You Never Know What It Will Do

Enourage-Someone-Photo-583x465          H. T. Webster was a famous newspaper cartoonist.  He once did something to amuse himself, but he ended up discovering something.

He picked twenty of his friends and sent them congratulatory telegrams.  None of them had actually done anything outstanding for which they should be congratulated, but to each one he sent a one-word message, “Congratulations.”

He thought that was funny, until a few days later Continue reading

You mean it wasn’t what I said?

Pastor2          OK, I’ll admit it.  Sometimes we “professional” ministers think a lot more of ourselves than we should.  We aren’t always as enlightening or inspiring or thought-provoking as we think we are.

Case in point – Alexander Maclaren was a well-known preacher in England in the 19th century.  Continue reading

Keep the Lamp Burning Brightly

lighthouses     I found J. Allen Blair’s insight (in Living Consistently) challenging.  He recalled a friend who visited a lighthouse and asked the keeper, “Are you not afraid to live here?”

     The keeper replied, “Not at all.  We never think of ourselves.”

     The surprised visitor said, “You never think of yourselves!  How is that?” Continue reading

Catch the Wave

Do you want to see something amazing?  Check out the video below.  It’s about 1 ½ minutes long.  Here’s a description of what you’ll see…

Famed surfer Laird Hamilton is standing on his surfboard being pulled along by a jet ski.  At the right time (when he has gained enough speed), he lets go and begins to surf on his own.  And THEN the camera starts to pull back, and you realize that he is not on just any wave.  As the camera keeps pulling back, Continue reading

Just one cog?

cogI’m just one person.  What can I do?  How can I really make a difference?  I’m not that important.  I’m just a cog in the machine.

All of that is true of you.  You probably won’t make a huge impact in the world.  You are just one person – insignificant in the big scheme things.

UNLESS… Continue reading

What Would I Do?

A few months ago, my son Jameson asked me a sobering question. I was reminded of it last night.

Newsong came to FBC with their Christmas Tour again (and all the groups were incredible). Jameson got to sing Christmas Shoes with them on stage – it made this dad proud. But Jameson is always excelling (musically, academically, athletically, and even spiritually).

Yes, I may be bragging, but I’m getting to something – I promise.

I am very proud of him. I love him. I would do anything I could for him.

And that takes me back to the question.

We had just finished our nightly prayers, and he looked at me and said, “Dad, you know how Abraham had a son and God asked him to sacrifice him? Would you do that?”

Wow!

Now I think I answered properly, but I will admit that the answer was a struggle.

When we are pressed to give a good “Christian” answer, we can typically give the acceptable Sunday School answer. But what would your heart say?

What does that say about our hearts?

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But I Can’t?

I can’t teach.  I can’t deac.  I can’t ush.  And I definitely don’t do dirty diapers.  There’s nothing I can do at church!

Really?

Who came up with the idea that there are only a few things that you can do in and through the church?  Who came up with the idea that if you can’t do certain “noticed” things, it’s OK to just sit back and soak?  I can assure you, it wasn’t God!

Over the past few days I’ve been reminded of that.

Saturday (while taking some time to honor our church’s widows) a number of people came to wash cars while others decorated, cooked, and served a meal.  Not your “usual” ways to serve in the church.

And today nearly 40 people came to sew – that’s right – sew!   Continue reading

Wrestling with God?

For a number of weeks at First Baptist Church of Pascagoula, I have been preaching a series on the life of Jacob. (Really interesting – the man, not the sermons 😉 )

Anyway, lately we’ve been focused on the night Jacob wrestled with God. Have you ever wrestled with God? I have. For that matter, I sometimes think I’m doing it now.

* What do you do when you can almost taste God’s movement? Continue reading

Mississippi has the opportunity to vote for life or death

Amendments 26

I’m sure that you have heard about it, but what have you heard?

For those who have not actually seen what the wording is (that Mississippians have the opportunity to vote for or against), it is this:

“Should the term ‘person’ be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?  __ Yes __ No”

That’s it – in its entirety. Continue reading

What would you do?

The following article was published in First Baptist’s Reminder newsletter September 28, 2011…

Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a house church in the former Soviet Union.  They had to meet in secret to avoid reprisals from the communist government.  One Sunday these believers arrived inconspicuously in small groups throughout the day so as not to arouse the suspicion of the KGB informers.  By dusk they were all safely inside, windows closed, and doors locked.  They began by singing a hymn quietly but with deep emotion.  Suddenly, the door was pushed open and in walked two soldiers with loaded automatic weapons at the ready.  One shouted, “All right – everybody line up against the wall.  If you wish to renounce your commitment to Jesus Christ, leave now!” Continue reading