April 18, 2018

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. — John 13:34

Bernard of Clairvaux was one of the most gifted spiritual writers of the 12th century. He was a monk and the head of the Catholic monastery at Clairvaux in France. His extraordinary personal magnetism attracted many who were seeking a deeper Christian life. This is what he wrote on why we love God and others:
 
"God is entitled to...

April 11, 2018

"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved." — Matthew 9:17
 
In 1965, Keith Miller wrote a book called The Taste Of New Wine. It was a call for Christian renewal in the home, the office, and the church. It pleaded against the compartmentalization of the Christian faith, where the average believer was o...

April 4, 2018

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  — Hebrews 10:24-25
 
I have been a pastor now for over forty years. That means I have been through at least that many Easter Sundays and Christmas services as those years represent. And that doesn't include the number I attended befor...

January 25, 2018

"Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. . ." 

— 1 Corinthians 9:24-26
 
In 2002, the Winter Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The torch that made its way across the world to the games that year passed within 50 yards o...

January 17, 2018

While in my first ten-year career stop with a regional natural gas utility headquartered in Dallas, Texas, at age 24, they sent me to a marketing seminar at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where I heard an impressive lecture by the head buyer of Macy's Department Store in NYC, at the time the largest and most profitable department store in the world. He was a 60–70 year old white-haired Jewish man who spoke for the morning session. Picture a Davi...

January 10, 2018

"So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the  household of  he faith."
— Galatians 6:10


On a spring day in Pennsylvania, a poor boy was selling goods to pay his way through school. The year was 1863, and the boy was going door-to-door to meet his goal. While traveling through the countryside, he became hungry. He only had a dime left, so he decided to ask for food at the next house.

Howeve...

May 31, 2017

"Congress shall make no law. . . abridging the freedom of speech . . ."  (First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)

Remember the playground taunt, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me"? Well, not so. Words matter, and sometimes they hurt so much that people have committed suicide, or psychologically have been scarred for life, especially in this day of social media.

It seems, however, in this age of hateful rhetoric that alm...

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