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Are you giving thanks, or living thanks?

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The day before Thanksgiving, an elderly gentleman in Phoenix called his son in New York and said, “Son, I hate to ruin your day, but I have some news for you. Your mother and I are divorcing. Forty-five years of misery is enough, so call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son called his sister, told her the news, and she exploded on the phone: “Getting a divorce? What are they thinking? I’ll take care of this right now!” Read More»

What is your life known for?

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Former Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow is outspoken about his faith in Jesus Christ. Whether wearing scripture verses such as John 3:16 and Philippians 4:13 under his eyes or “taking a knee” for a moment of prayer in the middle of a touchdown celebration, the former Heisman Trophy winner is unashamed.

Tebow now plays for the Denver Broncos, and, suddenly his prayer moment has become the latest internet sensation.

It started just two weeks ago when Broncos fan Jared Kleinstein, a Denver native who now lives in New York, was watching the Denver game with friends at a bar. Read More»

Choosing to live life

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A minister was asked to do the funeral for a real rascal. A man approached him and said, “I know my brother was a lying, drunken cheat who ran around on his wife and never amounted to anything. But you will refer to him as a saint.” That was a tough assignment! The pastor knew both men were lying, drunken cheats. In fact, younger brother had a worse reputation than older brother.

Funeral time came, and the pastor decided to shoot straight. He said, “We all know this man was a horrible, no good, miserable low-life, but compared to his brother sitting over there, he was a saint!” Read More»

Great marriages are still possible when Christ is at the center

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Last week, I shared with our Wednesday night group that I was returning to our First Peter sermon series on Sunday, and that we’d be looking in chapter three at Peter’s instructions to wives.

The husbands perked up, chuckled and said, “All right!”

Then I said, “Wait a minute. Technically, it’s Peter’s instructions to wives with difficult husbands.”

The wives liked that one and the husbands groaned as one lady commented, “That’s every wife.”

So husbands can be difficult, huh? What about wives? Read More»

Grady Avenue roundabout reveals need for refresher on meaning of ‘yield’

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Have you noticed how many drivers would benefit from a refresher course in driver’s education? How some of these folks get a license and keep a license is beyond me.

Several years ago, my mom was riding with her sister when they approached an intersection with a green light. Ruby came to a complete stop in Macon traffic.

“Ruby, why are we stopping? The light’s green,” my mom said.

Ruby replied, “Well, it’s about to turn red.” And a few seconds later, it did. Read More»

Where were you when the towers fell? One man’s experience on 9/11

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Tuesday morning is major study time for me as I prepare for next Sunday’s message. On September 11, 2001, I was busy writing when our secretary rang me and said, “An airplane just crashed into the World Trade Center.”

I immediately turned the radio on and tuned into breaking news. Drawn into the news coverage, I totally lost my focus. When the second tower was hit, I had this sudden sense that I needed to go home and be with my wife. When I got home, she had no idea what was happening.

I turned on the TV, and said, “Our nation is being attacked.” Read More»

Twelve reasons we don’t get more done

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I heard about a man who visited Uncertain, Texas, population 273. I don’t know whether Uncertain is near Muleshoe and Lazboddie, or closer to North Zulch and Dime Box. This poor man had car trouble and found himself stranded in a small, unfamiliar place. The people were friendly enough, but he became frustrated with them rather quickly. Every time he asked someone where he was, they would answer, “Uncertain.” After several “Uncertain” replies, he threw his arms up in the air and screamed, “Doesn’t anybody in this town know where they are?” Read More»

These eyes are watching you, and you do have influence

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A man took the bus to work. Since rain was predicted, he went to get the umbrella, but his wife stopped him.

“You have taken every umbrella we have and haven’t brought a single one back. I need that umbrella for my running around today. Just hope it doesn’t rain before you get to work.”

So he caught his bus, and by the time he was approaching his stop, the bottom fell out. It was pouring and he had a two-block walk to his office. Then he noticed a gentle Quaker sitting across from him with an umbrella propped in his seat. Read More»

Be careful how you sleep in church

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Several years ago, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran a story about Los Angeles juror number 2386. This man had faithfully reported for jury duty, but had been sitting in the courtroom for two days, waiting to be interviewed by lawyers.

Suddenly, he let out a loud yawn.

Superior Court Judge Craig Veals said, “You yawned rather audibly there. As a matter of fact, it was to the point that it was contemptuous.”

“I’m sorry, but I’m really bored,” the juror replied.

“I’m sorry?” the judge responded, and the juror repeated his statement. Read More»

Just be honest, OK? Just tell the truth

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The other day, I was finishing a very pleasant visit with a couple who had worshipped with us the previous Sunday. They walked me out the door, pulled the door shut, and then realized the door was locked.

Yes, the door was locked and the folks did not have a key in their pocket nor hidden outside. So what to do? It was hot and humid and we were already starting to sweat.

I called the office and one of our ministry assistants picked up a phone book, looked in the yellow pages and gave me a number for a locksmith listing in Fayette County. Read More»