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Memories of 9/11

Date: 9/11/2018
Subject: Vivid and Overwhelming Memories, Thoughts of Now and Then
I was up and about and ready to leave for a meeting with the North American Mission Board in Georgia.  Shirley and my toddler grandson were going with me to stay a couple of days with family in Birmingham.  We were minutes away from […]

By |September 19th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments

True Heirs

Galatians 3:19-4:7
My friends Rickey and Kathy desperately wanted a baby but could not conceive. God miraculously made a way for them to adopt a precious baby girl they named Elizabeth. From the moment she was born, Elizabeth was their child and their heir. When we become believers in Jesus Christ, we are no longer […]

By |September 19th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments

Intentional Love

Luke 10:25-37
The story of the good Samaritan teaches that love is far more than a feeling. Genuine love includes action. In early March, I was scheduled to write the Sunday School lessons for the Baptist Record for three months. I had submitted one when I had to have emergency heart surgery. I was out […]

By |September 19th, 2018|Categories: Bible Studies for Life||0 Comments

Your Expiration Date

I was walking through the grocery store picking up a few items I was assigned to get. As I was putting them in the buggy, I noticed one of the items had an expiration date. It wasn’t past the date, but it was getting close to the time when the date would run out. […]

By |September 12th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments

True Life

Galatians 3:1-14
C’MON MAN! is a segment on ESPN. The commentator says, “Come on man! How could you do something like that?” If Paul were writing today, this would be one of his favorite phrases. In chapter 3, Paul continues his message to the churches of Galatia. He wanted them to understand that the Judaizers […]

By |September 12th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments

Gracious Hospitality

1 Peter 4:7-11
We are known in the south for our hospitality. Yet, southern geniality is not the same as Biblical hospitality, demanded in our text for this week’s lesson. 1 Peter 4:7-11 reads, “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. And above all things […]

By |September 12th, 2018|Categories: Bible Studies for Life||0 Comments

Stop Digging

James Abram Garfield of Ohio was the twentieth president of the United States of America. A Republican whose term was supposed to run from 1881-1885, he had been in office only a few months when there was an assassination attempt. He was leaving Washington, D.C., by train to go on vacation with his family […]

By |September 6th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments

Christianity 104: Be Good Neighbors

Luke 10:25-37
Confronted by Truth
Paul, the great defender of the Jewish faith, became an even mightier defender of the gospel of grace following his conversion experience. Because of his face-to-face encounter with Jesus, Paul was able to challenge Peter to remember that both Jews and Gentiles are equally sinners in need of God’s saving grace […]

By |September 6th, 2018|Categories: Explore the Bible||0 Comments

Open Arms

James 2:1-10
God cares how you greet people at church. In fact, He wrote about in His word in James 2:1-4, “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly […]

By |September 6th, 2018|Categories: Bible Studies for Life||0 Comments

The Dead Garden

Recently at a conference I was attending at one of our churches, a lady from the church was telling me about an experience she had with her young granddaughter.  They were riding along on their way to church, and as so many of our churches have an adjoining cemetery nearby, the little girl said […]

By |August 29th, 2018|Categories: Directions||0 Comments