Spiritual Discipline

We were watching the world’s strongest men competition one time. Man oh man. Those guys are impressive. They do these crazy things like pull a fire truck, or drag a 400 pound chain. They pick up round stone balls and set them up on top of these high shelves. This one guy was the best…

What is Success?

Everyone is talking about success. Everyone wants to be a success. How will you know if you get it? What is success? Well, it seems like there are differing ideas, but just about everyone can agree on what success isn’t. I got this in the email from a friend. These are actual quotes taken from actual…

When the Going Gets Tough…

James Collins and Jerry Porras are two Stanford University researchers that studied the eighteen most visionary companies in the world to determine the secret of their success. They titled their book, ‘Built to Last.” Collins and Porras discovered that most of the world’s top flight corporations had difficult beginnings. When Masaru Ibuka founded Sony in…

Keeping the Pride

In 1992 we bought our first mini van. I was so proud. Talk about pride in ownership! We had wanted one for years. The perfect family machine. It could get us around the country. I washed it every week. Waxed it, the whole bit. Kept it shiny. Then we added two more children. Spills. Miles. Scratches…

Kicking and Screaming

Have you seen that beautiful poem about footprints in the sand? You have to have seen it. It’s everywhere. It’s on coffee mugs, letter openers, placemats. The poem tells about a man that had a dream and was talking to God. Scenes of his life flashed across his mind and he saw two sets of footprints…

What is Love?

Love means different things to different folks. My sister in law sent me this. The Redneck Love Poem. Collards are green, my dog’s name is Blue and I’m so lucky to have a sweet thang like you. Yore hair is like cornsilk a-flappin in the breeze. Softer than Blue’s and without all them fleas. You…

The Demon of Overeating

Every day in America 101,280,321 adults are on diets. We spend $2,021,918 on exercise equipment and jog 17 million miles, burning 1.7 billion calories. So why is it that every year we pledge to lose weight? Why haven’t we lost it by now? Maybe it’s because every day we also consume 75 acres of pizza, 53 million…

Playing Like a Champion

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest champions to ever play. I saw him once against the Houston Rockets. Most of the game he was a sleeper. I was disappointed. Jordan didn’t seem like anything special. The Rockets were owning him. Two minutes to go in the game. Rockets up by ten. No chance. Then it…

The Greatest Comforters are Those Who have been Comforted

A while back, I was preparing for a sermon on mourning and the premise was: “Blessed are those who morn for they shall be comforted.” That week, I got a call from a man in Cordova, Tennessee. The caller said that he was Richard Hipps, pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in Cordova near Memphis….

The Real Count Dracula

There was once a kingdom in old Eastern Europe, not far from the Black Sea and ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. During the anarchy of the dark ages, this little realm stood as a shining example of law and order. According to legend, the territory was so safe that the ruler placed a solid gold…

Being Content with Weakness

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Blessed are those who know their need. Blessed are the broken. (Matthew 5:3) I read that and thought, Huh? You gotta be kidding. Poor in spirit? Lord, this is the 21st century. Every body knows that the secret to happiness is feeling good about ourselves no matter…

Playing Our Best

Chuck Swindoll is one of my favorite preachers. He tells the story of a kid in the concert hall. The great Polish pianist Paderewski was scheduled to perform. A mother of a young boy either couldn’t find a sitter or thought it was a good idea to give her son some culture, so she brought…