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Three difference-makers from 2020.

Difference-Makers in 2020

Posted on January 20

DIFFERENCE-MAKERS IN 2020 I’ve been impressed by how some professional football players have looked beyond themselves to be a difference-maker during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 has produced a lot of horrifying stories, but the sports world has produced some very good ones. Here are three. I was in Kansas City two years ago and read about a unique Kansas City football player, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. He was the starting right tackle for the Chiefs and the... more »

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A doctor's appointment slip between the Great Physician and the blog reader.

A Doctor’s Appointment

Posted on January 13

A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT People who accomplish the most in life are people of vision. This makes it necessary for each of us to check our vision. I go annually to my eye doctor and have my physical vision checked. Oftentimes, I have to make corrections in my glasses and contacts to sharpen my vision. This is a good time to examine your vision and make necessary corrections. The Great Physician can do that! The Old... more »

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An impala won't jump a fence if they can't see the other side.

The January Jump

Posted on January 6

THE JANUARY JUMP A small vision will never influence big people. If you have a small-sized vision, ask God to help you supersize it to His God-sized vision for you. While a God-sized vision might seem impossible, and even improbable, it can become inevitable when we’re willing to see it, seize it, and surrender to it! (Tweet this!) One of the great Christian visionary leaders was Dr. John Edmund Haggai. One day, I was speaking... more »

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Shug Jordan aside a picture from Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasions.

What Do You Expect?

Posted on December 30

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? One of the greatest football coaches Alabama has produced was Ralph “Shug” Jordan. He was the head football coach at Auburn for twenty-four years and had an enviable win/loss football record of 176-83-6. He was the National Football Coach of the Year in 1957 and several times Coach of the Year in the SEC. He’s in the Hall of Fame. He was also head basketball coach at Auburn and Georgia. He... more »

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There's a new dress code for this year's Christmas.

A New Dress Code

Posted on December 23

A NEW DRESS CODE What is the proper dress code for Christmas and the days following Christmas? In Colossians 3:12-14, Paul gives us a new dress code of seven garments to wear everyday. These garments never go out of style! Put on COMPASSION. (v.12) When Jesus saw a crowd, He looked on them with compassion. Compassion comes from two words: com and passion, meaning “with passion.” But remember that Thomas Aquinas said, “I’d rather feel... more »

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A Christmas gift all wrapped up.

What Are You Giving for Christmas?

Posted on December 16

WHAT ARE YOU GIVING FOR CHRISTMAS? There are just a few shopping days left. Do you still need a few gifts? Here are some Biblical gift suggestions for your special people. TO YOUR FRIENDS – Give a Christ-like relationship. Friendship is based on relationships. Take the initiative to form a solid Christ-like relationship. Proverbs 18:24 says, “There are friends who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” A little third-grade... more »

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A typo identified John Ed Mathison as a saint.

What is a Saint?

Posted on December 9

WHAT IS A SAINT? I preached at the First United Methodist Church in Ozark, AL, in November 2020. I shared that one of the most unusual things that has happened to me in my ministry occurred in Ozark. Because people sometimes think that preachers make up stories, I actually carried a copy of the incident as reported by the Ozark newspaper, The Southern Star,  to show that I was telling the truth. The occasion was... more »

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Lemons and limes in a basket.

Lemons, Limes, and Life

Posted on December 2

LEMONS, LIMES, AND LIFE Life is lived daily. When you look at things each day, what do you see? Two people can look at the same thing and see something different. Attitude greatly influences life by what we see. One day, Jesus was teaching, and there were thousands of people there. It had been an extremely long teaching session, and people were hungry. The disciples confronted Jesus about it because they didn’t want the crowd... more »

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A calendar filled with days of thanksgiving.

What Day is Thanksgiving?

Posted on November 25

WHAT DAY IS THANKSGIVING? Thanksgiving is not a day on the calendar but rather an attitude towards life. I think it was Mark Twain who said we ought not to have a day of thanksgiving, but instead have a day of grumbling. His point was that we should confine our grumbling to just one day and our thanksgiving to the other 364 days! I read about a man who decided to put thanksgiving into practice.... more »

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Si "Mat" Mathison counting

Count Correctly

Posted on November 18

COUNT CORRECTLY What we count in life is a reflection of our attitude and focus. A life out of focus counts the wrong things and produces an unhealthy attitude. Counting the right things is an indication of a good focus in life that is expressing a healthy attitude. Counting correctly counts! We’re counting a lot of things this season. We’re counting people for the census, daily counting the number of COVID-19 cases, counting calories, counting... more »

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