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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…

For Love

In his book The Fall, Albert Camus has his hero, Jean-Baptiste Clamence, say, “Do you know that in my little village, during a punitive operation, a German officer courteously asked an old woman to please choose which of her two sons would be shot as a hostage?  Choose!—can you imagine that?  That one?  No, this one!”  Imagine what that must have looked like: a mother…

Bring Someone With You: Your Children

Please open your Bible this morning to Genesis 22:1-14.  We’ve been spending the last few Sundays thinking together about making disciples in a series called Bring Someone with You.  As we conclude the series this morning, here’s where we’ve been so far: First, be sure Jesus is bringing you with Him—before you can bring anyone with you, make sure you’re on the…

Bring Someone With You to Deeper Faith

We’re thinking together these few Sundays about making disciples.  The series is called Bring Someone with You.  As we continue the series this morning, I invite you to open your Bible to Acts 18:24-28. Last October marked the 40th anniversary of my ordination to the gospel ministry.  All in all, it’s been a pretty good ride.  I wish I had done better in some things. …

Bring Someone With You Through Encouragement

As we continue our making disciples series called Bring Someone with You, I invite you to open your Bible to Judges 4:1-10. A few years ago, one of our members named Jim was sitting at a Wednesday night supper table with Ross Rumore. They got acquainted.  Jim learned that Ross had been a career Marine.  Ross said, “I still play the bugle for 100-120 veteran funerals every…

Bring Someone With You to Jesus

As we continue our series on making disciples called Bring Someone with You, I invite you to open your Bible to John 1:43-51. Stephen Ambrose tells the story of a Private Fitzgerald who described the terror of the D-Day landing in those early hours at Normandy on June 6, 1944.  The Germans were unloading a barrage from their 88mm guns.  Fitzgerald said, “The impact of the…

Jesus Brings Us

As we begin a new sermon series this morning, I invite you to open your Bible to Luke 9:23.  We’re calling the series Bring Someone with You.  More than a series, this is a focus for our congregation this year.  Last year our focus was More Than a Face—an effort to get us noticing all kinds of people and sharing Christ with people.  While evangelism is always at the heart…