For many years I have read and reread the stimulating sermons of J Wallace Hamilton. He was the dearly loved pastor of Community Church in Pasadena, Florida. He was called there in 1932 and long before the term “mega-churches” was common-place in America, he pastored one. Ushers counted 3,450 cars one Sunday with families sitting in them and listening to messages from amplifiers on posts and in the trees to this instinctive, brilliant, present tense truth teller. The building held about 1,500, but over 8,000 of his members never came inside.
Whether you like your job or not, the best part of working is coming home to your family. In this season of life my favorite part is coming home and seeing my daughter when I come in…the way her eyes light up. The way she screams DADDY!!!!! And runs to me and wrap her arms around my leg.
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine. Our discussion centered on the ordinance of communion. He explained, “Sunday morning is the highlight of my week because it means that I can partake in communion.” He went on to explain, “this activity is so enriching because I feel in touch with Christ, at this moment, more purely than any other time throughout the week.”
Ever since The Message was published, I have been intrigued by Eugene H. Peterson and his writings. He insightfully shares about Jeremiah in his book Run with the Horses. Among the dramatic dialogues between Jeremiah and Jehovah, the LORD revealed that the divine purpose of Jeremiah’s life was to be found in knowing that God “gave” him to the nations.
I rarely hear leaders talk about it these days, but I am convinced that nothing is more important to the health and success of the believer’s experience than making room for the “Secret Place.” I define the Secret Place in this way.
Politically Correct=Pleasing a standard that was developed by a society. People of the society voluntarily accept a standard that has been placed upon them. It is an unofficial declaration. It is not based on an official absolute, therefore, it is subject to change according to the convenience and pleasures of that particular society
In Mark chapter five, Jesus confronts a demon who makes the statement “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High.” This is another way of saying, “What do we have in common?” Similar expressions can be found in the Old Testament (e.g. 2 Samuel 16:10;19:22), where they mean’ “Mind your own business!” The demon goes on to say “I implore you before God, do not torment me! The demon sensed that he was to be punished and used the most substantial basis for an oath that he knew, though his appeal to God was strangely ironic.
Yesterday, I went out to meet some friends at Uno’s in Downtown Ft. Worth. I arrived early, so I decided to hang out in Starbucks for a while. As I sat, I saw several interesting things. I noticed a small group of people who appeared to be living on the street, and I saw a Muslim woman participating in her ritualistic prayer. I began to think about the passing of Billy Graham, and how his legacy was evangelism.
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Years ago, at Department store in St. Louis, MO. (I was about 8 years old) I found myself lost. My mom was gone. The big store engulfed me with its stuff, and I was all-alone. Somehow I had wandered into another area without anyone noticing. My thoughts went into panic mode. I just knew they had left the store, and I would be on my own forever. What I didn’t know was my mom and the rest of the family was looking for me too with the same tenacity. When we saw each other, peace and joy came back into my heart.