When I was a child in the 1930s living in Nebraska we learned to cope with the Great Depression plus the extended drought of the Dust Bowl Days.
Psalm 46:10a reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; . . .” Be still. That is easy to say, but does God realize the noises that surrounds me every day? Overhead we hear the rumble of passing aircraft. Add to that the trucks shifting gears to climb the surrounding hills, sirens from emergen…
Proverbs 22:3 can easily be applied to the wildflower we examine today: “A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
Matthew 5:5 reads, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” I have chosen this verse because the wildflower today is a lowly short-lived wildflower.
The Apostle Paul writes that divine love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV). Love always hopes.
The Psalmist expressed praise of the Almighty God by noting His great strength when he said, “Thou art the God who works wonders; thou hast made known Thy strength among the peoples.” (Ps. 77:14)
The birth, life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus demonstrated that fatherly yearning of God. It demonstrated the depth of that love that caused Jesus to sacrifice himself for our redemption.
Today let us reflect on Psalm 119:27 “Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, so I will meditate on Thy wonders.” The Genesis account of creation profoundly states mankind is made in the image of God. Yet no two of us are identical. Each of us are influenced by our environment in unique …
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty” (Proverbs 22:3). These are wise observations that may be applied to people regarding the control of thistles, especially today’s thistle.
Some of us have marveled at the perspective of the Native American cultures in which the land and the buffalo were God’s gifts for all to use, not to own. In those cultures, the abundantly fruitful world was to be carefully managed and not wastefully exploited.
In Matthew 13:44 (KJV) Jesus illustrated the excitement of discovery of God’s love and grace. He said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” (KJV)
Job, the subject of an Old Testament book, suffered a devastating loss of wealth and family. Several friends came to sit with him, each one with the notion that he “knew” why God had caused this happen to Job.
We are in the middle of a serious health pandemic. The deaths by COVID-19 have exceeded 125,000 in our nation. When compared to the number of deaths by our military personnel in the Korean War plus the Vietnam War (33,686 + 58,220) we have already lost 30,000 or more to COVID-19 than in those wars combined.
During the Spring Quarter (March, April and May), I had the opportunity of writing 14 Sunday School lessons for the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church on the subject of “Justice and The Prophets.” It was an enlightening though intense study of God’s intention to bring about justice in the world, humankind’s failure to heed the message and refusal to repent, and God’s judgmental fulfillment of his promise to set things right.
The Covid-19 plague that surrounds us is teaching us that our relationships extend beyond our families to include our neighbors, state, nation, and the nations of the world. From this pandemic are many tragic deaths, sacrifices and especially on those in poverty.
When God pronounced the penalty for Adam’s sin, He said Adam was to till the ground, and that "both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you”(Gen. 3:18).
One of the things that separates the rather tedious everyday-ness of coronavirus reports of sickness, deaths, isolation, social distancing, quarantines, supply shortages and unemployment is Sunday!
Mother’s Day this year is unique experience. In the past it was celebrated by a large crowd of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This year we are considering the impact of COVID-19 on the elderly, the most vulnerable to the virus.
A Methodist pastor talked about leaving the ministry. He said he had lost the joy of serving. He no longer enjoyed pastoring or counseling or preaching or any of the other responsibilities of being a clergy person. When asked about his prayer life, there was an awkward silence. Tragically, like so many other people, this pastor didn’t have a prayer life.
A family was watching a movie of the life of Jesus on television. Their 6-year-old daughter was deeply moved as the moviemaker realistically portrayed Jesus’ crucifixion and death.
King David knew the Creator well when he wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.”(Ps. 19:1-2 KJV).
COVID-19 is the focus around the world. As finite individuals with the propensity to ask “Why?” may we attune our spiritual ears to the wisdom that God’s Spirit provides through His Word. When Jesus taught us to “love our neighbor as ourselves,” (Mark 12:31) He surely meant for us to think h…
Except for Easter, 1986, when my youngest daughter made her grand entrance into the world, Easter 2020 will be the most unusual I’ve ever experienced.
A tall good looking young man came to a minister’s office one day to talk. The young man’s very appearance gave evidence that he had a lot to live for, but he had a troubled mind.
In the 17 years that this column has existed, I have never written a special one to address a current situation that was either tumultuous or triumphant.
Just a few days ago, we were complaining about life’s little annoyances. The pastor’s sermon was too long. Standing in line for more than five minutes at the checkout line, or the fast food place.
What do we intend to do with our lives? As we contemplate this critical question, we need to remember that our dreams are more important than the vehicles we drive.
Jesus never gave up on the lost. Whether it was the multitudes who appeared to Him as sheep without a shepherd, or individuals like the woman at the well who needed Living Water, Jesus cared about the lost.
On the way to a meeting, I passed a florist truck. I couldn’t help but notice the advertisement on the side of the truck. The advertisement read: “Flowers whisper how you feel.”
I have several friends who have recently experienced the death of loved ones in their families. In the past few days, I have been involved in one such family’s graveside service.
It’s been a long time since I have addressed the subject of marriage. Primarily, it’s because I know that everybody is not married, nor should they be. In addition, I am aware that sometimes marriages end in divorce as “the lesser of two evils,” and that the church’s task is to lift burdens not add to them.
The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War (June 25,1950). On Thursday, March 26, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the Georgia Department of Veterans Services will partner to say “Thank You” to Korean War veterans for their honorable military service and personal sacrifice by hosting a special medal and certificate ceremony. This special ceremony is being hosted by the Walk of Heroes/Veterans War Memorial and American Legion Post 77 at 674 American Legion Road in Conyers, beginning at 2:30 p.m.
In the movie “Gladiator,” there is a scene where Maximus is about to lead his army into battle. While challenging his men, he says, “Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.”