Large

Les Warren and I were driving up to Danville Thursday afternoon for Leon Millsap’s burial.  We went up by way of Mt. Ida.  We came back by way of Ola and good old scenic Highway 7.  Both of us have been all over Arkansas multiple times.  Yet we still can’t help but comment on what a pretty state we live in.  Les said and I concur, “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.” …

Once and For All

On this Easter Sunday, I invite you to open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 15:20-23.  This text comes from the resurrection chapter in the epistles. But Paul does more than tell the story of Jesus’ resurrection.  He explores its implications for the rest of us.  Hear the word of the Lord … (read the text). I Ahmed Ibrahim Awadh, though only in his 30s, was supposed to be…